Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel did a great job helping run the pro day and providing information to scouts about the team’s prospects, but at this point he has his work cut out for him in Westwood. UCLA doesn’t have a large number of elite players entering the draft this year and one of Neuheisel’s aims will be to replenish his roster moving forward so that at future pro days there will be a number of first-round caliber players on hand to work out.
Part of the reason UCLA’s cupboard is somewhat bare this year is that two of its quarterbacks — one of which (Ben Olson) was one of the most highly recruited players in the country when he entered the program — missed last season due to injury. Olson, recovering from a broken foot, remains unable to work out, while the other quarterback, Patrick Cowan (6-foot-3 5/8, 230 pounds), is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee and only threw passes.
The two other notable prospects from UCLA Pro Day are as follows:
RB Kahlil Bell (5-11 1/8, 211 pounds) ran a 4.75 and 4.76 in the 40, had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot, 5-inch broad jump. He kept the rest of his numbers from the combine, but did position drills.
WR Marcus Everett (6-foot, 191 pounds) ran a 4.62 and 4.59 in the 40, had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump, a 4.28 short shuttle, a 7.38 three-cone drill and did 16 bench press reps.
— Gil Brandt