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Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Packers' draft class a B-.

"A high-energy nose tackle with a wrestling background, [UCLA DT Kenny] Clark addressed a pressing need following NT B.J. Raji's retirement," Silva wrote. "Packers GM Ted Thompson coveted Spriggs, sending Indianapolis fourth- (125) and seventh-round picks (248) in exchange for a nine-slot climb in round two, where LT David Bakhtiari's new backup was selected." The analyst likes third-round OLB Kyler Kackrell as a replacement for Mike Neal as "Green Bay's swiss-army-knife linebacker", but wondered why the Packers ignored ILB until Rd. 4 (Blake Martinez), which may force Clay Matthews back outside. "With the exception of Clark, this draft was all about depth and supplementing the back end of Thompson's roster, particularly in the trenches," Silva wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 2:44 PM

UCLA LB Myles Jack called his slide to No. 36 in the draft "embarrassing" and "humiliating."

Jack was a guest on the Rich Eisen Show and opted not to put a spin on his fall out of the first round. Said the 6-foot-1, 245-pounder, "It was, honestly, humiliating. It was embarrassing having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandmother to the right of her and having to look at them, it was a tough feeling." Long considered one of the top prospects in the 2016 pool and a lock for a top-10 -- and even possible top-5 -- selection, Jack fell to the Jags in the second round due to concerns about his knee. He told Eisen that he can't wait to "prove people wrong."
Source: NFL.com
May 2 - 10:57 PM

Texans signed UCLA K Ka'imi Fairbairn.

Fairbairn (6'0/183) won 2015's Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker, finishing his career as the Pac 12's all-time leader in points scored (413). He went a middling 68-of-89 (76.4%) on field goals across four college seasons, but finished with 41 straight makes from 35 yards in. Fairbairn offers NFL-level leg strength for kickoffs and kept getting better as a field-goal kicker in college. He should have a future in the league.
May 2 - 6:31 PM

Cowboys signed UCLA C Jake Brendel.

Brendel (6'4/303) became a starter the moment he arrived at UCLA, going on to make 52 consecutive starts and earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Brendel's smallish hands (8 1/4") and arms (31") are concerns for his NFL transition, as are his limitations as a space blocker and shortage of strength. Brendel is a battler in the trenches, but he lacks starter-caliber tools and won't be much of an option at guard. His pro career is likely to be brief.
May 2 - 5:22 PM

Falcons selected UCLA WR Devin Fuller with the No. 238 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Fuller (6'0/194) book ended Jordan Payton in UCLA's receiver corps, parlaying 147 career catches into 1,327 yards (9.03 YPR) and ten touchdowns. After a disappointing senior season plagued by ankle woes and a concussion, Fuller helped himself by blazing 4.39 with a 10-foot-4 broad jump at UCLA's Pro Day. Fuller's college track record underwhelms, but he's been likened to Nate Washington by Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman for his professional playing style and speed to win downfield. He's worth a look in camp and will get it with this late selection.
Apr 30 - 6:11 PM

Dolphins selected UCLA TE/WR Thomas Duarte with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Duarte (6'2/231) made 22 starts in three years at UCLA, parlaying 97 catches into 1,626 yards (16.8 YPR) and 17 touchdowns, including ten scores as a 20-year-old true junior. He had a slightly disappointing Combine, running 4.72 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical but shining in agility tests. A college wideout, Duarte's build and athleticism are more indicative of a flex tight end or "big slot" receiver in the pros. Duarte's college dominance at such a young age bodes well for his next-level ceiling. An unlikely rookie-year contributor, Duarte could become a legit receiving weapon down the line.
Apr 30 - 5:55 PM

Titans selected UCLA OLB Aaron Wallace with the No. 222 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Wallace (6'2/242) made just 10 career starts for UCLA, leading the team in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (7) as a senior to earn honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the conference's coaches. Wallace's limited college resume is a concern, but his athleticism isn't, shredding UCLA's Pro Day with a 4.59 forty, 36-inch vertical, and 10-foot-10 broad jump. Wallace's inexperience may delay his NFL transition, but he has big-league pass-rush traits.
Apr 30 - 5:42 PM

