Football links: Former UCLA Bruins await NFL Draft fate

Several former UCLA players are hoping to hear their names called at the NFL Draft this weekend, including, clockwise from top left: Takkarist McKinley, Fabian Moreau, Jayon Brown, Eddie Vanderdoes and Conor McDermott. (Photos by Thomas R. Cordova/SCNG; Jae C. Hong/AP; Sam Craft/AP; Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; John McCoy/SCNG)

UCLA has another chance at a first-round draft pick and the Bruins are hoping that it will end better this year than last.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley will be in the green room Thursday for the first round of the NFL Draft in Philadelphia, which starts at 5 p.m. PT and is televised on ESPN and NFL Network. McKinley will be joined by UCLA head coach Jim Mora and defensive line coach Angus McClure as he awaits his NFL fate.

Mora said seeing the culmination of McKinley’s dream is “going to be awesome,” but he also recognized the unpredictability of the NFL Draft. Only a year ago, the coach was with former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack when Jack slipped all the way to the second round after being projected as a sure-fire first-rounder.

“The draft though, it’s a beast,” Mora said. “You don’t have any idea. It’s a crap shoot, you don’t have any idea where you’re going to get picked. Hopefully it works out for Takk.”

McKinley is not the only hopeful Bruin this weekend. Cornerback Fabian Moreau is expected to be a high second-day pick, likely going in the second round. Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes, offensive lineman Conor McDermott and linebacker Jayon Brown are likely third-day guys.

The second day of the draft (the second and third rounds) starts at 4 p.m. PT on Friday and the event wraps up Saturday with the fourth through seventh rounds, starting at 9 a.m. PT.

Here are links to prepare for the NFL Draft:

  • Pete

    Can Clay Helton and his staff recruit or what!
    As of right now we have the #2 Qb in the country ,and #1 in the West
    The #1 OLB linebacker in the country
    The # 4 OLB in the country ,and #2 in the west
    The #5 OLB in the country ,
    The #5 DT in the country ,and #1 in the West…Fight On!

    • Richard

      no entrance requirements, no going to class, no drug policy, cheat, lie & booze it up.

      The most disciplined CFB program in the history of the sport

      # “Fight ‘F’g’ hiccup hiccup on”

      • Pete

        Look up Ismael Adams. He loves the uber drivers. Or Cade Mcnown. He can get a anyone a handicap card. For a small fee….Fight On…If you can!

        • Richard

          that’s 3 MINOR examples.
          I can cite u 1000s of MAJORS for sc !!
          THOUSANDS

          Your most famous alum, the person everyone thinks about when they think about “sc” is a

          MASS MURDERER

          • Pete

            Try and give me 100. I bet you don’t even try. If your talking about OJ? Was he found guilty. Take your best shot!

          • 88 Straight

            Yes, he was. He’s in jail right now.

          • Pete

            Who was the mass murderer?

          • 88 Straight

            Actually Pete, that was Richard going to 100. Pay attention! LOL