Bruin Defensive Back in the Mix

UCLA junior defensive back Matt Ware has decided to forego his senior year of eligibility and enter the 2004 NFL Draft, Bruin Report Online is reporting. He is just the latest of several UCLA players to leave Westwood.

Ware had this statement: "After reflecting upon this decision for a long time, and discussing it with my family, I have decided to take the next step to the NFL," Ware said. "This decision is based primarily on my belief that I am ready to play in the NFL and information I have received supporting that belief. I have enjoyed my time at UCLA and wish my teammates and coaches good luck in 2004. I will always be a member of the Bruin family."

The UCLA football program has had a rash of defections recently.  Once highly rated, receiver Tab Perry left school after being dismissed and is slated to transfer to a I-AA program so he can play next season.  The team's second leading rusher, Tyler Ebell was granted a release and will be transferring.

TFY Draft Preview: This comes as no surprise as we reported in the middle of November Ware was heavily leaning towards entering the draft.  His father, an accomplished attorney, was a big influence from what we heard.  What will be surprising to see is the position Ware ultimately plays.  Though used mainly at corner for UCLA we feel his man-cover skills are average at best and he's better suited, mentally and physically, facing the quarterback in centerfield.  This was a mistake in the sense a big senior season would've propelled Ware into the top 20 of April '05 and right now we see him struggling to get into the late part of round two.

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