Former UCLA receiver Devin Fuller might have been the biggest surprise, looking fast and explosive, and well-built. Jim Mora said he was clocked at 4.37 electronically in the 40-yard dash and he looked that quick in drills. On one route, Fuller made a diving catch near the sideline after the ball had been under thrown and earned some oohs from those in attendance, showing the ability to adjust and control his body. He measured at just over 6 feet and 195 pounds.
Myles Jack, who undoubtedly drew the most attention, didn't test, and he did just a short period of linebacker drills. He looked like he was in better shape than during the season. Physically you'd be impressed with Aaron Wallace, but running the LB drills next to Jack, the difference in mobility and athleticism was clear. Jack said he was at about 80 percent and would return to the same field for another workout on April 1 when he would hope to run a 40-yard, with something in the 4.5 range being his goal. He said he had a 40-inch vertical but that he's got at least a couple more inches to go on that.
Wallace tested well, running in the 4.5 range according to the scouts and physically was most impressive, measuring 6-3 and 246 lbs. His vertical was 36 inches and broad jumped 10-10. We're hearing he projects as Sam linebacker in the pros and he's getting some respectable interest, and will more than likely be drafted, probably in the third day of the event.
Among the offensive linemen, Alex Redmond was probably the most impressive. He was in great shape, and looked the most explosive, flexible and violent. Jake Brendel looked solid, with good footwork and technique. Caleb Benenoch physically was impressive, and showed some good athleticism, but appeared a bit more raw in his technique, and a bit more tentative. Mora said he shed a few pounds since the Combine.
Ellis McCarthy was raw in his OL technique, but we've heard he's getting some interest and could get a free-agent contract. We always thought he should have been an offensive lineman, even going back to his high school career. It'd be interesting to see where his OL skills would be if he had been coached by Adrian Klemm during his time at UCLA.
Kenneth Clark looked great, a bit leaned down from the season -- or, more accurately, substituting some muscle for just bulk. For a guy his size, he looked very quick through the drills, with great feet and burst. We've heard a high second-round draft projection for him. He was the only defensive lineman in drills, but managed to do well despite the lack of rest. Clark weighed in at 311 lbs.
Jordan Payton looked like Jordan Payton -- solid, very good pass-catching ability. Mora said he's heard from a lot of NFL people that he was tremendous in his interviews, and the 4.47 he ran at the NFL Combine certainly was a plus.
Thomas Duarte looked noticeably bigger physically, and ran great routes and caught the ball very naturally.
Paul Perkins was a bit limited, still recovering from a hamstring, and did drills catching passes out of the backfield. He noticeably looked bigger.
Also participating were Ka'imi Fairbairn, Keenan Graham, Roosevelt Davis and Logan Sweet, who Mora said could get a look at an NFL training camp and open some eyes.
Jerry Neuheisel threw in the receiver drills, and held for Fairbairn, and said he was leaving today to play professional football in Japan, with the Obic Seagulls.
Overall, it was a very impressive display of athletes, with a huge turnout of NFL scouts and reps. Mora said there were over 100 NFL personnel in attendance, with each of the 32 teams represented. He said there are 11 UCLA players with the potential to hear their name called during the NFL Draft.
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