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OLB Kenny Orjioke
UCLA has the unenviable task of replacing five NFL draft picks from a season ago—Anthony Barr, Jordan Zumwalt, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Cassius Marsh and Shaq Evans.
It would be naive to assume an existing member on the roster would instantly replicate the success had by Barr or Su'a-Filo. "X" was regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the entire country last year. He also was the leader of a young offensive line group.
Barr led the Bruins with 10.0 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss in 2013. He undoubtedly was one of the most feared pass-rushers in the conference the past two seasons.
UCLA will need to find quality replacements for the aforementioned duo.
At guard, look for transfer Malcolm Bunche to get the first shot at Su'a-Filo's vacant left guard position. Bunche is a massive man, standing 6'7", 327 pounds. While he's likely not as mobile as Su'a-Filo, he should be able to positively impact the run game.
As it currently stands, sophomore Deon Hollins and junior Kenny Orjioke will battle it out for the outside linebacker spot. Hollins has a lightning-quick first step and uses his hands quite well.
Orjioke is built more like the prototypical outside 'backer. At 6'4", 240 pounds, he's dripping with upside and athleticism. The former safety could be a very good player down the line with continued improvement on his technique.