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UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks "routinely shows up at the ball and is a highly underrated prospect, worthy of top-50 consideration," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

"While there are many more positives than negatives, Kendricks isn't a flawless prospect and scouts want to see him improve in pass coverage as he tends to be too hands-on, and he needs to better control his momentum on tackle attempts to better break down. Even though Kendricks lacks a "wow" skill-set, he routinely shows up at the ball and is a highly underrated prospect, worthy of top-50 consideration," Brugler writes. The 6-foot, 228-pound Kendricks currently ranks sixth in the FBS in total tackles (114) and is among the team leaders in tackles for loss (6.0), sacks (2.0) and interceptions (2). Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in the 2015 draft class.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 4:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes UCLA redshirt senior DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa "pass rush arsenal is still a work-in-progress, but his active hands are always working and his versatility to rush or play the run will be attractive."

"On some passing downs, Odighizuwa does stand up as an edge rusher and has a chance to show off his skill-set as a pass rush threat, using his natural bend and athleticism to beat blockers in space. His pass rush arsenal is still a work-in-progress, but his active hands are always working and his versatility to rush or play the run will be attractive," Brugler wrote. Odighizuwa missed the 2013 after undergoing two surgeries on his left hip, but he offers hand use and straight-line speed and power off the edge. Brugler notes that even though Odighizuwa only has three sacks this season, his "tape tells a different story."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 3:04 PM

Scouts still want to see UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "operate better from the pocket, especially under duress," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has done a better job tucking and picking up yards with his legs when the pocket breaks down, but in order for him to be successful in the NFL, scouts still want to see him operate better from the pocket, especially under duress," Brugler writes. The UCLA prospect came into this season as one the top quarterback prospects in the country, but his junior season has been quite inconsistent. Brugler believes Hundley's "lack of pocket presence and struggles with pressure are still a major concern."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 2:53 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is the best prospect not receiving enough praise from evaluators.

"One of the most impressive defensive performers I have watched regardless of position," Norris writes. "We know Kendricks can recognize running lanes and read the triangle, but where he can be most beneficial to a team early on is in coverage. Turn on the Virginia game to find out." In fact, Norris ranks Kendricks as the top off line of scrimmage linebacker in this class.
Source: Rotoworld
Nov 20 - 11:36 AM

An AFC North GM told NFL.com that UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley "is not staring down the pass rush" as much as he was earlier in the season.

Hundley's skittish nature under pressure has long been one of the knocks on the quarterback, from Rotoworld's Josh Norris and others. It's possible that Hundley's at least started to make improvements since UCLA's game against Oregon in early October. The AFC GM told NFL.com's draft analysts that "[Hundley's] not just a willing runner; he's running to hurt a defense now." NFL.com's team of draft analysts in Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein wrote that "[the junior's] starting to look like the player many had envisioned." We still think he has a ways to go as a pocket passer before he's ready to succeed at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 19 - 9:59 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans spoke with one NFL scout who said UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley was not popular with his teammates entering this season.

"That may be an even bigger problem for Hundley after this turbulent season," the SI duo adds. "Many scouts believe he should remain at UCLA next year to try to salvage his damaged NFL stock." Hundley admitted to feeling pressure from evaluators and scouts during the season, which he say attributed to him running less and attempting to pass more. The results were not pleasant. Hundley does not consistently succeed in the pocket right now, especially when pressured. His style might work at the college level, but it will give him difficulties transitioning to the NFL.
Nov 19 - 2:22 PM

An AFC West scout told NFL.com that UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks played with the same kind of "intelligence and passion" that they saw in Bills LB Kiko Alonso.

"[H]e runs well for a big ILB who thumps," said the scout. NFL.com draft analysts Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah liked the comparison and noted that Kendricks had the "versatility and athleticism at linebacker" that would translate very well at the next level. Kendricks has made a team-leading 114 tackles in 10 games for the Bruins. It's possible that the senior could be a second-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 12 - 8:21 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that UCLA senior LB Eric Kendricks has been a "one-man wrecking crew" this season.

