Former UCLA Bruin Jordan Payton hosts free football camp

Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton hosted his first-ever youth football camp this past weekend at his alma mater Oaks Christian High School. The Jordan Payton Youth Football Camp was a free football camp hosted by the recent NFL Draft pick. Payton, who went in the fifth round to the Cleveland Browns, invited several of his former UCLA teammates to help at the camp, including quarterback Josh Rosen and fellow receiver Eldridge Massington.

Here are some photos of the camp. All photos by Jeff Lewis Photography.

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Jordan Payton heading to Cleveland Browns

UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton (9) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oregon in the second half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Oregon won 42-30. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton (9) catches a pass for a touchdown against Oregon in the second half of a NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Oregon won 42-30.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

After graduating as UCLA’s leading receiver, Jordan Payton was selected with the 15th pick in the fifth round by the Cleveland Browns.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Payton had 201 catches during his UCLA career and was the first receiver to reach the 200 mark.

He was the third former Bruin to be selected in a stretch of seven picks in the fifth round, joining offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch and Paul Perkins. Benenoch and Perkins went back-to-back as the ninth and 10th picks, respectively, in the round.

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UCLA Pro Day: Linebacker Myles Jack is ‘capable of greatness’

Here’s a roundup from today’s UCLA Pro Day, starting with the two stories set to run in tomorrow’s LANG newspapers …

» Myles Jack wasn’t at 100 percent on Tuesday, but Jim Mora said the linebacker is “capable of greatness.”
» Mora said he could envision 11 Bruins being drafted, which would nearly double UCLA’s record in the seven-round draft era.

And video interviews from …

LB/RB/DB Myles Jack:

Defensive tackle Kenny Clark:

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PHOTOS: UCLA Pro Day showcases Bruins for NFL Draft

Myles Jack said he was operating at around “80 percent” during UCLA Pro Day on March 15. The UCLA linebacker had declared for the NFL draft shortly after tearing his meniscus in September. (Thomas Cordova/Staff)

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UCLA sends nine players to 2016 NFL Scouting Combine

Linebacker Myles Jack (30) is one of nine former UCLA players who will participate in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in late February. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Linebacker Myles Jack (30) is one of nine former UCLA players who will participate in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in late February. (Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Nine former UCLA football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, by far the largest total of Jim Mora’s four-year tenure.

Linebacker Myles Jack, a likely first-round draft pick, leads a group that also includes: defensive tackle Kenny Clark; kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn; running back Paul Perkins; receivers Jordan Payton and Thomas Duarte; and offensive linemen Jake Brendel, Caleb Benenoch and Alex Redmond. Ohio State and Notre Dame are the only college teams with more players set to appear at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, with 14 and 10, respectively.

Defending national champion Alabama will also send nine players to the Feb. 23-29 event.

UCLA had five participants in each of the last two NFL combines, and six in 2013. Only one Bruin, tight end Cory Harkey, was invited to the 2012 combine.

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