DE Takkarist McKinley (USA Today)

UCLA at the NFL Combine

Mar. 6 -- Five Bruins are participating in the NFL Draft Combine, and we're tracking their results...

UCLA has five players at the NFL Combine this weekend, which isn't quite as impressive as the nine UCLA had last year, but still a good amount.

Takkarist McKinley

Height, Weight: 6'2, 250

Arm Length: 34 3/4"

Hand Size: 9 3/4"

40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds

Bench Press: 24 reps

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Broad Jump: 122"

20-yard shuttle: 4.62 seconds

3-cone drill: 7.48 seconds

Analysis: Takkarist McKinley did absolutely nothing to hurt himself with this performance, and with the knowledge that he did all of this with a bum shoulder, it makes these numbers stand out even more. 4.59 seconds in the 40 is a very impressive number for a guy his size -- no, it's not the 4.4 speed he thought he might hit, but 4.59 seconds is about as fast as some of the wide receivers at the event. His vertical is more than respectable for a guy his size, and his quickness tests were very good as well. He still looks like a likely tweener in the NFL, with size more indicative of an outside linebacker than anything, but his impressive athleticism and motor is going to entice some teams early. The biggest revelation that came out of the week was that he's been playing with a hurt shoulder for two years and will need surgery before the Draft. That'll probably have some effect on his Draft prospects, but it remains to be seen what that will be. We would be pretty surprised if McKinley is still waiting around after the second round, even with some injury concerns.

Fabian Moreau

Height, Weight: 6'0, 206

Arm Length: 31 3/8"

Hand Size: 9"

40-yard dash: 4.35 (second fastest among cornerbacks, and fourth fastest overall. 

Broad Jump: 11.4, best among cornerbacks and second overall. 

20-yard shuttle: Hasn't tested yet

3-cone drill: Hasn't tested yet

Analysis: Fabian Moreau has put his best foot forward through the offseason, with many now considering him a fringe first round prospect. He hasn't tested yet at the Combine, but it's expected that he will run a very fast 40, and once that happens, he might solidify his chances as a top round selection. In the video below, commentator Mike Mayock called Moreau a second-rounder. 

Update: Moreau just ran a 4.35 40 Monday morning.

https://twitter.com/UCLAFootball/status/838796550088224768

Eddie Vanderdoes

Height, Weight: 6'3, 305

Arm Length: 33 1/8"

Hand Size: 10 5'8"

40-yard dash: 4.99 seconds

Broad Jump: 111"

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

Bench Press: 28 reps

3-cone drill: 7.69 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds 

Analysis: Eddie Vanderdoes probably did more to help himself over the weekend than any Bruin. First, he got himself in the best shape he's been in since high school, dropping to a true 305 pounds after playing at nearly 340 at different points over the years.  Vanderdoes somehow ran a faster shuttle than even McKinley, went below 5 seconds with his 40 (which is very impressive for a guy his size), put up a good number on the bench, and flashed some overall good athleticism. He's still more likely a third day guy in the Draft, but this performance almost certainly moved him further up some Draft boards.

Conor McDermott

Height/Weight: 6'8, 307

Arm Length: 34 3/4"

Hand Size: 11"

40-yard dash: 5.18 seconds

Broad Jump: 105 inches

Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches

3-cone Drill: 7.52 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.58 seconds

Analysis: Conor McDermott showed about what you'd probably expect from him. His quickness numbers were very good (both top 10 for offensive linemen), and his overall athleticism was solid for a guy his size. If we had to guess, we think NFL teams probably want him to get a little bigger than 307 pounds, since he's just so long. Everything we've read and heard indicates that he'll be an end-of-Draft pick.

Jayon Brown

Height/Weight: 6'0, 231

Arm Length: 31 3/8"

Hand Size: 9 5/8"

40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds

Broad Jump: 120"

Bench Press: 17 reps

Vertical Jump: 31.5"

Analysis: Jayon Brown finished just outside of the top ten for linebackers with his 40 time, which was a good number for him. Obviously, at his size, it would have been nice to break into the 4.6 range, but 4.7 is still really solid. His vertical is a little on the lower end of the spectrum, indicating that he's not quite as explosive as the other linebackers being tested. Still, testing at a legitimate 231 pounds is good for him, and probably will make more teams think of him as a potential Draftee. We have to anticipate he'll be a 6th or 7th rounder if he gets drafted, but even if he doesn't, we wouldn't be shocked to see him get picked up and stick with a team since he's such an asset on special teams as well.


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