UCLA Has Several Players At The NFL Combine This Weekend

Feb. 26 -- UCLA has several players at the NFL Combine this weekend, and we'll keep track of their performances here...

UCLA has nine players at the NFL Combine this weekend, which has to be pretty close to some kind of record for the Bruins.

Myles Jack isn't doing much of the physical testing while recovering from knee surgery, but the rest of the participants are going through the majority of drills.

Over the next couple of days, we'll keep track of how they perform here.

Myles Jack

Height, Weight: 6'1, 245

Arm Length: 33 5/8"

Hand Size: 10 1/4"

Analysis: Not participating in drills, but really doesn't need to. He's universally regarded as a top 10 to top 15 pick, with the potential to go in the top 5.

Caleb Benenoch

Height, Weight: 6'5, 305

Arm Length: N/A

Hand Size: N/A

40-yard dash: 4.98 seconds

Broad Jump: 104"

20-yard shuttle: 5.11 seconds

3-cone drill: 8.15 seconds

Analysis: Benenoch posted an elite time for an offensive linemen in the 40, which is a good measure of his explosiveness getting off the line, and his broad jump is pretty solid for a 300-pound lineman. Benenoch is probably a mid to late round pick, so posting a time like that in the 40 should only boost his stock. He didn't participate in the bench press, which is a not very useful measure of strength anyway. His 20-yard shuttle was one of the worst times among offensive linemen at the Combine, and that's a little bit of a knock, since that measures foot quickness and change of direction. The 3-cone drill time is middling. Overall, he probably raised his stock overall with the 40 time and the broad jump and didn't hurt himself much in the other areas.

Jake Brendel

Height, Weight: 6'3, 286

Arm Length: N/A

Hand Size: N/A

40-yard dash: 5.01 seconds

Broad Jump: 108"

Bench Press: 25 reps

3-cone drill: 7.31 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.27 seconds 

Analysis: Brendel has had an excellent combine thus far and has likely boosted his stock quite a bit with his showing here. His 40 time is very good for an offensive lineman, even one as light as Brendel, and his broad jump was very respectable. Probably most importantly, even though it isn't a great measure of functional strength, he benched a very solid 25 reps. Then, in the quickness drills, Brendel was the best OL in the combine by a wide margin, posting excellent times in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. Brendel has definitely opened some eyes with this performance, and that could lead to him being a late-round pickup despite ideal size or versatility.

Kenny Clark

Height/Weight: 6'3, 314

Arm Length: 32 1/8"

Hand Size: 10 1/2"

40-yard dash: N/A

Broad Jump: N/A

Bench Press: N/A

Analysis: The defensive linemen are scheduled to compete over the weekend so we'll have the data from Clark then. His height and weight were both solid, but his arm length could be a mark against him. Overall, though, Clark is a pretty clear early round pickup, and his testing could boost his stock.

Thomas Duarte

Height/Weight: 6'2, 231

Arm Length: 33"

Hand Size: 10"

40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

Broad Jump: 118"

Bench Press: 12 reps

Vertical Jump: 33.5"

Analysis: Receivers and tight ends have yet to perform. Duarte has added some size since the end of the season, which should serve him well when being evaluated as a tight end. Arm length and hand size are both good for a receiver. If he runs a very good 40, he could see a boost to his stock, as matchup tight ends who can catch like he can have become all the rage in the NFL. The biggest question, as in college, is how willing he will be to block at the next level. In any case, he looks like a mid-round pick at this point.

Ka'imi Fairbairn

Height/Weight: 5'11, 183

Arm Length: 31 1/4"

Hand Size: 9 1/4"

40-yard dash: N/A

Broad Jump: N/A

Bench Press: N/A

Analysis: Fairbairn is probably one of the top handful of kickers in this class, and it wouldn't be a stunner to see some team spend a late round pick on him. Imagine hearing those words two years ago and reflect on how far Fairbairn has come.

Jordan Payton

Height/Weight: 6'1, 207

Arm Length: 32 1/2"

Hand Size: 10 1/8"

40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds

Broad Jump: 121"

Bench Press: N/A

Vertical Jump: 34.5"

Analysis: Payton and the receivers have not yet gone through the testing, but his testing should be very interesting. He could really improve his stock if he runs better than a 4.6 40, because the big question with him is explosion off the line and overall speed. As such, vertical jump and 40 are probably his biggest areas to show good numbers, since those are the best measures of explosion at the combine. As it stands, Payton is regarded as a very good possession receiver who can win 50/50 balls. Right now, he looks like a mid to late-round draft pick depending on what prognosticator you ask. UPDATE: Payton did himself a great service with his combine performance. His 40 time is excellent, full stop, and especially for a guy who was already regarded as a possession receiver. His broad jump was also quite good, and his vertical was respectable. Very good day for Payton.

Paul Perkins

Height/Weight: 5'10, 208

Arm Length: 31 5'8"

Hand Size: 9"

40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds

Broad Jump: 124"

Bench Press: 19 reps

Vertical Jump: 32"

Analysis: That was a very good 40 time for Perkins. It's a top 12 time for backs at the combine, and speed has long been one of the knocks on Perkins. The vertical number isn't as good, but his broad jump helps to make up for it. The broad jump can be a really good measure of burst and short area explosion, but most importantly it shows off a player's balance and lower-body strength, and those are two areas where Perkins excels. Measuring in at 5'10, 208 pounds was good for him as well, and if he can add seven pounds or so, he has a chance to be a starting back for some team down the road. At this point, most people are projecting Perkins as a mid-round pick.

Alex Redmond

Height/Weight: 6'5, 294

Arm Length: 33 1/4"

Hand Size: 10 1'2"

40-yard dash: 5.30 seconds

Broad Jump: 111"

Bench Press: 30 reps

3-cone drill: 7.75 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.9 seconds

Analysis: To the common fan's view, Redmond's decision to leave early was probably the most curious. Earning an invite to the combine was big for him, and so far he hasn't done anything to hurt himself. His broad jump is a top five score for an offensive lineman, and his bench press is very respectable for an interior lineman, and top five overall for offensive linemen. The 40 is pretty middle of the road, though. Given his size, he probably wanted to show better numbers in the quickness drill as well -- his shuttle time is bottom half for offensive linemen, and his 3-cone time is middling. Redmond is likely a fringe draft pick, but even if he doesn't get a late round flyer from a team, he'll certainly get invites to camps.


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