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UCLA redshirt senior LB Eric Kendricks helped his draft stock over the weekend in a victory over Virginia, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"Kendricks is quietly emerging from Myles Jack's shadow by putting up gaudy numbers as the Bruins' designated defensive playmaker," Brooks wrote. "The senior standout registered 17 tackles, a forced fumble and a pick-6 against the Cavaliers. Kendricks' instincts and awareness stood out in the contest, which is why NFL scouts are intrigued by his potential." In his first full year starting for UCLA, the 6-foot, 228-pound Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012. He led the Bruins with 106 tackles last year despite missing two games with injuries.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 1 - 5:06 PM

UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa "helped his NFL stock" in Saturday's win over Virginia, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote.

Odighizuwa missed the 2013 season due to a pair of surgeries on his left hip. His return was a triumphant success, as Odighizuwa was involved in two of UCLA's three defensive touchdowns in the first half. "Scouts love pass rushers with long arms and the 6-foot-3, 270 pound Odighizuwa showed why, reaching over Virginia left tackle Michael Mooney to graze the football as starting quarterback Greyson Lambert delivered a second quarter pass," Rang wrote. "The ball floated over its intended target and into the hands of cornerback Ishmael Adams for the Bruins' first score of the season. Roughly 10 minutes of play later, Odighizuwa forced a quick throw from Lambert that Kendricks picked off to give the Bruins a commanding 21-3 lead. Odighizuwa showed good balance and agility to spin back inside on the play to threaten Lambert after consistently beating Mooney off the edge with a combination of burst and power."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 4:08 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "showed improved poise in the pocket from a year ago" in UCLA's 28-20 win over Virginia this weekend, CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote.

Hundley finished 20-of-33 for 242 passing yards. "When protected, Hundley generally threw the ball well, scanning the field and occasionally stepping up in the pocket before delivering confident passes," Rang wrote. "He failed to look off defenders, at times, which contributed to three of his passes being deflected at the line of scrimmage." NFL scouts "will be sure to note" the problems caused by Hundley's "undisciplined eyes," the analyst added. "Whenever a Cavalier pass rusher broke free, Hundley would drop his eyes and look to run even when he was able to elude the initial defender," Rang wrote. "The successful mobile quarterbacks in the NFL are just as likely to buy time with their legs before passing rather than scrambling each time the pocket collapses." Rang compares him to Randall Cunningham because of his "combination of size, athleticism, grace and arm strength" and ranks the prospect No. 19 overall.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 3:00 PM

TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline believes he may have undervalued UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa with a preseason Round 3 grade.

"Still early but love what I'm seeing from Odighizuwa," Pauline tweeted on Saturday. Odighizuwa recorded 44 tackles in 2012 and was regarded as a rising prospect, but sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury. "When I watched Odighizuwa last summer I was blown away," Pauline wrote in late July. "Much of the talk understandably centered around Anthony Barr yet many stamped Cassius Marsh as the Bruins top defensive line prospect. Odighizuwa sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a hip injury yet scouts rightfully gave him high grades moving towards the 2014 campaign. He reminds me of former Tennessee Volunteer and New York Jet Shaun Ellis in that he plays with an explosive, strong and athletic style."
Sep 1 - 1:38 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 20 of 33 attempts for 242 yards in the school's 28-20 win over Virginia.

UCLA's defense scored three touchdowns and the quarterback added a score on the ground. Hundley showed some major issues in this game, all of which were on display last year. Yes, UCLA's offensive line looked terrible, but whether it was up to Hundley or not the Bruins did not change many reads at the line of scrimmage. Hundley dropped his eyes versus the rush in the hopes of finding workable space. There were definitely some positive throws, namely the one to clinch the game. When Hundley does the right thing, he looks almost perfect, but that does not happen often enough.
Aug 30 - 3:30 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley "made a wise decision to return for the 2014 season."

"He has all the physical tools to develop into a good NFL starter, but he's still a work in progress," McShay wrote. "He shows very good toughness and intangibles. His arm strength is a notch below elite, which means it's more than good enough to make all the NFL throws. He also showed improved mechanics in 2013 and flashes the ability to make accurate throws on all three levels when on time and in rhythm." McShay ranked Hundley as his No. 3 QB -- behind Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston -- which is pretty much the industry consensus at the moment. "The flashes are encouraging, but it's not enough," he continued. "Specifically, Hundley needs to show improved touch and become more reliable when throwing off-platform. While he is a good athlete with size, strength and deceptive top-end speed, he needs to do much better at managing the pocket, including showing better patience and keeping his eyes up when facing pressure."
Aug 24 - 12:23 AM

The Senior Bowl has released their watch list of over 350 prospects for 2015's event.

