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UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton will not declare for the NFL Draft.

"I’m coming back," Payton told reporters after Saturday's practice. "There were reports saying that I was leaving or something, but I’m coming back. Didn’t really even think about leaving, to be honest with you." Payton is perhaps referring to Tony Pauline's report last weekend. Either way, we're pleased to hear that he's returning to school, as Payton was graded as a mid- to late-round pick. Payton leads the Bruins with 63 receptions for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.
Dec 20 - 11:11 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis writes that there are "still concerns about [UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley's] pocket presence and he could really boost his stock with another year of seasoning."

"Around midseason, I thought coming back to UCLA for another season could be the best thing in the world for Hundley," Davis wrote. "Now, he improved his play, starting with the Oregon game, but I still feel he'd benefit from returning for another season with the Bruins." If we were advising the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hundley, we'd implore him to return to school. His weaknesses, such as dropping his eyes under pressure and discomfort in the pocket, will be particularly pronounced in the pros. "There's plenty left for him to accomplish in college," Davis wrote. "No doubt, though, he's a great talent." Of course, Bruins HC Jim Mora has already announced Hundley will leave school after it plays in the Alamo Bowl against Kansas State.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 10:10 AM

NFL scouts will scrutinize UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley's performance in the Alamo Bowl against Kansas State, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Evaluators may be more interested in Hundley's matchup than in any other individual prospect's. NFL.com recently ranked Hundley as the No. 1 prospect with the "most on line" during the bowl season. "The UCLA passer has the prototypical physical skill-set for the NFL with his size, athleticism and arm talent, but his inconsistencies reading defenses and handling pressure are two innate deficiencies that make some believe he's a future bust," Brugler wrote. "Facing the Wildcats' defense will be the final true test in a game setting for Hundley to show scouts improvements in those trouble areas." This, of course, will be Hundley's last collegiate game, as UCLA HC Jim Mora has confirmed Hundley will make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 10:56 PM

UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks was named the winner of the 11th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy.

The nominees for the Lott IMPACT trophy are judged on their performance on the field and their character off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. The UCLA prospect beat out Alabama safety Landon Collins, Washington linebacker Hauâoli Kikaha and Duke's David Helton for the award. Kendricks became the second UCLA player to win the award. Teammate Anthony Barr won it in 2013. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the underrated Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in the 2015 draft class and believes he is worthy of top-50 consideration.
Dec 15 - 2:22 PM

NFL.com ranks UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley as the No. 1 prospect with the "most on line" during the bowl season.

Last week, UCLA HC Jim Mora confirmed that Hundley will make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft, telling the media that Jan. 2's Alamo Bowl against Kansas State would be his last collegiate game. "He might be among the most divisive players scouts will look at over the coming months -- some scouts see star potential, others see a potential bust," wrote Bryan Fischer. "His last performance was a clunker against a good Stanford defense, costing his team a trip to the Pac-12 title game, so pressure is on to prove he's making the right decision to come out with a good game against a solid Kansas State team." Rotoworld sees the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hundley not as an elite prospect, but a developmental investment. He will get picked higher than we think he ought to.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 14 - 2:58 PM

UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton will declare for the draft, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

We like Payton enough, but are a bit surprised by this news. CBS Sports ranks him as the No. 22 receiver. Payton had less than 700 receiving yards over his first two years on campus combined. This season, he's hauled in 63 receptions for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. "Payton's hands are so strong," an NFC GM said earlier this year. Added NFL.com draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis: "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed."
Dec 13 - 8:46 PM

UCLA HC Jim Mora confirmed that redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley will make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft.

