UCLA Bruins Football: 3 Bruins with the Most to Prove at Pro Day
UCLA's pro day on March 11 will give the five combine participants another shot at impressing the scouts and raising their respective draft stocks.
The pro day will in all likelihood be tailored around the strengths of the five former Bruins (Anthony Barr, Jordan Zumwalt, Shaq Evans, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Cassius Marsh). The more relaxed atmosphere should in theory help the prospects improve on their results from Indianapolis.
Here's a look at three Bruins with the most to prove at the UCLA pro day.
Full combine results can be found at NFL.com.
Anthony Barr did have a solid display at the combine in Indianapolis.
He did nothing to dispute his likely top-10 status at the draft in May. However, he didn't exactly separate himself from fellow linebacker prospect Khalil Mack.
At the pro day, he could stand to improve on the 4.66 40 time he ran last weekend. Barr also could demonstrate his ability to move in space.
If anything, a solid pro day performance would cement his status as one of the top defenders in this draft. It could also help in jockeying with Mack for positioning within the top 10.
Shaq Evans didn't have a poor combine in Indianapolis by any means.
The receiver ran a very respectable 40 time (4.51 seconds) and did well in every other drill he participated in. Evans' stock likely will not change much from now until the draft in May.
He's a physical player, especially when it comes to blocking downfield. That specific attribute won't be showcased at the pro day.
However, an improvement in his 40 time and continued looks from scouts could get him drafted as high as the fifth round. Evans is likely sitting as a late-round pick during this stage of the process.
Of all of the players invited to the combine, Cassius Marsh could stand to gain the most from a strong pro day performance.
Marsh disappointed with the majority of his times. Due to his overall size, he'll likely need to make the transition from defensive end to outside linebacker. His 4.89 40-yard dash time was incredibly slow for a player at the position. His 14 reps on the bench press also were on the considerably lower end of the spectrum.
If anything, he'll need to improve on both his pure speed and his short-area quickness. He needs to demonstrate the ability to be mobile and drop in coverage. His stock likely dropped with his combine performance.
A strong pro day could help to replenish the stock value he lost in Indianapolis.
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