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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley could be "that missing piece" for the Falcons.

Not only does Jeremiah think that McKinley would be a snug fit for the Falcons -- he would like to see them add another pass-rusher to play alongside Vic Beasley -- the analyst forwards the idea of Atlanta trading up for his services, writing that "if a player like Tak McKinley were to slide to the early 20s, the Falcons should make a move and go get him. He is a perfect fit inside this scheme and he'd help the defense close out games with his pass-rush ability." Adding a little beef to DJ's idea, the Falcons hosted the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder for an official pre-Draft visit earlier this month. The Cowboys, Saints and Panthers have also hosted Tak in an official capacity.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 2:47 PM

An AFC South scout said that UCLA T Connor McDermott is "[j]ust not strong enough to play in our league."

"Unless he finds more core (strength), I can't see him being able to survive against power," said the scout. McDermott measured in at 6-foot-8, 307 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. He was one of the top performers at his position in agility and change of direction drills in Indianapolis, logging a 7.52s run through the three-cone drill and a 4.58s dash in the 20-yard shuttle. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that McDermott's "size will likely get him drafted, but there are quite a few holes in his game that are in desperate need of work."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:37 PM

An NFC West regional scout said that he "want[s] [UCLA CB Fabian Moreau] to play with more edge."

The scout refers to Moreau as "big and strong," but adds that the 6-foot, 206-pounder "should be whipping and overwhelming some of these skinny receivers but he just lets them take too many liberties." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the UCLA standout to Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard and writes that Moreau "could become an eventual starter for a press-man team." The corner is currently rehabbing from a torn pectoral muscle sustained while at the bench press on pro day. His most optimistic timetable would have him ready for football at some time in July. The most pessimistic timetable wouldn't have him coming back until September or thereabouts.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 6:20 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley to Denver Broncos OLB Shane Ray.

"Ray and McKinley both love to challenge tackles upfield before playing the hands game," notes the PFF analysis team, who then posited a rhetorical question in writing that "[n]either profiles as a huge factor in the run game, but if they are winning as a pass-rusher, does it matter?" The 6-foot-2, 250-pound top-10 hopeful was a busy little bee this past week, taking in official visits with the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Panthers. And he has another four scheduled for next week. A bit more from PFF, now, with the outlet forwarding the opinion that "[n]ot many pass-rushers in this class can match some of the raw traits that McKinley possesses." They add that "[h]is explosiveness and length are rare for the position."
Apr 15 - 3:00 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley had official pre-Draft visits this week with the Cowboys, Falcons, Saints and Panthers.

Four more visits are on McKinley's docket next week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Interested parties won't want to wait long to call his name. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks McKinley as the No. 15 overall prospect in the class. "He will be successful if only because of his closing speed and motor," Norris wrote. "Difficult to slow down once gaining a momentum or positional advantage. Used to attack a number of alignments."
Apr 13 - 3:44 PM

UCLA edge rusher Deon Hollins was invited to the Texans' local prospect day.

Hollins lacks size at 6-foot, 236 pounds, but he's got speed to burn with a 40-yard dash of 4.43 seconds. Unfortunately, he regressed mightily as a senior (two sacks, 2.5 TFL) after earning second-team all-Pac 12 honors as a junior. He may go undrafted. Either way, his best fit is with a 3-4 team looking for a cheap pass-rushing specialist off the edge.
Apr 6 - 1:57 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) said that he felt good after participating in spring practice on Tuesday.

Rosen was sidelined in early October this past season due to a shoulder injury which eventually required surgery. Said the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder of his work during Tuesday's practice, "I felt really good. It's been awhile since I've played football. I've been throwing routes throughout the winter during the rehab process, but it's cool to do it full speed with all the guys on the field." Bruins HC Jim Mora indicated that he "didn't notice [Rosen] favoring anything or wincing or doing anything" and added that his star pupil "looked normal." Rosen will be eligible for the draft following the 2017 season and has plenty of potential for a high selection, but we would like to see a full, strong campaign from the gunslinger before anointing him as a lock first-rounder. For now, a very likely one.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 8:57 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) took part in the Bruins' first practice of the spring on Tuesday.

