Ayers bolsters draft stock at UCLA pro day

UCLA hosted its pro day on March 29, giving 11 Bruins a major chance to sell their abilities ahead of the NFL Draft.

Eleven players worked out in front of representatives from 28 teams, including Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson. The event was held outdoors on grass.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers did nothing to hurt his status as an early-round talent, delivering a strong workout. Ayers (6-2 1/2, 259) posted times of 4.74 and 4.73 in the 40, had a 34 1/2 inch vertical leap, 9-5 broad jump, 7.19 3-cone drill, and did 22 strength lifts.

Ayers was already on the cusp of the first round, and he may have gotten himself into the 25th-pick range after his pro day.

Another player who helped himself was Rahim Moore. Likely the first safety to be drafted, Moore (5-11 5/8, 206) ran a 4.15 short shuttle and did 15 strength lifts. He kept the rest of his combine numbers. It’s conceivable that Moore could go off the board early in the second round.

Other standouts at UCLA included:

Kai Forbath, PK – Forbath (5-11, 197) attended the combine and thrived in positional workouts at pro day.

David Carter, DL – Carter (6-4 3/8, 293) posted 40 times of 5.04 and 5.02, had a 28 1/2 inch vertical leap, 9-3 broad jump, 4.68 short shuttle, 7.65 3-cone drill, and did 25 strength lifts. He’s a likely sixth- or seventh-round pick.

Christian Yount, LS – Yount (6-0 1/8, 258) posted 20 strength lifts. He’s likely to be a priority free agent.

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