Where will the UCLA Bruins go in the 2015 NFL draft?

Former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley attends spring football practice at Spaulding Field on April 2, 2015. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

Former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley attends spring football practice at Spaulding Field on April 2, 2015. (Andy Holzman/Staff)

UCLA hasn’t produced three straight first-round picks since 1994-96, when Jamir Miller, J.J. Stokes and Jonathan Ogden all became top-10 selections.

The Bruins could finally match that streak again today. The NFL Draft starts at 5 p.m., and both linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa have a chance to be picked. (There’s a bit of buzz linking Kendricks to the Arizona Cardinals, but late-developing draft news could always be a smokescreen.) UCLA hasn’t produced two first-rounders in the same draft since 1981, Freeman McNeil and Kenny Easley went third and fourth overall.

Worth reading on Odighizuwa is this story from Tania Ganguli at ESPN: Owa’s mother, Abieyuwa, helped hold the family together in the wake of his father killing three people in a shooting at the Appalachian School of Law.

In today’s paper, I covered Brett Hundley being set to become the first UCLA quarterback drafted since Cade McNown in 1999, although that’s more likely happen tomorrow. Here are quick draft bios for the Bruins as well.

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Jim Mora: UCLA could use multiple quarterbacks for three games

For a moment, he teetered on the verge of divulging some real information.

Asked today if there’s a timeline on UCLA’s quarterback competition, head coach Jim Mora said: “Well, you know, the sooner the better, once we get to fall camp.”

After insisting for the past few weeks that no one will no the starter until the season-opening kickoff against Virginia, that felt for a moment like a softened stance.

Then he remembered that he was doing a conference call in late April, and that telling anyone whether the Bruins will start Josh Rosen or Jerry Neuheisel or Asiantii Woulard or Mike Fafaul serves the Bruins themselves little purpose.

“But it’s not something that we’re going to push,” Mora continued. “We want it to just happen the way it’s supposed to happen. Heck, we might go three games and not know who our starter is. … We might give each of them a quarter in each game. We don’t know yet.”

Welcome to the offseason.

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UCLA spring camp 2015 roundup

UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone, center, grappling with what he's seeing in the Bruins' Spring Showcase on April 24, 2015. (Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone, center, grappling with what he’s seeing in the Bruins’ Spring Showcase at the Rose Bowl on April 24, 2015.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

In today’s edition of Los Angeles News Group papers, I covered a few of the things we did and didn’t learn about the UCLA football team through 15 spring practices.

If you missed anything else that happened this month, here’s a recap.

» Storylines
Those who know Bill Roth say UCLA couldn’t have gotten a better play-by-play announcer
— UCLA ends spring without naming a starting quarterback, but Josh Rosen looks like the frontrunner
— Spring Showcase gives fans a glimpse at the Bruins’ new faces
— After enrolling early, Josh Rosen is adjusting quickly to life at UCLA
Deon Hollins is aiming to be UCLA’s next great linebacker Continue reading

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UCLA’s 2015 road opener at UNLV set for 7:30 p.m. kickoff

The details of UCLA’s 2015 schedule are starting to get ironed out.

The Bruins now have their first kickoff time of the season set, with their Sept. 12 road opener at UNLV getting a 7:30 p.m. start on CBS Sports Networks. Not sure what the over-under is on the number of people who pass out before reaching the stadium.

No other kickoff times have yet been announced.

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Q&A: Post-spring camp edition — 4/26/15 Answers

Q: Does UCLA “look” the part of a top-10, top-15 preseason team even with a new QB? Outside of the two-deep on the defensive line and QB, this appears to be the deepest and most experienced Bruin team in recent memory and certainly under Jim Mora’s regime.

A: I’d put them in the preseason top 15 without much hesitation. There just aren’t a lot of other good teams in the country that lost as little as UCLA did through the offseason, and the quarterback situation looked promising enough through spring.

Q: If the competition between Josh Rosen and Asiantii Woulard is close, do you think that they’d give the nod to Woulard with the intention of redshirting Rosen and giving him another year to develop? Considering that we could burn his redshirt at anytime and we have yet to see Woulard in actual game action, I think this is the best course of action. Your thoughts?

A: If it’s close, at least trying Woulard out in the first game could be a good option for the reasons that you mentioned. But until Woulard came on through the second half of spring, the competition didn’t look that close.

Q: Considering all the talent UCLA has returning on offense, it would seem like a good idea to go with the game manager/safe bet at which would be Jerry Neuheisel? Redshirt Rosen? Would Asiantii Woulard transfer if he doesn’t win the starting job?

A: I don’t think starting Jerry Neuheisel full-time is a good option, even with all the experience UCLA has on offense. While he’s very comfortable with the offensive scheme, his lack of arm strength would severely limit the team if opponents can scout that look through the course of the season. Continue reading

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