Head coach Jim Mora talked about UCLA’s first spring practice, what it’s like to have Josh Rosen and Mique Juarez back, and what he envisions for Jedd Fisch‘s offense.
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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- Josh Rosen (No. 4) and Scott Quessenberry (No. 18) are on Athlon’s early list for the top 25 players in the Pac-12.
- Jaelan Phillips dropped by the UCLA gymnastics gym and showed off his gymnastics skills
- Video interviews from Pro Day
Head coach Jim Mora talks about UCLA’s Pro Day, including where Eddie Vanderodes, Kenny Walker and Ishmael Adams might find success at the next level.
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Bruin Report Online’s Tracy Pierson spoke with UCLA head coach Jim Mora in the coach’s office about variety of topics, including the upcoming Under Armour contract, the impact of the new Wasserman Football Center and the revamped coaching staff.
He reaffirmed that given the opportunity, he “never wants to leave” UCLA. He had similar comments in January when he spoke to the media soon after hiring offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.
Mora also accepted “all the blame” for last year’s offensive failure, saying that he “miscalculated,” especially how the scheme fit the personnel. He added that he did a “poor job” of executing the vision he had for the offense.
- Former UCLA linebacker Jayon Brown talks to Football Gameplan about his prep for the NFL Combine
- Pro Football Focus writes that Brown could be a good fit for the Detroit Lions
- Sports Illustrated ranks Takkarist McKinley at No. 22 in its latest top-50 prospect board
- McKinley is 27th in Sporting News’ top-100 list while Fabian Moreau is 75th
UCLA made major moves in the month of January to make up for its slow start to the recruiting cycle to end up with the third-best class in the Pac-12, but the haul is the worst in the Jim Mora era, according to rankings from Scout and Rivals.