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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UCLA Pro Day: Jayon Brown, Eddie Vanderdoes, Takkarist McKinley

Linebacker Jayon Brown talks about UCLA’s Pro Day and improving on his 40-yard dash.

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes talks about dropping nearly 40 pounds since last summer, his health and his path to the NFL.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley talks about his recent shoulder surgery, watching Pro Day from the sideline and getting ready for the NFL Draft.

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UCLA lands second 2018 commit, Bishop Amat DL Aaron Maldonado

Bishop Amat defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado announced his verbal commitment to UCLA on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound prospect was the Mission League Defensive MVP as a junior last year. He also had offers from Hawai’i, Cal, BYU and Boise State and is a three-star recruit, according to Scout.com.

Maldonado is UCLA’s second commitment for the 2018 class, joining safety Jhevon Hill.

The defensive lineman’s junior-year highlights:

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UCLA adds transfer TE Devin Asiasi

UCLA announced the addition of former Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi to the roster Thursday, reuniting the De La Salle product with former high school teammate Boss Tagaloa and former Wolverine assistants Jedd Fisch and Jimmie Dougherty.

Asiasi was a four-star tight end coming out of high school and nearly chose UCLA, but went to Michigan. With the Wolverines, he played in all 13 games as a true freshman but caught only two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound sophomore will have to sit out a year due to transfer rules. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Asiasi would be transferring from Ann Arbor in February, the coach told M Live that the tight end left in “great status. He was doing great in school, doing great in football.”

UCLA has a host of tight ends on its roster, including Austin Roberts and Caleb Wilson, who are returning with playing experience last year. The Bruins signed Jimmy Jaggers and Moses Robinson-Carr in their 2017 recruiting class and will bring Jordan Wilson off his redshirt year.

During the past two years at Michigan, where Fisch was the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach, the Wolverines relied heavily on the tight end position. Jake Butt won the Big Ten’s Tight End of the Year in back-to-back seasons.

UCLA starts spring practice in one month where the new offensive coaching staff will unveil their plans to reinvigorate the Bruin attack.

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