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A regional scout for an NFC West team says UCLA LB Jayron Brown is "just too small to be effective in the NFL.

"He has cover talent but I just think he'll always get engulfed," the scout said. "I wanted to like him more but he's just too small. I might be a little low on him. We'll see." Brown led the Bruins with 105 tackles as a senior, adding seven for loss, three interceptions and six breakups en route to first-team All-Pac-12 recognition. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein agrees with the scout on Brown's evaluation. "Brown's ability to play on special teams will give him a fighting chance for a roster spot, but he lacks the functional strength to become anything more than a sub-package cover linebacker," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:17 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takk McKinley will have surgery to repair a torn labrum and broken glenoid in his shoulder following the NFL Combine.

McKinley will attempt a near complete workout at the Combine, but the healing process following the surgery is 5-6 months, which does not give a lot of leeway for training camp or the start of the 2017 season. McKinley was not on the final Senior Bowl roster due to the injury. Every team has been notified of the injury, and Takk might even try the bench press in Indy. Many view Takk as a top 20 talent.
Feb 24 - 9:33 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline expects "some sensational testing numbers" from UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Pauline reported his expectation that McKinley runs a forty in the 4.5s -- with the possibility of as low as 4.45 seconds. In addition, McKinley's vertical jump is expected to be at least 37 inches. McKinley ran a 10.70-second 100-meter dash in high school. McKinley may have shoulder surgery after the Combine, but the impending procedure isn't expected to affect his testing.
Feb 16 - 2:42 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley suggested on Twitter that the Browns should make him the No. 1 overall pick.

This is a humorous story, not a news-worthy story. "[Expletive] if [Myles Garrett] don't wanna go to #1 to the @Browns make Takkarist Mckinley the number 1 pick then," he wrote, referencing Garrett's preference to play for the Cowboys. SB Nation’s Dan Kadar recently slotted McKinley No. 29 overall in a mock draft.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 13 - 4:47 PM

UCLA signed four-star 2017 C Kanan Ray.

A native of Chatsworth, California, Ray initially committed to his home state Bruins last March. While Rivals lists the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder as a tackle prospect, ESPN views him as a center with potential as a guard. The Worldwide Leader ranks Ray as their No. 279 overall recruit in the 2017 class, noting that he "[d]isplays good effort and looks to work to stay with blocks and overall displays a physical nature in his play."
Feb 9 - 4:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley remains undecided as to whether he will undergo shoulder surgery.

Per Pauline, it has not yet been determined whether surgery is necessary, here. It has been previously reported that McKinley has been battling a torn labrum over the past two seasons, but the analyst relays that "McKinley has full range of motion in his shoulder." As matters stand right now, Pauline reports, the former Bruin is expected to participate in drills and tests at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Feb 9 - 1:28 PM

UCLA hired Oregon WR coach Jimmie Dougherty to the same position.

Dougherty, 38, spent less than two months in Eugene. He was hired away from Michigan -- where he had been an offensive analyst -- on Dec. 23, probably on a strong recommendation from Jim Harbaugh, who's a good friend of new Ducks HC Willie Taggart. Now he's Westwood-bound, this time probably on the recommendation of new UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, whom he worked under while Fisch was the Michigan passing coordinator. Dougherty, who was the WR coach at Washington under Steve Sarkisian, is an ace recruiter.
Feb 8 - 1:01 PM

UCLA WR coach Eric Yarber has accepted the same position with the Los Angeles Rams.

Yarber had become a familiar face on the UCLA sideline, having worked with the Bruins' wideouts each of the past five seasons. This Rams gig will be his second coaching job at the NFL level. He acted as wide receiver coach for the Buccaneers from 2010-2012.
Feb 2 - 5:13 PM

UCLA signed four-star 2017 T Stephan Zabie.

The No. 207 player in the ESPN 300 picked the Bruins over Ole Miss and Texas. This is a particularly cruel twist for the Longhorns, who were unable to keep the Westlake High School (Austin, Texas) product in town. Texas also missed out on Zabie's prep teammate LB Levi Jones. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Zabie was a critical signee for the Bruins, who have struggled mightily along the offensive line for the past few years.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 10:12 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2017 T Stephan Zabie is deciding between Texas, UCLA and Ole Miss.

Texas is a late addition here, as the Longhorns did not extend an offer to Zabie until January 16. His head coach at Westlake High School (Texas), Todd Dodge, says that the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder "plays the game with passion and aggression." While Rivals does not slot him into their top 250 players in this cycle, ESPN is considerably higher on Zabie. He lands at No. 207 on the ESPN 300.
Jan 31 - 2:28 PM

The Dallas Cowboys met with UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Illinois LB Carroll Phillips and Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis last week.

The interest in Vanderdoes appeared to be especially acute. Dallas chatted him up on the field following Thursday’s practice in Mobile, but they also, according to Lorin Cox of Bears Wire, had a long interview with him later that night. Vanderdoes struggled with injuries throughout his career. Those injuries may wind up making him a bargain if he drops to the middle-rounds.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 30 - 3:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes "exceeded [expectations] in every way" at Senior Bowl practices.

"He beat blockers off the snap with his great first step, bull-rushed them off the line with surprising power and also showed terrific hand technique to keep opponents away from him," Pauline wrote. "More than anything else, Vanderdoes outplayed and outhustled everyone he lined up against." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder plays a power game and was far better against the run than pass in college.
Jan 26 - 1:34 PM

UCLA hired Minnesota Vikings assistant OL coach Hank Fraley as offensive line coach.

Fraley was an 11-year NFL veteran with the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. Prior to his three years with the Vikings, the 39-year-old Fraley coached the OLs at San Diego (2012) and San Jose State (2013). He'll be tasked with helping turn around a UCLA rushing attack that finished next-to-last in the nation with 84.2 ground yards per game.
Jan 25 - 5:23 PM

Scout.com's Brandon Huffman notes that UCLA four-star 2017 verbal CB commit Elijah Gates' "backpedal is one of the quickest we've seen out west."

Gates committed to the Bruins on Monday, opting for UCLA over fellow Pac-12 outfit Oregon. While he has played both wideout and corner with Buena Park High School (California), the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder projects to the defensive side of the ball at the collegiate level. "He has very good short area quickness, shows a burst breaking on the ball and has good ball skills," Huffman writes, adding that the corner is "strong in press coverage and plays with a lot of toughness." Huffman's outlet ranks Gates as their No. 111 overall prospect in the 2017 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 24 - 6:42 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley will decide whether or not to undergo shoulder surgery in the next two weeks.

It was reported last week that McKinley was suffering from a torn right labrum, something he has fought through over the last two seasons. "At this point," Pauline writes, "it’s not known if surgery is even required, and it’s something his team hopes to avoid if possible." If he does undergo the procedure, it would likely come after the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jan 24 - 3:09 PM


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