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UCLA Football: Brett Hundley's Position on First 2015 NFL Draft Big Boards

Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) is interviewed after the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium. UCLA defeated Virginia Tech 42-12. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Jason FrayCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2016

In 2015, quarterback Brett Hundley could possibly be the highest draft choice for the UCLA football team since Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Odgen was taken fourth-overall in 1996. 

There's considerable buzz in regards to the quarterback position for next year's draft. Hundley, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Florida State signal-caller Jameis Winston will all likely enter, and that doesn't even account for the likes of Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty or Oregon State signal-caller Sean Mannion

In short, it will be a far deeper and more talented group than the 2014 quarterback class. 

There are multiple Bruins with the potential to being drafted next spring. Malcolm Bunche and Eric Kendricks are likely mid-round picks. One sleeper to watch is Fabian Moreau, a cornerback out of Florida who has considerable upside. With a strong junior campaign, he could shoot up draft boards and become a potential high draft choice. 

ESPN analyst Todd McShay and Walter Cherepinsky of Walterfootball.com both recently released early mock drafts for 2015. Hundley was the only Bruin mentioned in either. 

McShay (subscription required) has Hundley going 16th overall to the Tennessee Titans. Similarly, Cherepinsky had the UCLA product going to the Titans at pick No. 18

The jockeying between Hundley, Mariota and Winston will last the duration of this upcoming season. With the quarterback position being such a vital entity in the NFL, it's very possible to think all three could be drafted in the top 10. 

Both Mariota and Winston are rated ahead of Hundley at this point. That's not to say Hundley can't be drafted ahead of either once the 2014 college football season plays out.

The Bruin signal-caller does have room for improvement, first and foremost his accuracy. Also, if the first option on a play is covered, he has the propensity to take off and run. Hundley can't necessarily do that at the next level. Going through his progressions will be an area on which he needs to work.

And his pocket awareness needs to be enhanced. In his two years as the UCLA quarterback, Hundley has taken some bad sacks on dropbacks where he should have thrown the ball away. 

He still has time to improve in those specific areas. For all of the nitpicking, Hundley does bring a lot to the table. It will be fascinating to see his development in the upcoming year. 

 

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