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Bears signed UCLA S Anthony Jefferson.

Jefferson (6'1/198) made 25 starts for UCLA, earning a second-team All-Pac 12 pick by the conference's coaches as a senior. He recorded three career interceptions. A good college player who will likely struggle to transition, Jefferson ran 4.72 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Jefferson could perhaps carve out playing time as a dime linebacker. His best NFL fit is on special teams.
May 4 - 6:33 PM

Only 60 of the 84 underclassmen who declared early for the 2015 NFL Draft were drafted.

In other words, 24 (at least) made major mistakes in jumping early. The 28.6 percent of underclassmen who went undrafted this year actually represents a decline from last year's 36.7 percent mark. Amongst the biggest notable names who will have to begin their careers as UDFAs after declaring early: SS Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, WR DaVaris Daniels, Notre Dame, DE Deion Barnes, Penn State, TE Jean Sifrin, Massachusetts, WR Deontay Greenberry, Houston, DT Ellis McCarthy, UCLA and WR George Farmer, USC.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 8:55 PM

Packers traded up to select UCLA QB Brett Hundley with the No. 147 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hundley (6'3/226) made 40 starts at UCLA, completing 67.6 percent of his passes with a 75:25 TD-to-INT ratio and 30 more rushing scores. He absorbed a whopping 125 sacks in three college seasons, also fumbling 29 times. Although Hundley is strong armed and a terrific athlete, he showed zero feel for the pocket at UCLA and completed an abysmal 32.6 percent of his throws on the run. Smart (26 Wonderlic) with NFL-caliber tools, Hundley is a multi-year project who needs to ride the bench for at least a season or two, and will be afforded that time with the Packers.
May 2 - 2:17 PM

Giants selected UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Odighizuwa (6'4/267) rebounded from a lost 2013 (hip surgeries) to tally 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a 13-game starter last year. A huge (11") and heavy-handed edge presence, "Owa" has earned Pernell McPhee comparisons for his ability to win with brute strength and convert speed to power. A chiseled athlete, Odighizuwa has six-percent body fat and ran 4.62 at the Combine with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-7 broad jump. He was also an excellent run defender in the Pac 12.
May 1 - 10:11 PM

Vikings selected UCLA MLB Eric Kendricks with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Kendricks (6'0/232) was the 2014 Butkus Award winner as college football's top linebacker, finishing his career as UCLA's all-time leading tackler. An intelligent (32 Wonderlic) and explosive athlete, Kendricks ran 4.61 in Indy with a 38-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Like his older brother, Eric possesses rare cover skills for the linebacker position and is an attacker in the run game. In terms of on-field skill set, Kendricks has been compared to Cowboys LB Sean Lee by Rotoworld's Josh Norris. He'll play middle linebacker for the Vikings between WLB Chad Greenway and SLB Anthony Barr.
May 1 - 8:17 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks UCLA LB Eric Kendricks as the No. 4 available player heading into Day 2.

"He is the best coverage linebacker in this draft. He lacks ideal size and power for the position in run defense, but he makes up for it with very good overall range and his quick diagnosis of plays," McShay wrote. "He's a playmaker against both the run and the pass." As you know, we rank Kendricks as the best prospect on the board at the moment. In an updated Day 2 mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler slots Kendricks to the Miami Dolphins at No. 47. Another potential landing spot is two picks earlier, where Brugler gives the Vikings Benardrick McKinney of Mississippi State instead.
May 1 - 5:00 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is the best available player heading into Day 2 on Josh Norris' board.

Norris compares Kendricks to Sean Lee and ranks him as the No. 7 prospect in the class overall. "One of the best coverage linebackers I have seen," Norris wrote. "His Virginia game is my favorite of any prospect this year. Aggressive. Attacks ball carries rather than just waiting at the second level. Best at working around blocks with angles and quicks but not afraid to hold his own. Can play multiple linebacker spots." The prospect boasts a stellar SPARQ% of 84.3. He figures to go in the top half of Round 2.
Source: Rotoworld
May 1 - 3:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that his sources have confirmed that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is "in the mix as the Arizona Cardinals pick in round one."

While the Cardinals could be interested in drafting one of the elite backs in Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, both prospects could be off the board. If the Cardinals are in this situation, it could be a reality that Kendricks could be their guy. Our own Josh Norris has continuously banged the table for Kendricks as a top 10 talent, and the Butkus Award winner has every right to go in the first round, as the No. 1 inside linebacker in this draft class.
Apr 30 - 3:03 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden believes the way edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa was used at UCLA renders his evaluation difficult.

