Kenny Clark gets drafted by Green Bay Packers 27th overall

Kenny Clark (far right) was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Kenny Clark (far right) was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Photo by Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star-News

In one of many twists in Thursday’s NFL Draft, the first UCLA Bruin off the board was not linebacker Myles Jack. As Jack sat in the green room in Chicago, he heard former teammate Kenny Clark‘s name called as the 27th pick overall by the Green Bay Packers.

Pete Marshall was on hand in Highland for Clark’s draft party — read his story here.

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Preview: UCLA in the NFL Draft

Photos by Keith Birmingham (Pasadena Star-News) and SCNG file

Myles Jack (top left), Caleb Benenoch (top right), Kenny Clark (bottom left) and Jordan Payton (bottom right) are some of UCLA’s NFL Draft prospects this year. Photos by Keith Birmingham (Pasadena Star-News) and SCNG file

 

Some links in advance of the NFL Draft, which starts Thursday at 5 p.m.:

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Ishmael Adams likely to stay at receiver

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Ishmael Adams made a transition to receiver from cornerback during the spring. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

On Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches conference call, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said Ishmael Adams could be staying at receiver for the long haul after a stellar spring camp.

“Nothing is ever off the table, but it’s not something we’re looking at at this time,” Mora said of putting Adams back on defense. “Ish looks like he’s going to be such a threat offensively, you don’t want to overload him.”

Mora added that Adams could move back “if needed” as the team searches for ways to always get its best players on the field.

Mora praised Adams’ development as a route runner, calling the cornerback-turned-receiver a “gym rat” who studies film with receivers coach Eric Yarber constantly.

“He really developed as a route runner,” Mora said. “It’s not easy. It’s an art. There’s an art to running routes and it was real exciting to see the development he made as a route runner.”

Quarterback Josh Rosen and receiver Eldridge Massington both voiced their support of Adams’ move to offense, with the quarterback saying he definitely wants to keep Adams on offense and that his newest receiver “isn’t going anywhere.”

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UCLA weekend wrap up: men’s tennis wins Pac-12 team tournament

Here are some highlights from around UCLA athletics from the weekend:

  • Men’s tennis won the Pac-12 team championship at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Cal in the final. The Bruins, who also won the regular-season conference title, are on a 15-match winning streak, stretching back to Feb. 14.


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UCLA spring practice standouts

Spring standouts for UCLA include Takkarist McKinley (top left) and Kenny Walker (far right). Photos by Brad Graverson and Thomas R. Cordova, Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram

Spring standouts for UCLA include Takkarist McKinley (top left) and Kenny Walker (far right). Photos by Brad Graverson, Thomas R. Cordova and Michael Owen Baker (Daily Breeze/Press-Telegram)

Spring camp is over and while we wait for the Bruins to resurface in San Bernardino, we’ll get to breaking down what happened over the past month of practice.

First, here are three things we learned and three things we’re left wondering about after 15 practices.

Second, if you missed any coverage from spring, you can find links to all the blog/Daily News stories in the week 4 wrap up.

Now finally, here are some players who stood out during spring and you should look out for when fall camp rolls around:

OFFENSE

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Receiver Kenny Walker

I distinctly remember my first time watching Walker. It was last year’s season opener in the Rose Bowl when he dropped Josh Rosen’s flawless first-career passing attempt. It was a pretty big let-down.

Walker said he has worked tirelessly to change his perception as a fast receiver who can’t catch, and it showed during spring. He had some of the best plays of the day during the Spring Showcase, including a great over-the-shoulder catch near the sideline during seven-on-sevens. Continue reading

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