"This will be his last game as a UCLA Bruin," Mora said, referring to the Jan. 2 Alamo Bowl versus Kansas State. "I don’t know that he’s announced it yet, but we all know that’s the case. I’d like him to go out with a successful game." In other Hundley news, Mora said the QB's injured finger, sustained in the loss to Stanford, is "fine." The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hundley, frankly, could use another year in school. While scouts have finally come off the opinion that he's a top-five talent, it seems a lock that Hundley will be drafted no later than the second round. We wouldn't make that type of investment in a player who is inconsistent in the pocket but consistent in dropping his eyes in the face of pressure, two indicators of an NFL bust. Of course, Hundley has physical tools, and he did just post 3,567 yards of offense and 29 touchdowns in 12 games -- one front office is going to talk themselves into pulling the trigger with a premium selection.
Dec 11 - 5:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that after "talking to scouts around the league, most see" UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "as a second-round type of player."

"Talking to scouts around the league, most see Hundley as a second-round type of player. But his natural tools are so appealing that it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land in the first round," Brugler wrote. Many evaluators have suggested Hundley return to school for one more year to refine his skills in the pocket. Hundley has consistently dropped his eyes when forced off his spot in the face of pressure. Brugler adds that Hundley "will likely be an attractive player after Mariota and Winston, assuming both declare, are off the board."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 11 - 2:13 PM

UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks wins the Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s best collegiate linebacker.

The 6-foot, 228-pound Kendricks beat out finalists Mississippi State's Benardrick McKinney, Clemson's Stephone Anthony, TCU's Paul Dawson, UCLA's Myles Jack, Penn State's Mike Hull, Tennessee's A.J. Johnson and Nevada's Zach Vigil for the award. The UCLA prospect racked up 139 tackles on the year, making it his third year in a row with over 100 tackles. Kendricks had two sacks and three interceptions, and also returned one for a touchdown. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the underrated Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in the 2015 draft class and believes he is worthy of top-50 consideration.
Dec 9 - 2:39 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who believes UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley will be a bust.

"He's one of those guys who seems to lock in right away. His shortcoming is accuracy," the scout said. Some will point to Hundley's 70.4 completion percentage as a rebuttal, however, many of those throws are within seven yards of the line of scrimmage. Our biggest beef with Hundley is how he consistently drops his eyes when forced off his spot in the face of pressure.
Dec 9 - 10:21 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes it "was an absolute crime" that UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks wasn't voted 1st team All-Pac 12.

The 6-foot, 228-pound Kendricks, is the Bruins' all time leader in tackles, and the Pac-12's co-leader in tackles this season. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks the underrated Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in the 2015 draft class and believes he is worthy of top-50 consideration.
Dec 3 - 2:54 PM

Speaking with Rich Eisen, UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. said he is sure redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I think he's ready to do that. I mean, he's done what he can do at UCLA," Mora said. "You know, he's an unfinished product right now, but that's what everybody is going into the league, and I think he's going to be a really fine NFL quarterback." The news is not surprising, but some evaluators have suggested Hundley return for another year to refine his pocket success. He really has not improved in recent weeks, even though some might say he has.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 2 - 10:44 AM

UCLA redshirt sophomore RB Paul Perkins rushed for 116 yards on 17 carries in Friday's 31-10 loss to Stanford.

Perkins has rushed for 78 yards or more in every game this year. Overall, he's accumulated 1,378 rushing yards on 230 attempts (6.0 YPC) and seven touchdowns, and has also caught 26 balls for 201 yards and two scores. He's an exciting big-play threat who will be relied upon even more in 2015 if QB Brett Hundley leaves school for the NFL this winter.
Nov 30 - 6:13 PM

UCLA sophomore WR Thomas Duarte (leg) caught four balls for 63 yards and a touchdown on Friday versus Stanford.

Duarte's status was up in the air after he left Tuesday's practice with an injured left leg. He was able to play, and play well. "He is so important to us," UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said last week. "He has excellent ball skills, and that’s big for us. He is an inside guy that causes matchup problems."
Nov 30 - 5:59 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 17 of 32 attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-10 loss to Stanford.

Hundley's opening drive went as the script said, consistently hitting his first read off his back foot for a touchdown series. Things went downhill after that. Hundley might have one of the top completions percentages in the country, but factor in the team's offense and how often he is asked to hit passes under seven yards. Hundley did exit halfway through the fourth quarter near the goal line due to injury.
Nov 29 - 9:35 AM


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