UCLA football links: Bruins host scouts at Pro Day

UCLA tight end and fullback Nate Iese runs an agility drill in front of NFL scouts during UCLA’s pro day for NFL draft prospects in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

For the 12 UCLA seniors who didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine, Tuesday’s Pro Day was the biggest job interview of their lives.

“This is their Combine,” head coach Jim Mora said.

UCLA hosted its annual Pro Day on Tuesday, welcoming scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams, as 17 outgoing seniors worked out to improve their draft stocks. Former UCLA running back Jordan James and punter Matt Mengal also participated in the workout.

Wide receiver Kenneth Walker III had a good day, showing off his impressive speed (some scouts clocked his 40-yard dash in the 4.2-second range) and make a number of good catches in rainy conditions. Despite slipping a few times on the slick turf, linebacker Cameron Judge was approached by an Atlanta Falcon scout after the linebackers drills and was commended on his performance. Judge was also thrilled with his 40-yard dash time that was clocked in the low 4.5-second range.

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  • Ed Garrett

    Ucla should be focusing on basketball and not this football field day silliness. There are a couple big games this weekend but it seems like they are getting easily distracted.

    • MPPBruin

      Ideally we’ll be deep in the tournament and having NFL drafted players every year. You can’t prioritize one over the other.

      • Coach Thom

        Agree. Our Pro Day is a monster opportunity for our players to impress the scouts. Good luck to the players who have given so much to our program over the years. And all the best to our BB team against Kentucky!

  • MPPBruin

    I hope Nate Iese gets some good looks from scouts. The guy is a great athlete and I wish he had been featured more in our playcalling.

  • j metaphor

    Overtime…. It’s basketball season.

    • gotroy22

      Now it’s Spring Football Season!

  • Sas

    As for the top 25 Pac12 players. Not a very good year for Pac12 defensive backs.