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UCLA WR/CB Ishmael Adams did punt return work for scouts at his pro day workout.

It makes sense. Adams is a versatile -- he played corner and receiver in college -- but undersized prospect who some worry doesn't have the frame to excel in the NFL. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder should be available later on in the NFL Draft if a team wants to leverage his versatility at a low price point.
Mar 22 - 5:44 PM

UCLA CB Marcus Rios met with the New York Jets after his pro day workout.

Rios checked into the event at 5-foot-11, 192 pounds. He completed 18 reps on the bench, posted a 10-foot-4 broad jump and ran a forty in 4.49s.
Mar 22 - 5:09 PM

UCLA EDGE Takk McKinley will meet with the Browns, Cowboys, Ravens, Steelers and Lions, among other teams, ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

McKinley did not specify to NFL Network's Courtney Fallon if the meetings were private workouts or in-house visits, but each team has a pass rushing need and could address it in round one. McKinley could be off the board within the first 10 picks, but he is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn labrum and broken glenoid in his shoulder, and injury that he dealt with for two seasons.
Mar 22 - 9:42 AM

UCLA CB Fabian Moreau met with the Lions, Dolphins, Saints and Bengals on Monday.

Tip of the cap to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline for the above honor roll of names. Pauline passes along that Moreau additionally met with the Cowboys' DB coach on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 206-pounder had been absolutely cruising through the draft process prior to Tuesday's pro day -- he was a standout performer at the East-West Shrine Game and aced his athletic testing at the Combine -- but ran into a little speed bump when he suffered what Pauline has referred to as a "pectoral strain" during the bench press. Due to the injury, the possible first-rounder did not take part in pro day positional drills.
Mar 21 - 10:59 PM

UCLA WR Kenneth Walker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds during Tuesday's pro day.

Sizzling time for Walker, who did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. This past season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder caught 22 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He also has some potential as a return man. Walker will likely have to fight his way onto a roster via undrafted free agency.
Mar 21 - 9:27 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that UCLA CB Fabian Moreau strained his pectoral during the bench press on pro day.

Due to the pectoral injury, Vanderdoes did not take part in positional drills on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 206-pounder is currently being reevaluated. It doesn't sound like this is a serious injury, but it is certainly something to keep an eye on with the draft just over a month distant. Vanderdoes could potentially rise as high as Day 1. If he can't find himself an NFL home in the first round, he figures to find one early on Day 2.
Mar 21 - 9:02 PM

A west coast AFC scout questioned UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes weight.

At the Combine, Vanderdoes checked in at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. The scout in question believes that "if he keeps playing this heavy we may never see the same player from before even if he is fully healthy." Vanderdoes missed the vast bulk of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL. He returned in 2016 to log 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks. For context's sake, he registered 50 tackles (5.5 for loss) and two sacks during a healthy 2014 campaign. Pro Football Focus has comped him to Ravens DL Timmy Jernigan.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 8:37 PM

Draftwire's Luke Easterling believes that UCLA CB Fabian Moreau could crack the first round.

Easterling writes that Moreau's hot Combine 40 of 4.35 seconds "proved he has the recovery speed to hang with fast pass-catchers down the field" and that his "instincts and toughness will win over coaches." This is not the first time we have heard the 6-foot, 206-pounder whispered as a possible first-round selection. During the East-West Shrine Game, NFL Media's Mike Mayock likewise professed a Day 1 projection for the UCLA corner. Mayock colleague Daniel Jeremiah and Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline both see an early pick on Day 2 as more realistic than the first round outright.
Source: Draftwire
Mar 19 - 2:48 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes to Baltimore Ravens DL Timmy Jernigan.

"Vanderdoes can line up at multiple spots on the defensive line," notes the PFF analysis team, "and his size, build, production and playing style are similar to Jernigan." The outlet refers to him as a "wild card in this draft class" due to his injury history. Included in that history, a torn ACL which sidelined him for almost the entirety of the 2015 season. In his return from that severe knee injury this past season, Vanderdoes recorded 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks over the course of 11 games played.
Mar 16 - 9:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline called UCLA LB Jayon Brown his "favorite player from the UCLA film."

"As a senior, Brown looked very much like a three-down defender and was constantly around the ball stuffing the run, covering the pass or running down ball handlers in pursuit," Pauline writes. The analyst refers to the 6-foot, 231-pounder as "vertically challenged" and a likely Day 3 selection, but believes he has the chops to eventually carve out a role with the big boys on Sundays. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wonders, though, whether he will ever build up enough functional strength to work in a role greater than that of "sub-package cover linebacker."
Mar 14 - 10:58 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah writes that UCLA CB Fabian Moreau "would be a no-brainer first-round pick in most years."

While Jeremiah sees him as a first-round talent, he thinks the 6-foot, 206-pounder will be pushed down to the second round in this year's draft. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline likewise sees him as a second-round selection, believing he will be swept off the board somewhere in the first 15 picks on Day 2. The first round is not completely out of play, though. Moreau crushed the Combine with a 4.35-second run in the 40-yard dash, a 38-inch vertical leap and a 136-inch effort in the broad jump. Writes Jeremiah, "For those picking outside the top 5, this is the perfect year to trade down and accumulate extra picks in the second and third rounds."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 12:56 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Devin Asiasi transferred to UCLA.

Asiata, a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, played in all 13 games this past season. He made little statistical, though, catching a mere two passes for 18 yards and a score during his brief stint with the Wolverines. The 6-foot-3, 287-pounder will have to sit out the 2017 campaign due to NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years of eligibility remaining to his fair name come 2018. Rivals ranked him as the No. 46 overall prospect for his cycle, so there is still plenty of talent to be tapped, here.
Mar 10 - 12:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the consensus among his NFL sources is that UCLA CB Fabian Moreau will go within the first 15 picks of Round 2.

That said, Pauline hasn't spoken to a team that has graded Moreau as a first-rounder. Moreau helped himself out by clocking a blistering 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday. He chipped in a 38-inch vertical and a 136-inch broad jump.
Mar 7 - 12:56 PM

UCLA CB Fabian Moreau clocked a 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Hot, hot time for Moreau, but not quite enough for top billing in the 40 among his position group. That honor went to Minnesota's Jalen Myrick, who blazed through the event in a blistering 4.28 seconds. Among the rest of the 6-foot, 206-pound Moreau's testing results, he also notched beautiful jumps of 38 inches (vertical) and 136 inches (broad). Moreau was drawing a little first-round buzz during the East-West Shrine Game practice week back in January, but we view him more as a mid-round prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 3:10 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley said that he would run the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

McKinley is one of the more interesting Combine cases, as he will be taking part in a full workout and take part in all drills despite the fact that he will be undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and broken glenoid on Monday. The likely first-rounder will be taking a visit with the Cowboys later on Saturday.
Mar 4 - 3:35 PM


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