Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up Jordan Zumwalt in the sixth round, the Bruins have a total of five players picked in this year's NFL draft. I know we were hoping to that X go in the first round, but this is not bad, not bad at all!
Jack Wang put it this way:
Those five selections are the most for UCLA since it produced six in 2002. That draft featured Robert Thomas, running back DeShaun Foster, defensive back Marques Anderson, defensive end Kenyon Coleman, tight end Bryan Fletcher and long snapper Jeff Grau.
Nine Bruins have been drafted since head coach Jim Mora arrived at UCLA, the school’s highest two-year total since the 1993 and 1994.
To summarize, those five selections were: Anthony Barr, the ninth pick in the first round by Minnesota, Xavier Su'a-Filo, the first pick of the second round by Houston, Cassius Marsh by Seattle and Shaq Evans by the New York Jets in the fourth round, and of course, Jordan Zumwalt in the sixth round by Pittsburgh.
BTW, I found this about Cassius Marsh in the Seattle paper. He had nice things to say about Coach Mora:
"I love coach Mora man,’’ Marsh said. "He’s a hands-on coach, a player’s coach, holds everyone accountable. It’s a very tough program now. …
"When I first got to UCLA, it was extremely soft and I thought about leaving and coach Mora came in and he changed everything man, all that soft stuff was not acceptable and he just completely flipped everything. Now it’s quite the opposite. We play great defense over there, it’s all about toughness, so he’s really been great for our program.’’
Getting players drafted is another step in the right direction for the football program.