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An AFC exec said UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen's technique is "gorgeous."

"He’s the prettiest (of the 2018 quarterbacks)—gorgeous, just gorgeous," the exec said. "He has to find a way to prove he’s a good kid and can stay healthy and has a passion for the game. He has everything else." An AFC college scouting director interviewed by MMQB's Albert Breer agreed that Rosen looks the most natural of the '18 quarterbacks. "Every ball spins beautifully," one of his coaches said.
Source: MMQB
Jun 20 - 12:51 PM

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks reports that UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) "passed every physical test with flying colors" at the Elite 11 finals over the weekend.

Rosen was a college counselor at the event, but he threw and worked out. Brooks liked what he saw. "He is unquestionably one of the best passers I've seen in my 20-plus years in scouting," he wrote. "From his flawless footwork and mechanics to his rare ability to change ball speed and trajectories, Rosen can make every throw in the book with minimal effort. He can fire a fastball between multiple defenders at intermediate range or toss a rainbow to a receiver 45 yards down the field on a post-corner route with a feathery touch." He concluded: "Rosen is a top talent on his sheer passing ability and his rise will continue if he checks the boxes in two critical areas: injury history and football character." A shoulder injury cut Rosen's 2016 season in half. NFL.com colleague Daniel Jeremiah compares Rosen to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 14 - 2:52 PM

Miami redshirt senior T Sunny Odogwu transferred to UCLA as a graduate.

Odogwu picked the Pac-12 school over Michigan. The 6-foot-8, 325-pound offensive tackle is eligible to play for the Bruins right away in 2017 as a graduate. Jim Mora‘s crew has struggled along the line for the past few years, so Odogwu may turn out to be a valuable pick-up. Odogwu started 14 career games for the Hurricanes.
Jun 9 - 2:40 PM

UCLA four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson earned an invitation to The Opening through his work at the Elite 11 Finals.

Thompson-Robinson is a fascinating prospect, as he has yet to actually start a game at quarterback due to the presence of Tate Martell (who opted for Ohio State on National Signing Day in February) at Bishop Gorman High. He has attempted just 48 passes for his high school career. No matter for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, who earned his Opening invitation thanks to the fact that, as ESPN's Kyle Bonagura phrases it, Thompson-Robinson was "among the best, most consistent performers over the duration of the three-day event."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 8:15 PM

UCLA junior RB Bolu Olorunfunmi rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the team's spring game.

UCLA offered up a pitiful rushing attack in 2016, averaging just 84.25 yards on the ground. That mark stood as second-worst in the FBS, with only Texas State failing to a greater degree to gain traction in the run game. For his part, the 5-foot-10, 220-pound Olorunfunmi rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns while working to a middling 3.9 YPC clip. The former three-star recruit will work in a backup role behind Soso Jamabo and Nate Starks during the coming season as the team tries to build something vaguely resembling a respectable rushing attack in 2017.
May 30 - 4:22 PM

UCLA redshirt senior WR Eldridge Massington admitted that last season, his fundamentals "kind of got away from [him]."

"Last season (I) kind of left the fundamentals of things and the little things alone, and it kind of got away from me," Massington said. "But this year, I’m more focused on that, I’m honed in on the details." While ESPN ranked the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder as their No. 174 prospect for the 2013 cycle, Massington's career to date has been a quiet one. His best season came as a redshirt freshman in 2014, when he logged a 25-367-3 receiving line. He has not scored a touchdown since that season.
Source: Scout.com
May 25 - 6:18 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that "Takkarist McKinley's departure will still be felt (at UCLA), but [freshman DE Jaelan] Phillips' arrival will help lessen that."

"There was an adjustment period, of course," Bonagura wrote of Phillips' work this spring, "but by the end of the 15 practices he certainly didn't look like a player who had just enrolled in school." The analyst goes so far as to write that the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder "feels like a heavy favorite to be the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year." Phillips was a five-star recruit for the 2017 cycle and ranked as ESPN's No. 1 defensive prospect in the class.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 6:22 PM

ESPN's Kyle Bonagura writes that "after last year's disaster it's hard to be overly optimistic at this stage (regarding the UCLA running game)."

