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There are hundreds of stories being told during the planning and anticipation of the 2017 NFL Draft. Today we will be looking at a scouting report for senior edge rusher Takkarist McKinley, UCLA Bruins.

DE/OLB-Takkarist McKinley, UCLA 6’2” 250 lbs.

 

This former high school track star (his Twitter account stated he was aiming for a 4.40 forty yard dash) turned defender was overshadowed in his first two years at UCLA playing more three tech than his natural five tech position. He is so athletic that he returned a punt 32 yards his junior season; what other edge rusher in this class could do that? I’m a high school football coach and educator by trade, so I am going to break down what I saw in the five games I reviewed of the senior defender: 2016 contests versus Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, and Stanford along with a 2015 game against their arch rivals USC. All of these videos are available via draftbreakdown.com. Here are my thoughts: Read More »

The 2016 NFL Draft has a few talented football players, who do not have natural positions.  The one this article discusses is former UCLA Bruin Thomas Duarte.  He is a tweener because of his tduartesize, not due to his play.  By just glancing at his 2015 statistics: 53 receptions for 872 yards (16.5 average per catch) and ten touchdowns, it’s clear that he is a play maker.  There isn’t a lot of game film available on draftbreakdown.com for him, but I did find two 2015 games against California and Colorado, along with highlights from his freshman and sophomore college years to get a better idea of what this young man brings to the next level.  Here are my thoughts:

WR/TE-Thomas Duarte, UCLA, 6′ 2″ 231 lbs. Read More »

One of the biggest 2016 NFL Draft stories is the recovery of superstar UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.  He was a natural force as a running back early on and as a linebacker his entire healthy career mjackfor the Bruins.  In early reports from UCLA pro days, it seems Jack is getting back to form in time to make an impact in the 2016 NFL season.  I reviewed three of his 2015 games against Virginia, BYU, and UNLV along with two of his 2014 games against  USC, and Kansas State to get a good idea of what skills and attributes he brings to the next level.  Here is what I saw:

LB-Myles Jack, UCLA, 6′ 1″ 245 lbs. Read More »

Since the NFL Draft will be here sooner than we think, now is a great type to delve into some of the less talked about running backs.  UCLA’s Paul Perkins has the athleticism to win on Saturdays,pperkins but will that translate on Sundays?  I watched his 2015 games against Nebraska, Arizona, California, Stanford, and USC to get a better understanding of the skills and attributes that the young runner bring with him.

RB-Paul Perkins, UCLA 5’10” 208 lbs. Read More »

Although everyone knows Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, there are other quarterbacks in the 2015 NFL Draft that could become valuable dynasty fantasy assets.  Today, we will take a bretthundlook at UCLA’s Brett Hundley.  I watched eight of his 2014 games against Virginia, USC, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Nebraska, Washington, and New Mexico State to get a good baseline of the skills and attributes he will bring into the NFL.  Here are my thoughts:

QB Brett Hundley, UCLA 6’ 3” 226 lbs.

Cons: This first thing that jumps out while watching the young signal caller is that he is not a very fluid athlete with almost robotic movements.  He is a pure shotgun quarterback who does not take snaps under center, if at all.  When Hundley is back in the pocket, he sometimes struggles to get the ball out quickly.  The signal caller needs to improve on his internal clock and long delivery to keep him from getting sacked.  After the pocket starts collapsing, the quarterback can get careless with the football, not tucking it away and getting strip-sacked.  Hundley appears to focus too much on the pressure and starts looking down, instead of looking downfield for a possible target.  He rarely goes through his full progression and seems to focus on his first or second targets before deciding to run.  Read More »

There is a lot of family tradition in the NFL.  Look at the Mannings (Archie, Peyton, and Eli), the Lucks (Oliver and Andrew), and now come the Kendricks (Mychal and Eric)?  While his brother, erickMychal, is a solid linebacker, can Eric hang?  I reviewed four of his games against Virginia, USC, Texas, and Stanford to get a better idea of what he brings to the next level.

LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA 6’ 0” 232 lbs.

Cons: The first thing that jumped out to me on film was that he plays with more finesse than power.  He needs to get better at delivering hits instead of absorbing them.  Sometimes when pursuing a ball carrier down the field, Kendricks takes some bad angles that allow blockers to take him out of the play.  This also carries over to when the linebacker focuses too much on the quarterback’s eyes when he is back in pass coverage and scrapes off other defenders.  He does not match up as well against tight ends and wide outs as he does against running backs.  Kendricks is a bit lite for his position and might only be able to play a weak side backer in a 3-4 or a middle linebacker in a 4-3.  Read More »

One of the more interesting defensive ends in this year’s class is the hard to pronounce Owamagbe Odighizuwa.  The former UCLA Bruin seems to be rocketing up some people’s draft boards, so I OOdecided to take a closer look.  After reviewing five of his games against Virginia, USC, Utah, Texas, and Arizona State, it was clear the skill set he brings to the NFL could greatly improve the team that drafts him.  Here are my thoughts:

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, UCLA 6’ 3” 267 lbs.

Cons: Although the aftermath did not show on the game tape I viewed, the former Bruin had hip surgeries in 2013, which caused him to miss that entire year. This injury could affect his performance a few years down the road and sap his fluidity.  Once Odighizuwa comes out of his stance in pass rushing situations, he can get tunnel vision on the quarterback and tends to over pursue while getting too high in his stance.  Read More »