UCLA has had some great players that have come into the NFL either by being drafted or by being signed as a free agent. This slide show will examine the best of the best that have come into the NFL.
There of course will be some surprises, there will be players that are big names, and others who weren't so big but made an impact. The slide show will start from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side and will include all positions.
Jonathan Ogden is one of the most decorated tackles in NFL history. At 6'9" 340 pounds he was a perfect fit at left tackle and he's enjoyed great success in the NFL.
He's been to 11 Pro Bowls and been selected as a All-Pro four times. He's been in 177 games and started 176 of those games. What's more impressive in his 12 year career he missed only 15 games.
Ogden was the fourth pick in the draft.
Duval Love turned in to a solid left guard in the NFL. He made a name for himself with the Steelers where he made his only Pro Bowl trip and that was in 1994.
He appeared in 167 games and started 121 of those games. Not bad for a 10th-round selection taken 274th overall.
Dave Dalby was a solid center for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders team. Dalby played for 14 seasons in the NFL. He appeared in 201 games and started 121 games for his career.
He did make one Pro Bowl and that was in 1977. He's also appeared in 23 playoff games and that ranks eighth all-time in NFL history.
Dalby was taken in the fourth round as the 100th pick in the draft.
Max Montoya enjoyed an impressive NFL career. He played in 16 seasons in the league for the Bengals and Raiders. Montoya played in 223 games and started 203 of those games.
He also made the Pro Bowl four times once in 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1993. He was selected in the seventh round as the 168th pick in the draft.
Irv Eatman enjoyed a solid NFL career at right tackle he played on four different teams the Chiefs, Jets, Rams, and Oilers. He never made a Pro Bowl team.
In his 10 year career Eatman appeared in 149 games and started 118 of those games. He was drafted in the 8th round as the 204th pick.
Mercedes Lewis has started to pull himself away as the best center to come into the NFL from UCLA. He's entering into his fourth season in the league.
So far for Lewis's career he's caught 91 passes for 1006 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 11.1 yards per catch.
He was the 28th overall pick in the draft.
As a 49er fan it's hard to write about Troy Aikman, but he was the best quarterback to come out of UCLA. For his career Aikman was one of the elite quarterbacks of his time.
He won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, went to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1991-1996, and won the 1992 Superbowl Most Valuable Player Award.
For his career Aikman played in 165 games and he started all of them. He went 94-71 for his career. Aikman threw for 32,942 yards, completed 61.5 percent of his passes, threw 165 touchdowns and threw 141 interceptions.
He was the first overall pick and he is also a member of the NFL's Hall of Fame.
Wendell Tyler is the best running back that has come out of UCLA. He played 10 years in the NFL for two teams the Rams and the 49ers. Tyler went to one Pro Bowl and that was in 1984.
He played in 108 games and started 83 of those games. For his career Tyler carried the ball 1344 times for 6378 yards, had 50 touchdowns, averaged 4.7 yards per carry, he also caught 202 passes for 1816 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
He was drafted in the third round as the 79th pick.
John Adams played in 64 games never starting a game, but he was a versatile player when he did get a chance to play. He played both the fullback position and as a Tight End.
For his career Adams had 41 career rushing attempts for 99 yards and 1 touchdown, he also caught 21 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns.
He was a fifth-round pick and drafted 57th overall.
Bert Emanuel 9 years in the NFL and turned himself in to a solid NFL receiver. He played in 103 games and started 87 of those games.
For his career Emanuel caught 351 passes for 4852 yards, 28 touchdowns, and averaged 13.8 yards per catch.
Emanuel was a second round selection number 45 overall.
Drew Bennett has become a solid NFL receiver. He is now entering his ninth season in the league and so far has appeared in 102 games and started 58 games.
For his career Bennett has caught 307 passes for 4412 yards, 28 touchdowns, and averages 14.4 yards per catch.
Bennett was signed as a free agent.
Wally Henry was a returner for the Eagles. He played six years in the NFL and spent a majority of his time returning punts and kicks. Henry will be making the list twice. He made 1 Pro Bowl appearance and that was in 1979.
For his career he returned 148 punts for 1231 yards, 1 touchdown, and averaged 8.3 yards per punt return.
He was signed as a free agent.
As a Kick Returner Henry was also solid. For his career he returned 87 kicks for 1950 yards with a long of 50, and he averaged 22.4 yards per return.
Maurice Jones-Drew has become the starting running back so he will more than likely not be returning very many kicks and soon he will surpass Wendell Tyler as the best running back out of UCLA.
Returning kicks so far for his career Jones-Drew has 75 returns for 1952 yards, 2 touchdowns, a long of 100 yards, and 26 yards per return.
