Final tally: Eight Bruins picked in NFL Draft

Here’s the final list of UCLA players who who picked in the NFL Draft this weekend. Eight is a UCLA record since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994 and most for the program since 1988.

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Devin Fuller is eighth Bruin taken in NFL Draft, heading to Atlanta

Former UCLA receiver Devin Fuller. Photo by Wily Low // AP

Former UCLA receiver Devin Fuller. Photo by Wily Low // AP

Former UCLA wide receiver Devin Fuller was drafted as the 17th pick in the seventh round (238th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. The speedy receiver had 24 catches for 259 yards last season with three touchdowns. He also handled punt and kick return duties, averaging 11.8 yards on punt returns and 24.4 yards on kick returns.

He was the third Bruins picked in the seventh round (after linebacker Aaron Wallace and tight end Thomas Duarte) and the eighth UCLA player selected overall. It is already the largest draft class from UCLA ever since the draft went to a seven-round format. It’s also the most since 1988 when the Bruins had 10 players taken.

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Dolphins pick UCLA TE Thomas Duarte in seventh round

Former UCLA receiver/tight end Thomas Duarte. Photo by Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star News

Former UCLA receiver/tight end Thomas Duarte. Photo by Keith Birmingham // Pasadena Star News

Tight end Thomas Duarte went to Miami Dolphins as the 10th pick in the seventh round.

The 6-foot-2, 231-pound tight end led the Bruins in touchdown receptions last year with 10. He had 53 catches for 872 yards (both were second on the team). Duarte was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection during his junior year, after which he left school early to declare for the draft.

Duarte fell to the seventh round after being projected as more of a fourth-to-sixth-round pick.

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Tennessee Titans select Aaron Wallace in seventh round

Former UCLA linebacker Aaron Wallace (right). (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Former UCLA linebacker Aaron Wallace (right). (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Former UCLA linebacker Aaron Wallace was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the first pick in the seventh round (222nd overall).

He had 65 total tackles last season for the Bruins and led the team in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (7.0).

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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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