Browns selected UCLA WR Jordan Payton with the No. 154 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Payton (6'1/207) made 40 starts in college, finishing his career as UCLA's all-time leader in receptions (201). He parlayed them into 2,702 yards (13.4 YPR) and 11 touchdowns. Payton helped himself in Indy, running 4.47 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. An aggressive and physical wideout, Payton projects as a strong-handed possession target who will likely struggle to beat NFL man coverage. He has some potential to grow into a reliable No. 3 receiver, perhaps in the Jason Avant mold.
Apr 30 - 2:48 PM

Giants selected UCLA RB Paul Perkins with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Perkins (5'10/208) spent two years as a feature back before turning pro, parlaying 622 carries into 3,491 yards (5.61 YPC) and 29 touchdowns, adding 80 receptions. His Combine metrics were solid-if-unspectacular, running 4.54 with a 32-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. A fundamentally-sound three-down back, Perkins combines darting quickness with exciting lateral moves and is an ultra-competitive, tough inside runner. A Devonta Freeman clone, Perkins is good enough to capitalize if given an extended NFL opportunity. New York is an excellent landing spot for Perkins to earn early-career chances in one of the league's most underwhelming running back corps.
Apr 30 - 2:29 PM

Buccaneers selected UCLA T Caleb Benenoch with the No. 148 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Benenoch (6'6/311) closed out his career with 35 straight starts, mostly at right tackle but mixing in four at guard last year. His strength is movement ability; Benenoch ran 4.98 at the Combine and offers experience in the zone-running game. Benenoch's weaknesses are his core strength and inability to overpower defensive linemen. He projects as a swing guard-tackle reserve early in his career who could eventually grow into a lower-end starting guard.
Apr 30 - 2:28 PM

Jaguars selected UCLA LB Myles Jack with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Jack (6'1/245) made 28 college starts -- 27 at linebacker and one at running back -- excelling at both positions with a 5.7 YPC average and 11 TDs on 68 career carries, and utter dominance as a three-down outside linebacker for Jim Mora II. Before Jack tore his anterior meniscus three games into his 2015 junior campaign, he showed the ability to cover backs in the flats and receivers in the slot, while laying wood on the ground and affecting games as a blitzer. Not yet of legal drinking age, Jack's rookie-year impact will be tied his knee rehab. Pre draft, Jack was able to dominate the broad (10'4") and vertical (40") jumps, but couldn't run the forty.
Apr 29 - 7:39 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler projected the Browns to select UCLA LB Myles Jack with the first pick of the second round.

"I'm not sure the Browns would take Jack here," Brugler wrote, "but good chance Cleveland deals this pick with Jack being a possible option." Jack slid out of the first round based on concerns around his balky knee. He shouldn't be sitting around for long after Day 2 kicks off on Friday. Conventional wisdom had him being drafted on Day 1 prior to the actual craziness of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 29 - 12:39 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes that UCLA LB Myles Jack is the best available prospect for Day 2.

No surprise here, as Norris has been pounding the pavement for Jack as his No. 1 overall prospect throughout the process. The analyst calls him a "foundation piece." The 6-foot-1, 245-pounder slipped out of the first round due to concerns about his knee. Jack infamously tore the meniscus in his right knee in September, but even beyond that, NFL Network's Albert Breer reported earlier in April that a "chondral defect" exists in the knee -- a cartilage issue that could shorten Jack's career down the road.
Apr 29 - 11:40 AM

An NFL scout who dislikes UCLA offensive linemen told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he "kinda like[s]" G/T Caleb Benenoch.

"Jonathan Ogden is the only offensive lineman I can remember coming out of there. I hate UCLA linemen but I kinda like him. Has good strength and power. They usually have no power there," the scout said. Another evaluator believes that the 6-foot-5, 309-pounder will eventually be able to bump his weight up to 320 pounds. He could potentially rise as high as the second round.
Apr 29 - 11:27 AM

ESPN's Ed Were reports from one medical source in the NFL who said UCLA LB Myles Jack's knee is "more troubling in some ways" than Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's.

Apparently this medical professional believes Smith's knee will heal with time, while Jack's will get worse with time. The Myles Jack story line really is incredible, as on the field he is practically a unanimous top 10 selection. Jack could be selected in the second round, but no one knows at this moment.
Apr 29 - 10:43 AM


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