The dust has settled on the 2020 NFL Draft and we’re anxiously awaiting our first glimpses of when those former UCLA Bruins athletes can be seen donning their new uniforms.
Joshua Kelley, Darnay Holmes and Devin Asiasi joined an elite group of former UCLA players to hear their names called during the draft selection process as they were each picked within the first 112 picks of the draft.
Asiasi joined the New England Patriots, famous for their tight-end usage with the 91st overall pick while Holmes and Kelley went within two selections of eachother, in the fourth round with picks 110 and 112 overall, respectively. Holmes also heads east to join the New York Giants while Kelley stays local, joining the Los Angeles Chargers.
Thanks to incredible graphic designers, we don’t have to wait too long to see what those former Bruins will look like in their new uniforms.
You love to see it, @ASI2X. #GoBruins | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/1Wl6TrlCDW— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) April 25, 2020
New look for @ProwayDarnay. #GoBruins | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/TTZp2KxQZJ— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) April 25, 2020
Next chapter for @SmoothplayJK. #GoBruins | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/oHeDQWXsIG— UCLA Football (@UCLAFootball) April 26, 2020
Have to say, those all look like tremendous fits.
Asiasi made it three UCLA tight ends to be drafted within the past five drafts, joining Caleb Wilson (2019) and Thomas Duarte (2016). Asiasi’s last season was tremendous for UCLA, hauling in career-highs in catches and yards, and he lands in an ideal spot for someone with his pass-catching ability.
For Holmes, it was clear that the Giants liked what they saw in him both on and off the field.
Intelligence on & off the field— New York Giants (@Giants) April 25, 2020
: 2020 #NFLDraft NOW on NFLN/ESPN/ABC pic.twitter.com/CjYVrg85Hz
Holmes then also received even more praise for his efforts on the field and his translatable skill set.
Don't sleep on him pic.twitter.com/6UImCPpQB0— New York Giants (@Giants) April 25, 2020
Holmes finished his final season with the Bruins with multiple plays on the ball, including eight career interceptions. He’s a ballhawk in coverage and a sure tackler in run defense, and he issued this message to Giants fans.
"GO BIG BLUE" -@ProwayDarnay#GiantsPride | @Bose pic.twitter.com/DaVR7o0wxd— New York Giants (@Giants) April 25, 2020
Kelley learned he was staying home just moments after Holmes learned he was headed to New York, and it’s safe to say Kelley (and his whole family) was excited about that aspect.
the moment @SmoothplayJK found out he was staying home pic.twitter.com/muTyW9AllF— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 25, 2020
His excitement continued when he issued the following message to Chargers nation, encouraging them to indeed #BoltUp!
let's do this, @SmoothplayJK ‼️ pic.twitter.com/oOZh6C9eMW— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 25, 2020
Yeah, and a new teammate, and fellow UCLA alum, was excited to once again block for Kelley.
JOSH KELLEY BABY!!!!! Welcome my brotha!!— Scott Quessenberry (@ScootsyQ) April 25, 2020
Congratulations to all three of the UCLA Bruins drafted and also to Krys Barnes, who nabbed an undrafted free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers.