Full 2016 Projected Football Depth Chart

Jan. 6 -- Now that we know most of the decisions for the possible early entrants, we can provide a clearer picture of next season's depth chart...

We just spent most of the last month projecting the depth chart for 2016 with our guesses as to which players would leave and stay, and frankly, we couldn't have been more wrong. Conor McDermott is staying, which we were almost sure he wouldn't do. Paul Perkins and Caleb Benenoch are leaving, and we thought there was a good chance both would stay. With that said, here's our updated look at the UCLA depth chart for next season.

OFFENSE

On the offensive side of things, the biggest change is on the offensive line and in the running game, but it isn't as dire of a situation as it looked like this time last week. With McDermott returning, suddenly UCLA looks as if it will actually have a fairly experienced and talented starting offensive line. There are still some depth issues, particularly at tackle, but the overall picture of the unit is a good deal rosier than we would have suspected last week, with four projected starters with legitimate and extended playing experience.

At running back, Paul Perkins' departure is a blow, but as we said in the projection, even if he left, UCLA has enough talented depth to not sustain much of a dropoff. Nate Starks and Sotonye Jamabo should both get significant carries next season, but don't sleep on Bolu Olorunfunmi, who opened a lot of eyes this season with his physical and decisive running style. 

We have Theo Howard starting out as a second-string outside receiver since he'll need to get bigger and stronger, but we wouldn't rule him out of the starting lineup by midway through the season. Depth at outside receiver is a concern at this point, and UCLA will need someone to emerge as a reliable threat there.

Believe it or not, but Steven Manfro could still return next year. We're not certain of it, but we've included him in the depth chart all the same. This would be his sixth year of eligibility after losing a couple of seasons to injury.

It remains to be seen what Thomas Duarte does, but if he returns, which we would suspect is likely at this point, the Bruins should have the potential to be very good on offense next season.

X Receiver
Kenny Walker (5-10, 185, R. Sr.)
Theo Howard (6-0, 180, Fr.)
Jordan Lasley (6-1, 190, R. So.)

Z Receiver
Alex Van Dyke (6-4, 205, Jr.) 
Eldridge Massington (6-3, 210, R. Jr.)
Mossi Johnson (6-0, 190, R. So.)
Darian Owens (5-11, 200, Fr.)

Left Tackle
Conor McDermott (6-8, 290, R. Sr.)
Kolton Miller (6-8, 305, R. So.) 
Alex Akingbulu (6-6. 255, Fr.)

Left Guard
Kenny Lacy (6-4, 285, R. Jr.)
Josh Wariboko (6-3, 305, R. Fr.)
John Lopez (6-5, 315, R. Jr.)

Center
Scott Quessenberry (6-4, 282, R. Jr.)
Najee Toran (6-3, 270, Jr.) 

Right Guard
Tevita Halalilo (6-4.5, 340, R. Fr.)
Poasi Moala (6-4, 285, R. Jr.)
Mike Alves (6-5, 315, Fr.)

Right Tackle
Kolton Miller (6-8, 305, R. So.)  
Andre James (6-4.5, 285, R. Fr.)
Zach Bateman (6-5, 310, R. Jr.)

Y Receiver
Thomas Duarte (6-3, 225, Sr.)
Austin Roberts (6-2, 220, R. So.)
Aaron Sharp (6-3, 200, R. So.)
Jordan Wilson (6-5, 225, Fr.)

Tight End/Fullback
Nate Iese (6-3, 250, R. Sr.)

Slot Receiver
Darren Andrews (5-10, 190, R. Jr.)
Stephen Johnson (5-10.5, 190, So.)
Demetric Felton (5-9, 180, Fr.)

Quarterback
Josh Rosen (6-4, 210, So.)  
Mike Fafaul (6-1, 201, R. Sr.)
Matt Lynch (6-4, 190, Fr.)
Dymond Lee (6-2, 185, Fr.)

Tailback
Soso Jamabo (6-2.5, 215, So.)
Nate Starks (6-0, 210 Jr.)
Bolu Olorunfunmi (5-11, 215, So.)
Steven Manfro (5'11, 205, R. Sr.)
Jalen Starks (6-1, 240, Fr.)



DEFENSE

UCLA hasn't had the same sort of major changes on the defensive side as they've had on the offensive side. As expected, Kenneth Clark elected to forgo his senior season, but that was built into our projection in the first place.

As of now, we'll still build the depth chart as if UCLA is running a 3-4, but keep in mind that the Bruins could flip to more four-man fronts in non-nickel situations next season, as a response to the difficulty stopping the run this season.

It sounds as if Eddie Vanderdoes is much more likely to slide in at the defensive tackle position than nose tackle next year, to take advantage of some of his interior pass rush ability, which would push Eli Ankou to nose tackle. This is, again, if UCLA keeps a 3-4, which may or may not happen.

One big obvious note: UCLA could really use an impact freshman at outside linebacker. Someone with real athleticism who can step in a play right away. If only there were someone out there like that.

Defensive Tackle
Eddie Vanderdoes (6-4, 305, R. Jr.)
Matt Dickerson (6-5, 265, Jr.)
Osa Odighizuwa (6-2, 255, Fr.)

Nose Tackle
Eli Ankou (6-2, 290, R. Sr.)
Nick Terry (6-4, 290, Jr.)
Ainuu Taua (6-0, 285, R. So.)

Defensive End
Takkarist McKinley (6-4, 245, Sr.)
Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (6-4, 270, Jr.)
Rick Wade (6-5, 255, R. Fr.)
Marcus Moore (6-3, 245, Fr.)

Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Deon Hollins (6-0, 220, Sr.)
Keisean Lucier-South (6-4, 230, R. Fr.)
Breland Brandt (6-4, 225, Fr.) 

Inside Linebacker
Jayon Brown (6-0, 220, Sr.) 
Krys Barnes (6-2, 220, Fr.)
Dwight Williams (6-1, 220, R. So.)

Inside Linebacker
Isaako Savaiinaea (6-2, 235, Sr.)
Kenny Young (6-2, 230, Jr.) 
Lokeni Toailoa (6-1, 230, Fr.)

Outside Linebacker
Mique Juarez. (6-2, 230, Fr.) (Since he would likely start as a true freshman, we'll include him here even though he is uncommitted)
Josh Woods (6-2, 210, So.)
Cameron Judge (6-1, 225, Sr.)
Cameron Griffin (6-3, 230, R. So.)  

Left Cornerback
Fabian Moreau (6-0, 193, R. Sr.)
Johnny Johnson (5-10, 185. R. Jr.)
Nathan Meadors (6-1, 185, So.)
Denzel Fisher (6-2, 180, R. So.)

Nickel
Ishmael Adams (5-8, 190, R. Sr.) 
Jaleel Wadood (5-10, 185, Jr.)

Safety
Jaleel Wadood (5-10, 185, Jr.)
Adarius Pickett (6-0, 195, R. So.)
Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 190, Sr.)
William Lockett (5-11, 180, R. Fr.)

Safety
Randall Goforth (5-10, 190, R. Sr.)
Octavius Spencer (6-1.5, 175, So.)
Leni Toailoa (6-2, 190, Fr.)

Right Cornerback
Marcus Rios (5'11, 180, R. Sr.) 
Colin Samuel (6-2, 180, R. Fr.)
Dechaun Holiday (6-2.5, 208, R. Fr.) 



SPECIALISTS

Place Kicker
J.J. Molson (Fr.)

Punter
Austin Kent (Fr.)

Long Snapper
Johnny Den Bleyker (Fr.)


Kickoff Returner
Darren Andrews (5-10, 190, R. Jr.)
Stephen Johnson (5-10.5, 190, So.)

Punt Returner
Darren Andrews (5-10, 190, R. Jr.)
Stephen Johnson (5-10.5, 190, So.)


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