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Jeff Baca: 5 Things You Need to Know About the UCLA Guard

Paul ThelenContributor IIJanuary 5, 2017

Jeff Baca: 5 Things You Need to Know About the UCLA Guard

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    After a strong career at UCLA, Jeff Baca is looking to continue playing football in the NFL.

    Baca saw plenty of playing time at UCLA as the guard started 45 games over his four-year career.

    As a pro prospect, Baca won't be drafted high because of his physical limitations, specifically his lack of strength. Instead, look for Baca to come off the board as a mid-round pick, possibly as early as the third round.

    Now, here are five things you need to know about Jeff Baca.

Background

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    Full Name: Jeff Baca  

    Birthday: 1/10/1990

    Hometown: Mission Viejo, Calif.

    High School: Mission Viejo

    Major: Political Science 

    Year: Senior

    Baca stayed close to home by attending college at UCLA, as his hometown of Mission Viejo is only 60 miles south of the UCLA campus. 

Statistics

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    Starts at guard: 25

    Starts at tackle: 20

    2012 Second Team All-Pac 12

    Baca missed all of 2010 because of academic ineligibility. Besides that misstep, Baca had a very productive career at UCLA, as evident by his large number of starts.

Draft Process

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    Measurables


    Height: 6'3" 

    Weight: 302

    Arm Length: 34.25" 

    Hand Size: 9.75"
     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 5.03

    3 Cone Drill: 7.26 

    Vertical jump: 26.5

    20 yard-shuffle: 4.44

     
    Baca had a strong combine overall, as his 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuffle were the best times recorded by offensive lineman at the combine. Great shuffle speed is certainly applicable for a guard in the NFL, which will help Baca's stock.  

Interesting Facts

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    Attending UCLA was a life-long dream for Baca, who used to attend Bruins games with his father growing up. He was so eager to play for UCLA that he accepted a scholarship the day it was offered.

    Despite missing the 2010 season for academic reasons, Baca recovered by making the honor roll three times. In high school, Baca was a multi-sport athlete, earning a spot in the state championship track meet for shot put. 

Observations

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    Baca had a very productive collegiate career at UCLA. With 45 career starts, it is difficult to find a more experienced guard in this year's class.

    He compensates his lack of power with technique. Evident by his combine performance, Baca has quick feet and is a solid athlete for his position.

    Baca could hear his name called anytime after the second round but will most likely get drafted in the fourth of fifth round. 

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