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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: UCLA

These are the school's prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Owa Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 266.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-3.

    1/31/15: Odighizuwa has a nice skill set of size, speed and athleticism. He totaled 61 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks and five passes batted in 2014, but was phenomenal against Virginia in the season opener and was far more disruptive than the numbers indicate during the season. Odighizuwa also had a good game against Washignton with a ton of heat on the quarterback.

    At the Senior Bowl, Odighizuwa had a quality week and did well in the one-on-ones. He looks like a solid base end for a 4-3 defense.

    Odighizuwa missed the 2013 season with an injury and was a backup in in 2012. He totaled 44 tackles and a sack as a backup. Odighizuwa hasn't played a lot of football for a senior and has upside to develop in the NFL.

  2. Brett Hundley*, QB, UCLA
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    2/14/15: Hundley completed 69 percent of his passes in 2014 for 3,155 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He had nine rushing touchdowns as well. Hundley declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. He is a developmental project who needs a lot of work as a pocket passer for the NFL. Hundley passed on playing at the Senior Bowl, which made a bad impression on a lot of scouts.

    Entering the 2014 season, scouting sources across a number of NFL teams agreed that UCLA junior quarterback Brett Hundley was physically talented with upside, but they felt that he was inconsistent and overrated. Hundley did nothing to dispel that in the season opener against Virginia. He completed 20-of-33 passes for 242 yards and ran for 39 yards on 15 carries with a score. Hundley was then knocked out of the game against Texas with an injury to his non-throwing elbow (left).

    When Hundley came back to the field, he picked a great time to have the best performance of his collegiate career and maybe start the process of changing minds in the scouting community. Hundley showed huge improvements with his pocket passing, field vision, decision-making and working through his progressions in a massive game against Arizona State. He was 18-of-23 for 355 yards with four touchdowns while running for 72 yards on eight carries.

    Hundley took a step backward versus Utah and was a big part of the Bruins taking 10 sacks against the Utes. He also was underwhelming against Oregon. Taking sacks is an issue for Hundley as he took more than 100 across the past three years. To end his collegiate career, Hundley helped lead the Bruins to beat Kansas State in bowl season, but mainly used his legs rather than impress as a laser.

    8/27/14: As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Hundley led the Bruins' revival and helped get his team to the Pac-12 Championship Game. He completed 66 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,740 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, plus ran for 702 yards (355 net) with nine touchdowns. Hundley scored on a 72-yard touchdown run against Rice on his first play that year. He threw for 372 yards against a good Oregon State team and finished the year with 329 yards and three touchdowns versus Baylor.

    Hundley completed 67 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,071 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 970 yards (748 net) and 11 scores. Hundley led a furious comeback for a huge road win at Nebraska. In a win over Utah, he showed off his athletic ability when he caught a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown. Hundley struggled versus Stanford, but he played better against Oregon than his numbers indicated.

    The UCLA coaching staff has a lot of NFL experience and is grooming Hundley well for the next level. He fits in the mold of athletic quarterbacks with good arms. Hundley has room for improvement, but he has the potential to rise high.

    Personal: Undeclared major. Son of Brett, Sr. and April Hundley.

  3. Eric Kendricks, OLB/ILB, UCLA
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-2.

    1/31/15: Kendricks amassed 149 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two passes broken up, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 2014. The senior is a sideline-to-sideline run-defender who covers a ton of ground. He also is an asset in pass coverage as he guards some receivers well in man coverage and does very well in zone. In the NFL, Kendricks should be a three-down starter. He backed out on the Senior Bowl, and how he handled it rubbed some the wrong way.

    The senior was all over the field against Virginia to open 2014. The big plays he made led to 14 points from the Bruins' defense. Kendricks stripped a receiver of the ball deep in UCLA territory, and a teammate scooped up the fumble to return it for a touchdown. While the quarterback was flooded with defenders on the next drive, Kendricks had tight coverage on the running back and was able to undercut the throw to pick it off and run 37 yards to take it to the house. Kendricks totaled 16 tackles, two passes broken up, the forced fumble and the interception against Virginia. He also was impressive against Texas (11 tackles), Arizona State (10 tackles), Washington (13 tackles), USC (14 tackles, 1 INT) and Stanford (11 tackles).

    8/23/14: Kendricks played well in 2013 with 105 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception. He was third in the Pac-12 in tackles. Kendricks is an instinctive defender who can defend sideline-to-sideline.

    Kendricks was a backup until a breakout 2012 season in which he led the Pac-12 in tackles. Kendricks had 149 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two sacks, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick. His instincts were excellent as he did a great job of reading and reacting. Thanks to a disruptive defensive line and star outside linebacker Anthony Barr, Kendricks was able to make plays off of them.

    Kendricks is getting good preparation from a UCLA coaching staff under Jim Mora, Jr. that has a lot of pro experience. While Kendricks plays middle linebacker for the Bruins, he would have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL if he can't add weight.

    Personal: Economics major. Son of Marv Kendricks and Yvonne Thagon. Eric Kendricks is the younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of California.

  4. Ellis McCarthy*, DT, UCLA
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 330.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.99.
    Projected Round (2015): 2-4.

    1/31/15: McCarthy picked up 21 tackles with three sacks, and 3.5 tackles for a loss in 2014. He didn't have as big of an impact as expected, but he did finish the regular season playing better and was excellent against USC. McCarthy probably should have returned for his senior year, but he entered the 2015 NFL Draft.

    8/23/14: McCarthy totaled 28 tackles with three tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013. The sophomore was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. McCarthy did a nice job as a run-plugger a the point of attack. He has some intriguing skills as a nose tackle for a 3-4 defense.

    McCarthy had a few knee surgeries that delayed him breaking into the lineup for the Bruins. As a backup during 2012, he totaled 10 tackles with a sack and a pass batted. The freshman also missed five games.

    Personal: Son of Edward McCarthy and Libbie Adams.

  5. Anthony Jefferson, S, UCLA
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 194.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2014): 4-6.

    2/7/15: Jefferson had 72 tackles with eight passes broken up and an interception in 2014. He had 89 tackles with two interceptions the year before. In his first two seasons, Jefferson was a backup. He didn't stand out at the Senior Bowl and will need some development in the NFL. Personal: Son of Anthony Jefferson Sr. and Alyce Carter.

  6. Malcolm Bunche, G, UCLA
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 327.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

    1/17/15: Bunche and the UCLA line really struggled in 2014. They gave up 10 sacks to Arizona State and Utah; Brett Hundley was under fire all season. Bunche didn't impress for the Bruins.

    8/27/14: UCLA was fortunate to have Bunche transfer out of Miami and land with the Bruins. After losing Xavier Su'a-Filo to the NFL, UCLA needed a new left guard, and Bunche took the spot after graduating from Miami.

    In 2013, Bunche had some rough moments for Miami against Florida and Florida State, but he also did well in stretches as a run-blocker for Duke Johnson and a pass-protector for Stephen Morris. Bunche has shown some versatility moving around the line, but his best position for the NFL might be guard. Bunche was a platoon player across the line for the Hurricanes. As a sophomore, he was the starter at left tackle.


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