UCLA football: Bruin draft preview

The 2014 NFL draft is coming up quickly. Players’ perceived stock will inevitably fluctuate from now until the draft, but the players have done everything they can do solidify themselves within their position class. Let’s take a look at the USC football players likely to be picked in 2014 NFL Draft:

Anthony Barr, OLB/DE

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Anthony Barr

Projected early to mid first round

Height: 6’5”            Weight: 255            40 time: 4.66

Anthony Barr is an outstanding prospect with the potential to be a game-changing pass rusher. With limited experience at the OLB position he has plenty of untapped potential that makes defensive coordinators drool. He is an athletic freak and once his run defense improves and his pass-rushing technique is refined, he could be considered a premier player at the position.

 

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G

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Xavier Su’a-Filo

Projected late first to second round

Height: 6’4”            Weight: 307            40 time: 5.04

            Another elite talent coming out of UCLA this year, Su’a-Filo will be among the top guards selected in the draft. In some mocks, he has crept up to the late-first round. Guards aren’t often picked in the first round, showing just how highly team executives are thinking of him.

 

Jordan Zumwalt, ILB

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Jordan Zumwalt

Projected third to fourth round

Height: 6’4”            Weight: 235            40 time: 4.76

            Zumwalt is a high motor kid and a stud of a linebacker. He hits like he’s angry and makes his presence known to the other team. His average athleticism will hold him back, but it won’t stop him from contributing to a team in the NFL.

 

Cassius Marsh, DE

Projected fourth to sixth round

Height: 6’4”            Weight: 252            40 time: 4.89

            Marsh is a hard-working emotional player. This is his greatest advantage and also his greatest downfall. He gives great energy and works with an unmatched intensity, but his emotions get the best of him too often. Playing opposite Anthony Barr allowed him to flash his talent at times, but also has Marsh flying under the radar.

 

Shaq Evans, WR

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Shaq Evans

Projected sixth to seventh round

Height: 6’1”            Weight: 213            40 time: 4.51

            Evans is an average receiver in most aspects of his game. He doesn’t have breakaway speed or outstanding hands, but shows promise in enough aspects of the game to become a contributor in the future. He isn’t afraid to fight for the football and is known to have a solid work ethic. Punt and kick return ability add value to his stock.