Norm Johnson was a solid kicker and spent 18 seasons in the NFL. He made 2 Pro Bowls and he also has 1 All-Pro Selection.
For his career Johnson made 366 to his 477 attempts. That's a rate of 76.7 percent. He was also 638 for 644 on extra points which is 99.1 percent.
He was signed as a free agent.
Chris Kluwe will be entering his fifth season in the NFL. He is the best punter out of UCLA.
So far his career he's punted the all 318 times for 14,158 yards with a long of 70, has had only one punt blocked, a long of 70 yards, and an average of 44.5 yards per punt.
He was also signed as a free agent.
Manu Tuiasosopo was a solid defensive tackle in the league. He played in eight seasons and appeared in 119 games and started 94 of those games.
He has 9.5 career sacks, 1 interception, and 7 fumble recoveries.
Tuiasosopo was the 18th overall pick in the draft.
Travis Kirschke turned into a decent defensive end in the NFL. He wasn't a dominant end, but he has played in 11 seasons and is still playing.
Kirschke has played in 157 games but has only started 36 of those games. He has 12 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, and 136 tackles with 82 assists.
He was signed as a free agent.
Kenyon Coleman is now entering his 7th season in the league. He's another one of those rotating ends that comes in on passing downs. He's played in 89 games and started 34 of those games.
He has 8.5 sacks so far in his career, 3 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recoveries, 154 tackles with 51 assists, and 1 safety.
He was a 5th round selection and the 147th pick overall.
Marvcus Patton had a solid career in the NFL. He played 13 seasons in the NFL for three teams. He played for the Bills, Redskins, and Chiefs.
He appeared in 208 games and started 163 games. For his career he had 977 tackles with 211 assists, 27.5 sacks, 17 interceptions, 1 touchdown, 5 passes defended, 12 forced fumbles, and 12 fumble recoveries.
Patton was a eighth round selection number 208 overall.
Ken Norton Jr was a tremendous talent and he played for two teams for his career the Cowboys and the 49ers. He played 13 seasons and in 191 games while starting 188 of those games.
Norton Jr made 3 Pro Bowls once in 1993, 1995, and 1997 and he was also a 1 time All-Pro selection.
For his career he had 1130 tackles with 144 assists, 5 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 12 forced fumbles, and 13 fumble recoveries.
He was drafted in the 2nd round 41st overall.
Donnie Edwards has been an excellent linebacker throughout his entire career. He's played 13 seasons so far and made the Pro Bowl only one time and he's played in 197 games and started 180 of those games.
Edwards so far has 1133 tackles with 365 assists, 23.5 sacks, 28 interceptions, 4 touchdowns, 59 passes defended, 15 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries, and 2 touchdowns.
He was selected in the fourth round the 98th overall pick.
Roman Phifer was another outstanding linebacker out of UCLA that doesn't get a lot of attention. Phifer played 14 seasons in the NFL. He appeared in 213 games and started 178 of those games.
For his career Phifer had 897 tackles with 236 assists, 29 sacks, 11 interceptions, 12 passes defended, 10 forced fumbles, and 8 fumble recoveries.
He was a second round draft pick number 31 overall.
Jimmy Johnson was an outstanding corner in the league. He played 16 seasons all for the 49ers. He appeared in 213 games and started 199 of those games. He went to the Pro Bowl 5 times and a 4 time All-Pro selection.
For his career Johnson had 47 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 7 fumble recoveries, and 1 safety.
He was drafted by the 49ers as the sixth overall pick and also in the AFL draft in the fourth round as the 31st overall pick.
Carnell Lake was always another solid player in the secondary and he was an excellent tackler from the strong safety position. He played for 12 seasons in the NFL. He appeared in 185 games and started 171 of those.
He was a five-time Pro-Bowler and one All-Pro selection as well.
Lake for his career had 753 tackles with 66 assists, 25 sacks, 16 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, 1 pass defended, 15 forced fumbles, and 17 fumble recoveries.
He was selected in the second round the 34th overall.
Eric Turner was a solid player in the NFL. He played in nine seasons for two different teams the Browns/Ravens and the Raiders. He played in 109 games starting 105 of those games.
For his career he had 712 tackles, 3 sacks, 30 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, 2 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries, and 1 touchdown.
He was the second overall pick in the draft.
Kermit Alexander was another outstanding corner out of UCLA. He only made 1 Pro Bowl in his career. He played 11 seasons and played in 143 games and started 114 of those games.
For his career Alexander had 43 interceptions, 3 touchdowns, 28 fumble recoveries, and 1 touchdown.
He was drafted by the Denver Broncos of the AFL as the fifth pick overall and the 49ers also drafted him with the eighth pick in the NFL draft.