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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Paul Perkins drafted by New York Giants

UCLA running back Paul Perkins (24) runs for yardage against Southern California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA running back Paul Perkins (24) runs for yardage against Southern California during the first half of an NCAA college football game in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

One pick after a former teammate realized his NFL dream, former UCLA running back Paul Perkins was drafted by the New York Giants with the 10th pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

In 2014, Perkins led the Pac-12 in rushing as a redshirt sophomore with 1,575 yards, becoming the first Bruin to win the conference rushing title since DeShaun Foster did so in 2001. Perkins is third on UCLA’s all-time rushing list with 3,491 yards and leads the school in receptions from the running back position (80).

Former UCLA offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch was drafted by Tampa Bay with the ninth pick in the fifth round.

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Caleb Benenoch goes to Tampa Bay

Former UCLA offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Former UCLA offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch. Photo by Michael Owen Baker

Offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the ninth pick in the fifth round Saturday. The junior ended his UCLA career with 35 consecutive starts. He started every game of the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

In advance of the draft, UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm said he was hearing reports that Benenoch could go as high as the second round, but most projections had the 6-foot-5, 311-pound tackle going in or after the third round.

Benenoch is the first UCLA offensive tackle taken in the NFL Draft since 1999 when Kris Farris went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round (74th pick overall).

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