Representatives from 20 NFL teams — including a host of assistant/position coaches — were present for UCLA’s pro day Tuesday.
The workout was held outdoors on FieldTurf, with a slight breeze (but not enough to make a difference) at the backs of the players as they ran. Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia was on hand to throw passes to the receivers.
Anthony Barr, LB (6-foot-4 1/2, 247 pounds) — Barr ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 and 4.49 seconds. He had a 10-foot-5 broad jump and had 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Barr — whose arms measured 33 1/2 inches — looked great in the on-field workout for all the NFL linebackers coaches on hand in Westwood.
Shaq Evans, WR (6-1 1/8, 214) — Evans ran the 40 in 4.40 and 4.48 seconds. He did the short shuttle in 4.37 seconds and the three-cone in 7.04 seconds. He stood on the vertical and broad jump numbers posted at the NFL Scouting Combine. UCLA coach Jim Mora — who has had a lot of experience in the NFL — thinks that Evans is a very good wide receiver, recognizes how many quality wide receivers are in this year’s draft class, but thinks Evans will have a career in the NFL.
Cassius Marsh, DE (6-3 7/8, 252) — Marsh ran the 40 in 4.70 and 4.77 seconds. He had a 9-6 broad jump and performed 17 reps on the bench press. Marsh — who has 33-inch arms — had those attending UCLA’s pro day marvelling at his athleticism. He might be able to play outside linebacker in the NFL. He also worked out some at tight end, and that might be a possible position for him as well.
Xavier Su’a-Filo, G (6-3 7/8, 305) — Su’a-Filo ran the 40 in 4.97 and 5.07 seconds. He had a 26-inch vertical and 8-7 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.46 seconds and the three-cone in 7.93 seconds. He performed 26 strength lifts. Mora said that scouts told him that they felt Su’a-Filo is the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson came out in 2001.
Jordan Zumwalt, LB (6-4, 230) — Zumwalt ran the 40 in 4.74 and 4.79 seconds. He had a 4.68-second short shuttle and 7.26-second three-cone. Mora said that there is room on every team for players such as Zumwalt, who is a great competitor.
The following two players were not at the NFL Scouting Combine, but showed enough at UCLA’s pro day to be considered for priority free-agent pickups following the draft.
Brandon Sermons, DB (5-11 1/4, 181) — Sermons ran the 40 in 4.43 and 4.44 in the 40. He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-10 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.21 seconds and the three-cone in 7.19 seconds. He performed 16 strength lifts.
Damien Thigpen, RB (5-7 7/8, 180) — Thigpen ran the 40 in 4.43 and 4.47 seconds. He had a 29-inch vertical, 4.17-second short shuttle, 7.05-second three-cone and 16 bench press lifts.
NFL personnel in attendance at UCLA’s pro day said that they’ve never seen the positive atmosphere surrounding the football program like it is there now. That starts with Mora, who as a youngerster used to get posters of Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders. Mora took the time to sit with the NFL coaches and scouts present at UCLA’s pro day to discuss each of the prospects in-depth. He had a bunch of happy campers in Westwood.