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NFL Draft Recap: UCLA's Alex Redmond and Logan Sweet Sign as UDFAs with Bengals, Colts

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Redmond and Sweet are the latest Bruins to join the NFL ranks as undrafted free agents.

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Yesterday, two more Bruins joined the NFL ranks as G Alex Redmond and WR Logan Sweet were both signed as undrafted free agents by the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.

The news was confirmed by tweets from the official UCLA Football twitter account.

This brings the total number of Bruins who joined NFL teams this weekend to 12.

Here's a full rundown on which teams the former Bruins are now members of:

Player Name Position Round Drafted NFL Team
Kenny Clark DT 1 Green Bay Packers
Myles Jack LB 2 Jacksonville Jaguars
Caleb Benenoch OL 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Paul Perkins RB 5 New York Giants
Jordan Payton WR 5 Cleveland Browns
Aaron Wallace LB 7 Tennessee Titans
Thomas Duarte TE 7 Miami Dolphins
Devin Fuller WR 7 Atlanta Falcons
Jake Brendel C UDFA Dallas Cowboys
Ka'imi Fairbairn K UDFA Houston Texans
Alex Redmond OL UDFA Cincinnati Bengals
Logan Sweet WR UDFA Indianapolis Colts

That makes UCLA the school with the 2nd most draft picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. Only Ohio State had more this year. The message to recruits cannot be simpler: "If you want to make it to the NFL, you should be coming to UCLA."

At the same time, it is worth noting that, Jack's injury aside, most of the Bruins fell lower than estimated by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. For instance, Thomas Duarte received a 3rd Round projection from the committee but didn't get selected until the final round. Now, some may chalk that up to poor coaching or underperformance by the Bruin players. Personally, I think the message to the next group of guys needs to be "Stay in school. Exhaust your NCAA eligibility and don't be in such a hurry to enter the draft. In the process, your draft stock will rise as high as possible and, heck, if you stick around and the Bruins can win the National Championship we all crave, then your draft stock will be even bigger!"

Go Bruins!!!