The NFL Scouting Combine released its list of invites today, and there weren’t any real surprises on UCLA’s end.
Brett Hundley, who set multiple school records in three seasons as a starter, was included — the mild kerfuffle over his Senior Bowl absence having not knocked him off his status as the consensus No. 3 quarterback in the draft. So too were defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa and linebacker Eric Kendricks, who represent the Bruins’ other chances to produce a first-round draft pick for the third year in a row.
A recent SI.com mock draft projected Kendricks to go No. 30 overall to the Green Bay Packers, while Odighizuwa followed at No. 37 (New York Jets) and Hundley at No. 41 (St. Louis Rams).
Senior defensive back Anthony Jefferson, who played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and earned a late invite to the Senior Bowl, was also invited to the combine and could a late-round draft pick. The latter fact can also be said for defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy, who made a surprise decision to declare for the NFL draft.
One former Bruin made the cut too. Defensive back Tevin McDonald started nearly two full seasons at UCLA before being dismissed in March 2013, transferred to Eastern Washington and earned All-Big-Sky first-team honors this past season.