The Bruins finished last in the FBS in total rushing with a mere 1,011 yards rushing. They averaged just 3.72 YPC. Bonagura believes that new OC Jedd Fisch's more friendly-to-running-backs system should help, but his main concern is that there is next-to-no new blood at the position, noting that "it's essentially the same cast." Soso Jamabo -- who rushed for 321 yards in 2016 -- and Nate Starks (292 yards rushing) are expected to once again shoulder the bulk of carries for the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 5:24 PM

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

"In terms of how he's played the position, and maybe even athletically a little bit, I wrote down Eli Manning," Jeremiah said. Rosen threw for 3,670 passing yards and 23 touchdowns as a freshman in 2015 but regressed in 2016, largely due to a shoulder injury that cut his season in half. "He's got a firm base. You see him climb up in the pocket, and he is smooth and easy. You talk about a natural throwing motion, he's outstanding, and he's aware," Jeremiah said. "I thought he got a little bit greedy at times when he could have taken some (completions) underneath, but he does a nice job of keeping his eyes up under pressure. He needs to do a better job of giving up on a play. He takes some unnecessary sacks because of that."
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 4:00 PM

Miami redshirt senior T Sunny Odogwu will transfer as a graduate.

"Sunny and I had a good conversation, and he informed me that he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school," said HC Mark Richt in a statement. The 6-foot-8, 318-pounder saw 13 starts over a span of three active seasons with the Hurricanes. Nine of those starts came at right tackle during the 2015 season. With Odogwu moving on, that right tackle job looks like it is Tyree St. Louis' to lose.
May 22 - 3:19 PM

Per NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks, NFL scouts have "concerns" about UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen's "prickly personality and leadership skills based on interactions with teammates and coaches during his tenure."

The analyst mentions that there are also concerns about Rosen's arm strength and durability after he missed the Bruins' final six games with a shoulder injury. On the field, though, Brooks likes what he sees. "The 6-4, 218-pound junior is everything that coaches and scouts covet in a traditional pocket passer," Brooks wrote. "Rosen can make every throw in the book with pinpoint placement and accuracy while also showing a feathery touch."
Source: NFL.com
May 18 - 2:40 PM

An NFC area scout ranks UCLA QB Josh Rosen as the No. 4 draft-eligible quarterback prospect in the nation.

The scout puts Rosen behind Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. "Rosen has huge talent and lacks intangibles," the scout told Walter Football's Charlie Campbell. "He is a prototypical pocket guy. I love his talent, but his own teammates don't like him. Being a prick is one thing, but there aren't many quarterbacks who stick around long-term and are successful that couldn't get along well with their teammates." Right or wrong, Rosen's character has been under attack recently as the NFL turns their attention to the 2018 draft crop. The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke to an AFC executive earlier this month who called Rosen a "mess" off the field.
May 16 - 2:47 PM

247 Sports reports that UCLA junior Soso Jamabo was running with better pad level this spring.

Jamabo was one of the nation's most disappointing players last season, and the Bruins’s running game as a whole was wretched, ranking last in the Pac-12. To be fair to Jamabo, the Bruins' line was terrible in 2016, its offensive gameplans were clueless and Josh Rosen missed half the season to injury. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's system will be far more friendly to Jamabo, and it should give Jamabo plenty more opportunities to bounce outside via stretch plays.
Source: 247 Sports
May 15 - 2:10 PM

UCLA junior QB Josh Rosen (shoulder) completed 14-of-18 passes for 83 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the team's spring game.

The numbers themselves are not particularly meaningful -- though it was nice to see Rosen putting the ball on the money -- but perhaps the best takeaway for the Bruins when it comes to their star junior this spring is that Rosen has shown no signs of physical setback with his surgically-repaired shoulder. It would appear that he will be a full-go for August camp as he looks to put his best foot forward in 2017, before a potential declaration for the 2018 NFL Draft.
May 6 - 12:26 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Falcons a "C" grade for their draft.

The Falcons traded up to take UCLA OLB Takk McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick, then traded out of Rd. 2, picking up a third-rounder used on LSU LB Duke Riley and a pair of fifth-rounders used on San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee and Wyoming RB Brian Hill. "The Falcons have annually crushed the draft since Scott Pioli joined the front office. While this group was low on quantity, I liked its makeup for a team with very few needs," Silva wrote. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline and ESPN's Mel Kiper were both higher on the class, grading it as a "B+" and "B-," respectively.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 2:42 PM


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