The usual (senior) prospects are obviously included, but we are more interested in the redshirt juniors who are mentioned on the list. Phil Savage, the event's executive director, was able to alter the rules of players eligible for the Senior Bowl, allowing fourth year juniors that will graduate by December to qualify. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and UCLA Brett Hundley are two listed.
Source: Senior Bowl
Aug 21 - 11:26 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley has the potential to overtake Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston if he continues to improve.

"Hundley could play the Blake Bortles role and overtake both of them if the steady improvement he's made as a pocket passer the past two years continues in 2014," Rang wrote. Despite only having played two seasons, Hundley ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). If he surpasses 3,828 passing yards this season, Hundley will pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 7:48 PM

UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley needs to "continue to make the plays within the pocket, throwing the football and reading defenses," according to UCLA alum Troy Aikman.

"What does he have an opportunity this year to work on, or things that will help him as he moves on to the next level?' You've heard me and others say it a million times: He's a tremendous, athletically gifted quarterback, but just to continue to make the plays within the pocket, throwing the football and reading defenses," Aikman said. The Bruins prospect ranks third in UCLA history in passing yards (6,811) and touchdown passes (53). Hundley needs to pass for 3,828 yards this season to pass Cade McNown as the Bruins' all-time leader in yards, and need 16 touchdowns to pass McNown as the Bruin's leader.
Aug 18 - 12:58 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks calls UCLA redshirt junior Brett Hundley a "heady quarterback with the arm talent and athleticism to terrorize opponents with his playmaking ability."

"He has a strong arm and he can extend plays with his athleticism. He deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround in Westwood," Daniel Jeremiah added. The NFL.com staff ranked Hundley as college football's No. 13 overall player. Charles Davis believes Hundley has an "exquisite combination of size, speed, arm, and smart."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 14 - 12:54 PM

NFL.com ranked UCLA sophomore LB/RB Myles Jack as the No. 16 player in college football.

"He tore up the Pac-12 last season while playing on both sides of the ball. As a runner, he reminds me of Ronnie Brown during his Auburn days," Daniel Jeremiah said. Jack was ranked by two website panelists in the top 10, and the two that left him off their top 20s both said he was under consideration. "A rare two-way player with game-changing skills as a runner or defender, he might be the most talented player in the Pac-12," Bucky Brooks said. Jack is only working at OLB during preseason practice. "His two-way service at UCLA might be done, but Jack proved to be an elite talent in just his first season with the Bruins," Chase Goodbread said. UCLA HC Jim Mora Jr. said earlier this summer that it was a mistake for Jack to solely play running back in a few games in 2013.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 13 - 12:13 PM

The Los Angeles Times reports that UCLA redshirt junior WR Devin Lucien, was taken by ambulance to a hospital after suffering a head injury during Tuesday's practice.

The 6-foot-1, 200 pound wideout hit his head on the ground during a practice drill. As a precautionary measure, Lucien was immobilized by paramedics and brought to the hospital. Lucien was released from the hospital and was able to rejoin the Bruins later Tuesday night. A likely starter this season, Lucien hauled in 19 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in 2013, and could be the Brett Hundley's deep threat in the Bruins' offense.
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "has to show he can play more relaxed and be more consistent," according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"This Bruins team has huge aspirations this season. They expect to contend for the Pac-12 title and a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. If they're going to reach that goal, Hundley has to show he can play more relaxed and be more consistent," Davis wrote. Davis notes that last season he thought Hundley "pressed a little at times and tried to do too much." Our own Josh Norris has not put Hundley in the top tier of quarterback prospects.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 7 - 6:10 PM

UCLA sophomore edge rusher Myles Jack is only working at OLB during preseason practice.

This is to be expected, since head coach Jim Mora said Jack will only see time at running back once game action gets underway. "We don’t want to overload him," Mora said following practice this week. Mora previously called Jack a "package player" on offense, stating it is more important for him to grasp his defensive position. In fact, the head coach stated it was a mistake for Jack to solely play running back in a few games in 2013.
Source: LA Times
Aug 7 - 10:48 AM

UCLA junior DT Ellis McCarthy "jumps off the film," writes TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He does so sporadically," the analyst clarifies, a not-so-veiled shot at McCarthy's work ethic. "At the top of his game McCarthy is a difference maker up front but he also disappears for stretches." The UCLA prospect has played NG and DE in a 3-4 attack for the Bruins. McCarthy, 6-foot-4 and 330-pounds, projects best inside at the next level, where he'll be able to make use of his wide body to eat up blockers and free up teammates to make plays.
Jul 28 - 12:03 AM


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