Jim Mora: Brett Hundley will be a second-round NFL draft pick

UCLA head coach Jim Mora thinks that Brett Hundley will be a second-round pick in this week’s NFL draft, and also has a few destinations in mind for his former quarterback.

On the Rich Eisen Show, Mora said that Hundley — who started 40 games for the Bruins and set numerous records — could be bound for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, or perhaps the St. Louis Rams.

“They all have quarterbacks that are a little bit up there in age, that are not yet ready to turn over the reins to somebody,” Mora said. “I think those would be perfect situations for Brett … Somewhere he can grow up like quarterbacks used to be able grow up.

“You sat behind a good player and you learned the system, you learned the game. And then, when you were handed the keys to the car, you were mentally prepared, you were physically prepared, emotionally prepared. I would love to see that for Brett. I think that would provide him the best avenue for long-term success in the NFL.”

  • Oz

    Perfect answer.

  • Laker Rod

    2nd round pick? As I was saying before. Too many UCLA players and coaches leave the program too early to seek little reward prior to accomplishing anything.

    If he goes in the first round…fine. You deserve to move on. If you’ve won a championship…and you’re only a 2nd rounder…that’s still okay by me.

    If you’ve yet to win a championship and not a first rounder…sorry…should stay.

    • drakejr

      I think it’s a 50/50 call here. There is no guarantee he will move up. In fact, it is unlikely he would benefit in the draft by staying another year. But he could easily do worse.

      • ProbationU

        Brett Hundley graduated from UCLA in 4 years. If he feels that he will improve more quickly by focusing on football 24/7, then that move makes sense. If he had not graduated, then I would agree with Laker Rod about staying another year to get his diploma. Since he did graduate, then like all other graduates it is time to start your new profession.

      • Laker Rod

        Would UCLA do better with Hundley as the 2015 QB? I think that’s a definite yes. This can only translate to Hundley being a high draft pick.

        Anthony Barr stayed. It worked out for him. Kendricks stayed. It will work out for him. UCLA needs more guys like them. We don’t need 5 star type Ellis McCarthy’s. Dude’s crazy for leaving so early. He should have redshirted his first year also. So many stupid Bruin fans proclaiming McCarthy would start over Datone Jones. Sad.

        Same dumb folks who proclaimed Eddie Vanderdoes would beat out Cassius Marsh in 2013.