The numbers bear out Pauline's hyperbole. Kendricks had 13 tackles on Saturday and now has 114 overall. "He stacks well against the run playing bigger than his 225-pound frame," noted Pauline "while easily running down ball handlers in pursuit." This has caused Kendricks to "steadily rise up draft boards." Pauline speculated that Kendricks could be a second-round draft pick.
Nov 10 - 5:03 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 29 of 26 attempts for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 44-30 win over Washington.

He added two more touchdowns on the ground. Hundley recently acknowledged his early season struggles were caused by an attempt to please NFL evaluators. The quarterback attempted to stay in the pocket and work through multiple reads, something he just was not comfortable with. Now, Hundley is making the short to intermediate throws and running with the ball instead of looking downfield. It is a recipe for winning at the college level, but we doubt it will sustain success in the NFL.
Nov 9 - 12:45 PM

NFL.com media analyst Charles Davis said that the question of whether UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley should declare for the draft is "worth serious consideration."

Hundley recently made waves by saying that the pressure of impressing draft scouts was weighing on his mind and might have affected his player earlier in the season. Davis speculated that part of Hundley's issues might have stemmed from his fear of being labeled as a "running quarterback." Davis then brought up the example of Geno Smith, saying that "when [Smith] was entering the NFL in 2013...he firmly believed he could best beat defenses from the pocket with his arm and mind" and wanted to prove he didn't rely solely on his legs for success. We just don't see him coming back for his senior year,though. At this point, it's still almost a certainty that this will be Hundley's last season with the Bruins.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 5 - 6:04 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley said, of NFL scouts, that "you want to show people you can do things" and that it might have affected his play earlier in the season.

"Sometimes it changed your game, honestly," said Hundley of the possibility of being drafted in the NFL. Those thoughts "will really throw your game off. If you don't make the throws you want to, if you're scared to make mistakes, it will really throw your game off." Hundley added that all that matters to him now is winning games. Hundley hasn't been helped by the disaster that is the UCLA offensive line. Rotoworld's Josh Norris wrote in October that "improvements have been displayed some weeks, namely using his athleticism as a passer along with a runner." However, Norris continued in saying "In other [weeks], he reverts to his poor old form of dropping his eyes and becoming a running back after beating the first defender."
Source: LA Times
Nov 4 - 9:16 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley admitted to altering his play early in the season "because of pressure to improve as a passer" for NFL evaluators.

In the win against Arizona, Hundley decided to drop his eyes even more frequently and leave the pocket quickly to pick up yards with his feet. Earlier in the season he would attempt to handle pressure in the pocket and find receivers open downfield. Consistently dropping your eyes and picking up yards on the ground works at the college level, but in order for a quarterback to sustain success in the NFL, they must win from the pocket against pressure. Hundley has not shown this on a week to week basis.
Nov 3 - 10:22 AM

UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton had six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 17-7 victory against Arizona.

The biggest play of the game was Payton's 70-yard touchdown catch from Brett Hundley with 4:44 left in the third quarter. The school's traded the ball after that, with neither scoring. "Payton's hands are so strong," an NFC GM said last month. Payton has broken out with a career-high 53 receptions for 783 yards and seven touchdowns this season. "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed," NFL.com draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote last month.
Nov 2 - 7:21 PM

UCLA redshirt junior QB Brett Hundley completed 19 of 26 attempts for 189 yards and one touchdown in the school's 17-7 win over Arizona.

Hundley did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 131 yards on 24 carries. In fact, the quarterback commented that he was too focused on winning from the pocket early in the season to improve his NFL evaluation. That did not work, so now he has reverted back to picking up yards with his feet. In many cases, it can be a positive at the college level. But for his development in terms of eye level against pressure, it will not help.
Nov 2 - 9:45 AM

UCLA junior WR Jordan Payton had five catches for 65 yards in Saturday's 40-37 double overtime victory against Colorado.

"Payton's hands are so strong," an NFC GM told NFL.com last week. Payton has broken out with a career-high 47 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns this season. He had 38 catches last year. "His hands are one of his best assets, but he's a pretty complete receiver, runs routes well, and has good speed," NFL.com draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis wrote earlier this month.
Oct 26 - 5:21 PM


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