Jaelan Phillips, Darnay Holmes after practice April 27

Defensive end Jaelan Phillips talks about how the depth at defensive line makes him better, whether he’s eyeing Takkarist McKinley‘s open position and why he had to cut his hair.

Defensive back Darnay Holmes talks about adopting the right mindset for college, who has taken him under his wing and what advice defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin has given him.

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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.

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Women’s golf wins Pac-12 title

The UCLA women’s golf team claimed its first conference title since 2006 on Wednesday by blowing out the competition at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.

Led by sophomore Lilia Vu, who took medalist honors, the Bruins beat second-place Colorado by 21 strokes, finishing at 2-under 862. Vu became the first Bruin to ever win four consecutive tournaments and the fifth to win the conference championship as she finished with a three-round total of 7-under 209.

UCLA freshman Mariel Galdiano was the only other player to finish under par as she took second place at 1-under 215.

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