Best NFL breeze picks of a century: Top selections from UCLA


Who are a best breeze picks of a century from a many distinguished programs in college football? College Football 24/7 set out to answer this doubt by ranking a tip breeze picks given 2000 from a 30 schools that have constructed a many picks given that year.

Players were ranked by a regulation in that they perceived points for honors they’ve acquired in their NFL career, including being comparison to a Pro Bowl (including as damage replacements) and being comparison first-team All-Pro. Players were also rewarded relations to where in a breeze they were selected. First-round picks benefited slightest given a clever career would be expected; seventh-round picks benefited most. In some cases, a reward for longevity or superb play was granted. See a full regulation next a list of tip picks.


UCLA has constructed 56 breeze choices given 2000, tied for 25th many among all schools. The Jacksonville Jaguars comparison dual of a Bruins’ tip 5 picks in that time, led by NFL Network researcher Maurice Jones-Drew. Jacksonville, in fact, incited to a Bruins for both of a initial dual selections in 2006 (Marcedes Lewis, Jones-Drew). The Bruins have infused a lot of immature defensive talent into a pro ranks in new years (Myles Jack, Kenny Clark, Eric Kendricks), nonetheless nothing of them have reached a Pro Bowl or differently warranted regulation points. Four some-more Bruins will be defensive rookies this fall, including Atlanta Falcons first-round collect Takkarist McKinley.

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Best picks of a century from UCLA

1. Maurice Jones-Drew, using back
Points: 9.6
Drafted by: Jaguars, No. 60 altogether collect (Round 2), 2006
Skinny: Jones-Drew’s tallness (5-foot-7) was among a scouting concerns about him entering a 2006 draft, and he was a sixth using behind comparison that year. But his tallness didn’t forestall him from aggregation over 13,000 career all-purpose yards. He common carries with Fred Taylor over a initial 3 years of his career, and Jones-Drew was really effective as half of a backfield duo. Once he took over as a full-time starter in 2009, he ripped off 3 uninterrupted Pro Bowl seasons and led a NFL with 1,606 rushing yards in 2011. He played 8 of his 9 NFL seasons in Jacksonville, finishing in Oakland in 2014. He’s now an NFL Network analyst.

2. Anthony Barr, linebacker
Points: 4.4
Drafted by: Vikings, No. 9 altogether collect (Round 1), 2014
Skinny: Barr was a top-10 collect and a second linebacker drafted in 2014, after a Raiders’ Khalil Mack, notwithstanding a miss of knowledge during a position (he played on offense his initial dual years during UCLA). Barr has reached a Pro Bowl in dual of his initial 3 NFL seasons, despite as a deputy actor both times. He started each diversion for Minnesota for a initial time in his career final season, and a Vikings exercised a fifth-year option on his agreement final month. Still, his play took something of a step back in 2016, and manager Mike Zimmer pronounced in Dec that Barr “has a bent to coast.”

3. Alterraun Verner, cornerback
Points: 1.4
Drafted by: Titans, No. 104 altogether collect (Round 4), 2010
Skinny: One of 3 defensive backs drafted by a Titans in 2010, Verner had a longest career of a contingent (Robert Johnson, Myron Rolle). He played his initial 4 years in Tennessee before signing a four-year agreement with Tampa Bay. In 2013, his final year with a Titans, he set career highs in interceptions (five) and passes defensed (22), earning a Pro Bowl invitation. He was released by a Buccaneers progressing this year.

4. Marcedes Lewis, parsimonious end
Points: 1.1
Drafted by: Jaguars, No. 28 altogether collect (Round 1), 2006
Skinny: Lewis never grown into a descent arms that is approaching of a first-round pick, though a Jaguars have favourite him adequate to keep him for 11 seasons and counting, including a 2011 authorization tab and nonetheless another agreement prolongation sealed final year. Lewis had his best year in 2010, earning Pro Bowl honors after throwing 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 TDs.

5. Matthew Slater, far-reaching receiver
Points: 1.0
Drafted by: Patriots, No. 158 altogether collect (Round 5), 2008
Skinny: New England traded adult with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers to name Slater, who was a special-teams ace with a Bruins, and he’s been a special-teams ace in a NFL, as well. The son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, Matthew done 6 uninterrupted Pro Bowls and was comparison first-team All-Pro final year. He’s also been a Patriots’ special-teams captain for many of his career.

Honorable mention: DL Kenyon Coleman, LB Akeem Ayers.


Total series of picks from UCLA given 2000: 58

2017 breeze picks from UCLA (5): DE Takkarist McKinley, Falcons (Round 1, No. 26 overall); CB Fabian Moreau, Redskins (Round 3, No. 81 overall); DT Eddie Vanderdoes, Raiders (Round 3, No. 88 overall); LB Jayon Brown, Titans (Round 5, No. 155 overall); OT Conor McDermott, Patriots (Round 6, No. 211 overall).

The Formula: MVP (7 points), Offensive/Defensive Player of a Year (6 points), first-team All-Pro preference (5 points), Offensive/Defensive Rookie of a Year (4 points), Pro Bowl preference within initial dual years of career (3 points), other Pro Bowl selections (1 point).

Draft multiplier: Total points for first-round picks x 1.1; second-round picks x 1.2; third-round picks x 1.3; fourth-round picks x 1.4; fifth-round picks x 1.5; sixth-round picks x 1.6; seventh-round picks x 1.7.

Tiebreaker: Ranking corner to lower-drafted actor within same round.

Specialists and fullbacks: For players respected essentially as specialists or fullbacks, their sum points were devalued. Kickers and punters were not enclosed in this exercise.

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