After sitting through most of Saturday morning, UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt finally got a call from the Pittsburgh Steelers. He became the 192nd overall pick, going in the sixth round of the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defender has holes in his game, but caught the eyes of scouts with his fiery playing style. Zumwalt pushed his draft stock up late with a Co-Sun Bowl MVP performance, earning himself an invite to the Senior Bowl. He’ll likely contribute immediately on special teams, with a chance to play himself into the linebacker rotation.
He was the fifth Bruin to be taken in the 2014 NFL draft, following a pair of fourth-round picks in defensive end Cassius Marsh and receiver Shaq Evans. Linebacker Anthony Barr and offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo were taken in the first and second round, respectively.
Those five selections are the most for UCLA since it produced six in 2002. That draft featured Robert Thomas, running back DeShaun Foster, defensive back Marques Anderson, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, tight end Bryan Fletcher and long snapper Jeff Grau.
Nine Bruins have been drafted since head coach Jim Mora arrived at UCLA, the school’s highest two-year total since the 1993 and 1994.