Scouting the PAC 10: UCLA

The post-Toledo era begins in Westwood and with it the possibility the end of underachieving players and fingers being pointed in blame. This is a talented Bruin unit with no single dominant player on the college field or for the next level.

They have a pair of receivers that could break into the first day or, more than likely, end up as later round picks. Tab Perry looked like an up-and-comer in 2001 but never took his game to the next level last season. He has great size and breaks it down field on occasion but lacks consistency and has poor pass catching fundamentals. The same cannot be said for Craig Bragg, the Bruin's "go-to" guy. Very reliable, Bragg comes away with the ordinary or tough catch but the junior lacks the deep speed and ability to get down the flanks. Underclassmen Eyoseph Efseaff has been a productive blocker as a mauling guard best in limited quarters. Senior Akil Harris is a solid interior runner that has shown skill in the past but never had the break out season that was expected. Junior Taylor looks as though he has the makings of a big time wide out prospect for the future and the sophomore should just get better in time.

Defensively the program has a pair of solid prospects. Tackle Rodney Leslie seriously considered entering the draft last April even though he missed significant time with injury. The big plugger explodes off the snap and drives up the field, destroying the opposition in his way. Leslie also thinks quick on his feet and immediately finds the ball. He's better stuffing the run than rushing the passer and though solid, does not instill that outright excitement many of the recent defensive tackles in the draft have. Defensive back Matt Ware hits hard, plays aggressive and really likes to mix it up. Ware is the first to throw his body around the field and works to intimidate opponents. He's also better facing the quarterback at either safety (more than likely the strong position) and looked woefully out of place at times last season when used at corner. Outside linebacker Brandon Chillar effectively makes plays up the field but must prove he can do the same in reverse to have any chance at the next level while Dave Ball offers some possibilities as a pass rusher. Another true sophomore to keep on eye on is safety Jarrad Page.

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