Three More Bruins Selected in NFL Draft
NEW YORK – On the third and final day of the 2014 NFL Draft, UCLA had three more players selected in rounds four through seven. The Bruins had a total of five selections over the three days, the most for the program since 2002.
Day three of the NFL Draft started off well for the Bruins with the selection of defensive lineman Cassius Marsh by the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks with the eighth pick of the fourth round. Marsh is coming off a season in which he totaled a career-best 60 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss. A Bruin defensive lineman has now been selected in five of the last seven drafts –--2008 – Bruce Davis, Pittsburgh Rd. 3-88th overall; 2010-Brian Price, Tampa Bay Rd. 2-35; 2011-David Carter, Arizona Rd. 6-184; 2013-Datone Jones, Green Bay Rd. 1-26.
Wide receiver Shaq Evans’ name was called seven picks later in round four by the New York Jets. Evans finished his Bruin career 10th on the all-time school list for receptions (126) and 13th on the all-time school receiving yards list (1,895). He made 47 catches for 709 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 and also ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with a 6.8 punt return average. The last time UCLA had four players selected in the first four rounds was in 1996 – offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden Rd. 1 No. 4 by Baltimore; running back Karim Abdul-Jabbar Rd. 3 No. 80 by Miami; center Mike Flanagan Rd. 3 No. 90 by Green Bay; linebacker Donnie Edwards Rd. 4 No. 98 by Kansas City.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Jordan Zumwalt in round six. Zumwalt ranked second on the team in tackles (93) in 2013 and had a season-best 14 stops at Oregon. He has ranked among the top four tacklers on the team in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Bruins had two linebackers picked in the same draft was in 1991 – Roman Phifer, Rd. 2-31/ Rocen Keeton, Rd. 11-288.
Zumwalt was the fifth Bruin to be chosen in the 2014 NFL Draft. The last time the Bruins had more than four players selected in the draft was in 2002 – linebacker Robert Thomas (Rd. 1 No. 31 by Rams), running back DeShaun Foster Rd. 2 No. 34 by Carolina), safety Marques Anderson (Rd. 3 No. 92 by Green Bay), defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman (Rd. 5 No. 147 by Oakland), tight end Bryan Fletcher (Rd. 6 No. 210 by Chicago), long snapper Jeff Grau (Rd. 7 No. 230 by Washington).
After the first-round selection of Anthony Barr by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, NFL teams have made 30 UCLA player selections in the first round of the draft, dating back to Cal Rossi in 1947, the No. 4 overall pick by the Redskins. UCLA also became the lone Pac-12 school to feature a first-round selection in each of the last two drafts (Datone Jones No. 26 – Green Bay in 2013).
The Houston Texans selected offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo with the first pick on day two of the NFL Player Draft. Su’a-Filo’s second-round selection is the highest for a Bruin offensive lineman since the Baltimore Ravens tabbed Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden with the No. 4 overall pick in 1996.
It is the first time UCLA has had two of the first 33 picks since 1991 when defensive back Eric Turner went second overall and linebacker Roman Phifer went in the second round (No. 31 overall).
UCLA had four players selected overall in last year’s draft. In addition to the first-round selection of Jones by the Packers, Green Bay also picked running back Johnathan Franklin in the fourth round. The Vikings chose punter Jeff Locke in round five and offensive guard Jeff Baca in round six.