Both of UCLA's offensive stars have submitted their names to the NFL's draft advisory board, which is a small group of NFL general managers, personnel directors and scouts that projects where players will be selected in the draft. Neither Su'a-Filo nor Hundley have heard back yet from the NFL board, but they have gotten some informal evaluations from NFL types.
We've heard that Hundley, the redshirt sophomore, has received feedback projecting him to be approximately a third-round pick. The consensus was that he'd benefit considerably by remaining at UCLA with the potential to greatly enhance his draft stock with at least another year of college football experience.
Su'a-Filo is an interesting situation. Early feedback for Su'a-Filo projects him in the third or fourth rounds, and that he could also benefit from another season to get stronger and improve his quickness and body. He played mostly tackle this season while he projects as a guard on the next level, and the feeling is that he'd enhance his draft status with one more season at guard.
Since Su'a-Filo went on his Mormon Mission after his first year at UCLA, he, though, has to consider he's turning 23 years old in January. The general theory is that being older is a concern for NFL scouts – that it limits a prospect's upside. Even though Su'a-Filo has been told that his age won't affect his draft evaluation, it has resonated a bit with him, according to sources.
It's thought, however, that Su'a-Filo isn't 100% decided he's going pro and that the door is still slightly open to him returning. A disappointing evaluation from the advisory board could be influential.
Coach Jim Mora, who obviously has experience with NFL drafts, has provided his opinion to both Hundley and Su'a-Filo.
Despite the initial feedback given to Hundley, he is still undecided, with a few factors weighing on the decision. According to sources, there is an influence close to Hundley that favors him going to the NFL, and that has made his decision tougher. The thought is that he won't decide until he receives the report back from the NFL advisory board, and there is no timetable for when the advisory board processes each individual evaluation. Over 200 underclassmen have submitted paperwork requesting draft status, and some potential draftees have already received the feedback from the Advisory Board. It's believed, though, that Hundley won't publicly announce his decision until after the Sun Bowl.
Su'a-Filo and Hundley have until January 15th to officially enter the draft.