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UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa "is very similar to [MSU's Preston] Smith in that he is a strong run defender who could play either left defensive end in a 4-3 front or 5-technique in a 3-4 defense," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Owa No. 52 overall, ahead of the more heralded Mario Edwards Jr. of Florida State (62). We've been higher on Odighizuwa throughout the process and remain so. You simply don't see many prospects who can covert speed to power in this way, and, as a bonus, can play in both even and odd man fronts. We aren't privy to all the NFL's medical information, but you can bet teams will quadruple-check Owa's hip before pulling the trigger.
Apr 18 - 8:40 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks "lacks ideal size and power, and brings with him some questions about his durability."

The analyst ranks Kendricks No. 27 overall. "But his instincts are outstanding and he's the best cover linebacker in the draft," McShay wrote. "Kendricks is an ideal fit to play WLB in a 4-3 scheme, but he could also fit as a MLB in certain 4-3 fronts or WILB in certain 3-4 schemes." 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.
Apr 18 - 3:53 PM

The Cowboys put UCLA QB Brett Hundley through a private workout on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Hundley visited the Cardinals earlier in the week. It seems Hundley has slid behind Bryce Petty in the "consensus" projected draft slots, but it is still possible for both to be second round picks. Which is amazing.
Apr 17 - 10:39 AM

UCLA QB Brett Hundley is visiting the Cardinals on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport notes Hundley's visit counts as a "top 30" but he is also from Arizona. The Cardinals were in on the Blake Bortles sweepstakes last year, however, he was selected much earlier than anticipated. Hundley has very good flashes, but his bad tendencies could cripple an offense.
Apr 14 - 12:48 PM

The Saints will take a QB in Round 1, predicts NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

The prediction is in one of those "five bold prediction" columns, so take this guess for what it is. That said, Davis' tealeaves are straightforward enough to read, even if he doesn't see them trading up for Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. "What if there's a QB who has [Sean] Payton's eye this year that he believes he can groom to one day succeed Drew Brees?" Davis wrote. "The Saints have the 31st overall pick (acquired from Seattle in the Jimmy Graham trade). Perhaps that's the spot where the third quarterback is picked. We've seen quarterbacks go higher than expected before. Could the Saints make it happen this year for someone like UCLA's Brett Hundley?" If they did, they'd be making a mistake. That doesn't mean it won't happen, though.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 14 - 9:11 AM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 29 overall.

"He lacks ideal size and power for the position, but he displays excellent instincts and awareness, very good range against the run and above-average tackling skills," McShay wrote. "He is also very good on third down, with easy movement skills, good ball skills and playmaking ability." McShay is coming around to Rotoworld's side on the Kendricks debate. We've long been smitten with the ultra-productive linebacker. 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.
Apr 14 - 8:37 AM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is visiting the Saints on Monday, according to Nick Underhill.

You know we love Kendricks and believe he can be a complete linebacker and stay on the field for all three downs. The Saints have two declining talents at the position in Dannell Ellerbe and David Hawthorne. Kendricks would be an outstanding pick.
Apr 13 - 12:25 PM

UCLA edge rusher Owa Odighizuwa is visiting the Saints next week after taking a trip to see the Cowboys, according to Aaron Wilson.

Odighizuwa is a section favorite due to his ability to convert speed to power. He's one of the best edge rushers in this draft class and can fit in both even and odd man fronts. Owa did miss the 2013 season with a hip injury, which is absolutely something teams will factor in.
Apr 10 - 9:24 AM

The New York Jets held a private workout for UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley about four weeks ago, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta.

With the Jets still on the fence with QB Geno Smith, the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Hundley could be an alternative option for New York. The Jets, who have shown interest in Marcus Mariota, may pick too late (No.6 pick) in the draft, to land Mariota's services. Hundley should be around in the second, if the Jets have serious plans to draft him. Hundley has already met with the Texans, and had private workouts with the Bengals and the Eagles. The Cardinals have also scheduled a visit with the UCLA prospect.
Apr 9 - 3:32 PM

UCLA QB Brett Hundley is visiting the Texans on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.

Signs point to the Texans selecting a quarterback during the draft after calling Tom Savage's name last year. Hundley now joins Bryce Petty as quarterbacks linked with the Texans. The Bruin needs time to sit and progress, namely his success against pressure and comfort in the face of a pass rush.
Apr 7 - 10:21 AM

The Dallas Cowboys are hosting UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa for a visit on Tuesday, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

With Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey both not under contract beyond the 2015, the Cowboys could look to the future and bring in quality depth at the position. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Odighizuwa could be seen as a possible fit, paired with second year player DeMarcus Lawrence.
Apr 6 - 2:54 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread reports that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks has already had a private workout and a pre-draft visit with the Panthers, before most NFL clubs have done either.

"The Panthers have already worked him out privately and brought him in for a visit before most NFL clubs have done either, and Kendricks can't help but feel good about how the club foresees his NFL future," Goodbread wrote. The Butkus Award winner, has also received pre-draft interest from several teams, starting with the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kendricks has borderline first round potential, but could be an early second round selection in this year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 3:20 PM

UCLA QB Brett Hundley "would be a nice fit to groom behind" Philip Rivers, believes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

Davis' colleague Ian Rapoport recently reported that San Diego isn't ruling out trading Rivers. If they keep him, Davis sees Hundley as a nice prospect to develop behind him. "Hundley could use some seasoning -- his own coach says he's not ready to be a starter in the NFL from Day 1 -- but he's a good athlete with a strong arm and has the tools to develop into a solid NFL starter down the line," Davis wrote. "The Chargers likely won't have to strike in the first round to get him, too."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 11:05 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein says NFL scouts "don't see the same explosiveness in [UCLA LB Eric Kendricks] as they see in his brother Mychal (Eagles LB), but they do see the same level of production and desire."

The analyst ranks Kendricks No. 3 amongst linebackers. "Kendricks is an intelligent leader with high football character," Zierlein wrote. "Eric Kendricks plays with plus instincts against the run and pass. He has the athleticism and demeanor to be an impactful, productive outside linebacker in a 4-3 for years to come." Zierlein sees Kendricks as similar to Wesley Woodyard. "His production and character makes it easy for a scout to bang the table for him. The only blow-back I anticipate in my room is regarding his size, but if you stick him at the WILL spot, I don't think it matters," said an NFC West regional scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 10:54 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks will visit the Cowboys on April 6, according to Dane Brugler.

Kendricks is an absolute stud, but the Cowboys might not be the first due to their attachment to Sean lee and Anthony Hitchens. Kendricks is aggressive when moving forward to make the tackle, but he is also comfortable and aware in space. He is a three down linebacker, which is tough to find.
Mar 26 - 2:30 PM


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