Rosen suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in early October, one which ultimately required surgery. So far, so good on the recovery front, it would appear. Expect the Bruins to treat their star junior with kid gloves early, as 2017 will be a huge season for both team and player. Rosen entered the collegiate ranks as a five-star recruit and proceeded to throw for 3,669 yards with a 23/11 TD/INT ratio as a freshman, but wobbled to start his sophomore year in 2016 (59.3% completions, 10/5 TD/INT ratio in six games), even before the injury. If he can put everything together in 2017, he has the potential to land as the No. 1 overall pick should he declare for the 2018 draft.
Apr 4 - 4:14 PM

UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley is visiting the Browns, Steelers, Ravens and Bengals this week.

This is an interesting little AFC North tour for Mr. McKinley. The Steelers and Ravens may not have access to him, barring a trade up the board. A top-10 possibility, McKinley could make sense for the Bengals at No. 9 or the Browns at No. 12. Of course, Cleveland is almost assuredly going to have taken Myles Garrett at No. 1 by then.
Apr 3 - 6:03 PM

UCLA CB Fabian Moreau underwent successful surgery Wednesday night to repair a torn pectoral muscle.

The injury Moreau suffered during his pro-day bench press turned out to be more significant than at first thought. UCLA HC Jim Mora had something to do with that, downplaying the injury on Tuesday as "minor and nothing to worry about." Moreau, formerly moving into Round 1 territory, now faces a recovery timeline of 4-6 months (which translates to something like mid-July to late-September). It's a devastating turn of events for Moreau (6-foot, 206 pounds), who was coming off a dominant NFL Combine that included a 4.35 40-yard dash (No. 2 among CBs).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 3:06 PM

UCLA WR/CB Ishmael Adams did punt return work for scouts at his pro day workout.

It makes sense. Adams is a versatile -- he played corner and receiver in college -- but undersized prospect who some worry doesn't have the frame to excel in the NFL. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder should be available later on in the NFL Draft if a team wants to leverage his versatility at a low price point.
Mar 22 - 5:44 PM

UCLA CB Marcus Rios met with the New York Jets after his pro day workout.

Rios checked into the event at 5-foot-11, 192 pounds. He completed 18 reps on the bench, posted a 10-foot-4 broad jump and ran a forty in 4.49s.
Mar 22 - 5:09 PM

UCLA EDGE Takk McKinley will meet with the Browns, Cowboys, Ravens, Steelers and Lions, among other teams, ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

McKinley did not specify to NFL Network's Courtney Fallon if the meetings were private workouts or in-house visits, but each team has a pass rushing need and could address it in round one. McKinley could be off the board within the first 10 picks, but he is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn labrum and broken glenoid in his shoulder, and injury that he dealt with for two seasons.
Mar 22 - 9:42 AM

UCLA CB Fabian Moreau met with the Lions, Dolphins, Saints and Bengals on Monday.

Tip of the cap to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline for the above honor roll of names. Pauline passes along that Moreau additionally met with the Cowboys' DB coach on Tuesday. The 6-foot, 206-pounder had been absolutely cruising through the draft process prior to Tuesday's pro day -- he was a standout performer at the East-West Shrine Game and aced his athletic testing at the Combine -- but ran into a little speed bump when he suffered what Pauline has referred to as a "pectoral strain" during the bench press. Due to the injury, the possible first-rounder did not take part in pro day positional drills.
Mar 21 - 10:59 PM

UCLA WR Kenneth Walker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds during Tuesday's pro day.

Sizzling time for Walker, who did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. This past season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder caught 22 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. He also has some potential as a return man. Walker will likely have to fight his way onto a roster via undrafted free agency.
Mar 21 - 9:27 PM


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