Odighizuwa played the 4-technique in a 3-4 scheme at UCLA, lining up inside the OT, which "really inhibited [him] as a pass-rusher." In sub packages, Owa lined up a bit wider. "Is he going to be a defensive end or an outside linebacker in the sub packages, or is he going to be a base end?" wondered Gruden. The former coach likes aspects of Owa's game ("...grabbing hold of the tackle, looking for the ball carrier, shedding and making the play") but wonders if he can play on his feet and in reverse. "Odighizuwa is a physical freak, and I want as many freaks as I can get on my team, but Jim Mora is an excellent defensive coach, and if you are playing a 3-4 scheme, why wouldn't you put one of your best athletes outside?" Gruden said. "Maybe his instincts aren't great? Maybe he is not good in reverse? He might not survive in there as a 4-technique."
Apr 29 - 5:57 PM

UCLA QB Brett Hundley is "not unlike a Blake Bortles" and "can be developed," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He has the physical tools," the scout said. "Got a strong arm. Yes, he'll be a starter at some point. It's not a refined talent." The biggest concerns the scout canvassed in the story had with Hundley was his accuracy. "He's a running back playing quarterback, OK?" another scout said. We more or less agree with that assessment. "I wonder about how coachable this guy is," another scout said. "There's a lot of ability there."
Apr 29 - 2:36 PM

One team failed UCLA LB Eric Kendricks medically due to a knee issue, according to Bob McGinn.

"Tough, quick, sudden, plays fast," one scout told McGinn. "Just hurt all the time." This is the first time we have read anything regarding Kendricks' medicals. He made 42 starts during his time at UCLA. Many quotes cited by McGinn discuss Kendricks' lack of size. Excuse our bias, but we don't see the issue. He is 6'0/232 lbs. We think Kendricks should be a first round pick, but a top 50 selection is more realistic.
Apr 28 - 9:59 AM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says "I don't think there is a better all-around player" than UCLA LB Eric Kendricks.

We assume Gruden means the best all-around linebacker. Either way, the former coach agrees with Rotoworld's evaluation of Kendricks. "The way he runs and hits is outstanding," Gruden said. "He is a polished pass defender and is also pretty good against the run if you cover him." Kendricks (6-foot 1/8, 235 pounds) posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical and 10-feet-4 broad jump at the combine. He's hyper productive.
Apr 27 - 11:39 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay proclaims that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks "is the best cover linebacker in this draft."

The analyst ranks Kendricks No. 27 overall. "He covers a lot of ground in zone, and does a good job of holding up in man. He's also a playmaker versus the run," McShay wrote. "He lacks ideal size and power for the position, but he makes up for it with his quickness, instincts and tackling ability." Kendricks (6-foot 1/8, 235 pounds) posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical and 10-feet-4 broad jump at the combine. "He plays really fast but is almost always under control, and he always seems to be around the ball and making plays," McShay wrote. "We have an early second-round grade on him and ranked him as the No. 1 inside linebacker in this draft class, and it wouldn't surprise me if he sneaked into the first round."
Apr 26 - 5:26 PM

An NFL scout says UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa has good instincts and strength but wonders "how much better is he going to get?"

Other scouts speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger called Owa "tough," "athletic," and said he "plays hard every down," but "needs to learn the game a little better." ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Odighizuwa No. 52 overall. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Odighizuwa is likely to go high on Day 2. "His pass rush will be the key. If he shows he can get to the quarterback, he's really going to be a good player," a scout said.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 12:07 AM

NFL scouts think UCLA QB Brett Hundley "has not improved in college and still lacks poise in the pocket" and dinged him for Colin Kaepernick's 2014 struggles, reports Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com.

"He can run and throw and was able to ring up a lot of yards in college, but Hundley rarely looked smooth and natural, especially in the pocket, where he seemed impatient and all too ready to run," Cooney wrote. Hundley posted 11,713 yards passing and a 75/25 TD/INT ratio in college and possesses top-notch tools, but we've never been high on him because he abandons his responsibility as a passer in the threat of danger. "He sometimes over-strides while passing, making his release point much lower and usually guides the ball from that stance, which means a slow release that invites an alert NFL defender to jump the route. He has ability, but is a project," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 7:55 PM


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