UCLA in the NFL Combine

Feb. 23 -- We take a look at how UCLA's players did in the NFL Combine this weekend...

Brett Hundley.
Quarterback Brett Hundley
Height: 6’3
Weight: 226 pounds
Arm Length: 32 1/8”
Hand Size: 10 1/2”
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds (5th among QBs)
Vertical Jump: 36.0 inches (3rd)
Broad Jump: 10’0” (5th)
3 cone drill: 6.93 seconds (3rd)
20 yard shuttle: 3.98 seconds (1st)

Hundley, as many expected, had an exceptional combine performance. He performed almost completely to expectation in each of the tests, but his most eye-popping score was his 3.98-second 20-yard shuttle. The shuttle is a test of quickness and change of direction, which are two areas where Hundley excels, but that number was the best among quarterbacks by a (relatively) wide .12 second margin. His 40-yard dash and vertical both showed off good explosion as well, to the point where Hundley has an argument for being the most athletic quarterback in the Draft this year.

Eric Kendricks
Linebacker Eric Kendricks
Height: 6’0
Weight: 232 pounds
Arm Length: 31”
Hand Size: 9 5/8”
40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds (9th among LBs)
Bench Press: 19 reps (24th)
Vertical Jump: 38.0 inches (5th)
Broad Jump: 10’4” (6th)

Kendricks didn’t participate in the shuttle or 3 cone drill on Sunday, but he still opened a few eyes with decidedly more athleticism than scouts gave him credit for coming into the Combine. His vertical was particularly striking, since it’s a very good number and Kendricks has never been described as a very explosive athlete. His bench number isn’t great, but bench press is just about the most useless measurement for determining Pro potential. Combined with his impressive game film, we’d have to imagine Kendricks’ stock has gone up considerably with his performance this weekend.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa.
Defensive End Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Height: 6’3
Weight: 267 pounds
Arm Length: 33 3/4”
Hand Size: 11”
40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds (2nd)
Bench Press: 25 reps (18th)
Vertical Jump: 39.0 inches (1st)
Broad Jump: 10’7” (1st)
3 cone drill: 7.36 seconds (14th)
20 yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds (3rd)
60 yard shuttle: 11.75 seconds (3rd)

Everyone expected Odighizuwa to put up some good Combine numbers, but few probably expected this sort of jaw-dropping showing. Measuring in at 6’3, 267, Odighizuwa showed off tremendous explosive athleticism, putting up elite scores in the 40, the vertical, and the broad jump. One small concern for scouts will likely be his time in the 3 cone drill, which could indicate some lack of hip flexibility stemming from his surgery a year ago. As with Kendricks, though, Odighizuwa clearly raised his Draft stock considerably with his performance this weekend, and has probably made himself a clear cut choice in the first two rounds.

Ellis McCarthy.
Defensive Tackle Ellis McCarthy
Height: 6’5
Weight: 338 pounds
Arm Length: 34 1/8”
Hand Size: 9 7/8”
40-yard dash: 5.21 seconds (39th)
Bench Press: 24 reps (22nd)
Vertical Jump: 32.0 inches (18th)
Broad Jump: 9’1” (20th)
3 cone drill: 8.16 seconds (36th)
20 yard shuttle: 5.07 seconds (37th - last)

In terms of performance in college, it was certainly a surprise that McCarthy came out for the Draft with a year of eligibility remaining. He did not make a huge impact at UCLA, and could have used another year to continue working on his body and potentially making a bigger on-field impact. His Combine performance didn’t do him a great many favors; the numbers are not as bad as they look, given that he is almost 340 pounds, but there’s little there to get general managers and coaches excited. His vertical jump is pretty good, considering his weight, and you’d have to figure he’d be able to improve that if he can eventually shed some of the extra weight. As many have opined, his football future may have to be on the offensive line rather than the defensive line, where his limited quickness and flexibility isn’t such a disadvantage. He’s definitely going to head into UCLA’s Pro Day with some things to prove.

Anthony Jefferson.
Defensive Back Anthony Jefferson
Height: 6’1
Weight: 198 pounds
Arm Length: 31 1/2”
Hand Size: 8 1/2”

Jefferson will perform in Combine drills today, and we’ll update when the results come in. As it stands at the moment, Jefferson has the least buzz around him among the UCLA players competing at the Combine, so he'll need to put together a big day to start rising up some Draft boards.

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