Bruins in the NFL Draft

Apr. 30 -- "UCLA" keeps getting named in the NFL Draft, with many Bruins getting drafted...

UCLA had eight players drafted, which makes it the Pac-12 team with the most players drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, and the third most in the country (OSU -- 12; Clemson -- 9)

Here's the running total of UCLA Bruins taken so far:

http://www.scout.com/player/151544-kenneth-clark?s=12&year=2015

Round 1, Pick 27

The pipeline from UCLA to the Green Bay continued Thursday night when the Packers chose former All-Pac-12 defensive tackle Kenneth Clark in the first round with the 27th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Clark appeared in all 39 games at UCLA, ranked second on the team in total tackles with 75 and earned all-conference honors as a junior last season, anchoring the defensive front during his stay in Westwood. He joins former Bruins Datone Jones and Brett Hundley on the Packers roster. Jones was selected 26th overall by Green Bay in 2013.

https://twitter.com/packers/status/725885299583270914

Clark's selection came as a bit of a surprise, especially in UCLA circles given that he came off the board before former teammate Myles Jack.


http://www.scout.com/player/163233-myles-jack?s=12&year=2015

Round 2, Pick 36

After slipping out of the first round, Myles Jack finally came off the board Friday to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hope they have landed a steal with the 36th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Jaguars traded up a couple spots to take the former UCLA linebacker and many had projected Jacksonville to choose Jack with the fifth overall pick in the first round.

Jack was in the green room Thursday expecting to be drafted, but wasn't in attendance Friday. Earlier in the day he sent out a video on his Twitter showing him dunking a basketball, perhaps to provide visual that problems with the knee injury were overblown.

Jack played three games as a junior last season before suffering a torn meniscus and leaving the program. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013 and earned a reputation as one of the best athletes in college football.


http://www.scout.com/player/153347-caleb-benenoch?s=12

Round 5, Pick 148, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There was talk from NFL analysts that Caleb Benenoch was rated as the second round earlier this month, but ultimately he fell to Tampa Bay as the first Bruin picked in round 5.

Benenoch was a three-year starter at UCLA, and projects to add versatility to the Buccaneers with his ability to play both tackle and guard. He'll likely slot in first at tackle.

With Benenoch being drafted, UCLA has had offensive linemen drafted in three of the four years under Jim Mora and Adrian Klemm. Benenoch is the first tackle to be drafted out of UCLA since Kris Farris in 1999.


http://www.scout.com/player/153289-paul-perkins?s=12

Round 5, Pick 149, New York Giants

Just a pick after Benenoch, Paul Perkins came off the board, and will head to New York to play for the Giants.

Perkins ended up being drafted about where most expected he would have after his junior season. There was some talk that he might have bumped up even higher after a very good combine performance where he ran a low-4.5 40-yard dash, but going in the 5th round is still a very good result for the former three-star.

Perkins, a two-year full-time starter, is the first running back drafted for UCLA since Johnathan Franklin in 2013.


http://www.scout.com/player/128953-jordan-payton?s=12

Round 5, Pick 154, Cleveland Browns

The fifth round was very kind to UCLA, as Jordan Payton was also drafted just five picks after Perkins. Payton will head to the Cleveland Browns, where he'll play alongside former crosstown rival Cody Kessler, the USC quarterback who was unexpectedly drafted by the Browns in the 3rd round.

There was little consensus on where Payton would be drafted, with projections ranging from the 3rd to the 7th round. Ultimately, he split the difference, and will no doubt prove to be an asset to a Browns team in desperate need of...really anyone who can effectively play football.

Payton started games every year he was at UCLA, and is the Bruins' all-time leading receiver. 


http://www.scout.com/player/140419-aaron-wallace?s=12

Round 7, Pick 222, Tennessee Titans

In probably the most pleasant surprise of Saturday for UCLA, Aaron Wallace, who wasn't invited to the Combine, was drafted with the first pick of the 7th round by the Tennessee Titans.

Wallace led UCLA in sacks last year, which was really only his second year of significantly playing time. He wowed observers at the UCLA Pro Day in March, which likely helped his cause considerably.

UCLA has now had five linebackers drafted in four years under Jim Mora, a list that includes Anthony BarrEric KendricksJordan Zumwalt, Jack, and, now, Wallace.


http://www.scout.com/player/163618-thomas-duarte?s=12

Round 7, Pick 231, Miami Dolphins

Thomas Duarte, UCLA's starting Y-receiver from the last two years, was drafted in the 7th round by the Miami Dolphins.

Duarte was UCLA's second-leading receiver last year, and it was a bit surprising when he announced because most projected that he'd be UCLA's leading receiver this year. 

If you classify Duarte as a tight end, he's the first UCLA tight end to be drafted since Marcedes Lewis in 2006.


http://www.scout.com/player/134139-devin-fuller?s=12

Round 7, Pick 238, Atlanta Falcons

And, finally, another Bruin who was not invited to the Combine, Devin Fuller, showed off enough in his film and at his Pro Day to get drafted by the Falcons in the 7th round.

Fuller played significant time his freshman year, and then started for long chunks of each of the last three years at slot receiver. He had a couple of nagging injuries last season that limited his playing time. He also has the versatility to be a punt and kick returner.

Fuller, Payton, and Perkins are the first UCLA draftees from Jim Mora's 2012 class.


Four Bruins also signed undrafted free agent contracts:

Jake Brendel -- Dallas Cowboys

Ka'imi Fairbairn -- Houston Texans

Alex Redmond -- Cincinnati Bengals

Logan Sweet -- Indianapolis Colts

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