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Four Bruins Picked on Day 3 of NFL Draft

Apr 30, 2022
UCLA's Day 3 draftees (L-R): Otito Ogbonnia, Kyle Philips, Quentin Lake and Brittain Brown (Photos: Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – Otito Ogbonnia, Kyle Philips, Quentin Lake and Brittain Brown rounded out UCLA's 2022 NFL draft class Saturday, earning Day 3 selections by the Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders, respectively.

The 2022 NFL Draft concluded with six Bruins taken, the most since 2016 (eight). Defensive tackle Ogbonnia (pick 160) and wide receiver Philips (163) were chosen in the fourth round, while safety Lake came off the board in the sixth (211) and running back Brown was picked in the seventh (250). Tight end Greg Dulcich (80, Denver Broncos) and offensive tackle Sean Rhyan (92, Green Bay Packers) went during Friday's third round. No other Pac-12 program had more than four players drafted.

Ogbonnia was a fixture on the Bruins' defensive line, never missing a game. Across the 43 contests, he piled up 79 total tackles. Ogbonnia had a breakout 2021, posting career-best numbers of 30 total stops, two sacks and five tackles for loss. In UCLA's 2021 win at Arizona, he recorded a strip sack and finished the game with five total tackles and 1.5 for negative yardage. Ogbonnia was selected to PFF's All-Pac-12 second team in 2021.

Ogbonnia starred for the UCLA track and field team, as well, competing in 13 meets during the 2018-19 season. He earned the shot put championship at the 2019 USTF U20 Championships in Miramar, Fla., eclipsing the previous UCLA record for the six-kilogram shot put with a mark of 21.42m (70-3.5). Ogbonnia also collected the shot put title at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships in San José, Costa Rica, logging a toss of 20.72 (67-11.5).

Philips was a regular atop UCLA's receptions list throughout his college career, setting a program freshman record with 60 in 2019, 38 during the shortened 2020 season and 59 in 2021. He became the first Bruin to lead his team in the category for three consecutive seasons since 2001-04, when Craig Bragg accomplished the feat. Philips leaves UCLA fourth on its all-time catch list with 163, for 1,821 yards. His breakout 2021 also saw him make a Pac-12-high 10 touchdown grabs and finish second in receiving yards per game (67.18) and third in receptions per game (5.36).

Philips got in the end zone 19 total times for the Bruins, with a pair coming on special teams. He returned two punts the distance, including one for 82 yards versus Colorado in 2021 (Nov. 13). His 69-yard return for a score in 2019 came in the fourth quarter of the Bruins' 32-point comeback at Washington State (Sept. 21). Philips completed his time at UCLA with 25 punt returns for 496 yards (19.8 yards per return) after taking back nine for 203 (22.6) in 2021.

Philips made the Pac-12 Football All-Conference first team as a wide receiver in 2021. He also made the second team as a kick returner and previously earned honorable mention consideration in 2020.

Lake played in 41 games as a Bruin, totaling 180 tackles and six interceptions. He led the 2021 team with six passes defensed and matched the team lead with three picks. At USC, Lake made seven total stops, including two for negative yardage and an interception (Nov. 20). He proved a standout performer in the annual rivalry game, registering a career-high 10 tackles and a pick against the Trojans in 2020 (Dec. 12).

For his showing versus USC in 2021, Lake was tabbed the Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week. In 2020 and 2021, he was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List in recognition of his Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. Lake made the 2021 Pac-12 Football All-Conference second team. The Associated Press gave him the same honor. Lake also received the Bobby Field UCLA Captains Award at the Bruins' 2021 year-end banquet.

Brown, a 2020 graduate transfer from Duke, racked up 406 carries for 2,284 yards and 21 touchdowns across five seasons with the Blue Devils and Bruins. He toted the ball 184 times while at UCLA, accumulating 1,158 yards for a 6.3-yards-per-carry average. Brown got in the end zone 11 times for the Bruins. His 6.62 rate in 2020 ranked 15th in the nation, while the 6.03 average in 2021 was tops in the Pac-12.

Brown closed the 2020 campaign with a career performance, rushing 29 times for 219 yards against Stanford (Dec. 19). He also topped the century mark in 2021, using 11 carries to gain 146 yards and one touchdown in a win at Arizona (Oct. 9).

Brown was voted UCLA's outstanding senior of the year with his receipt of the Kenneth S. Washington Award in 2021. He earned honorable mention recognition from the Pac-12 and its coaches when All-Conference honors were announced.

Brown became the third UCLA running back drafted in as many years, joining Joshua Kelley (2020) and Demetric Felton (2021).

Round 3, Pick 80 – Greg Dulcich, Denver Broncos
Round 3, Pick 92 – Sean Rhyan, Green Bay Packers
Round 5, Pick 160 – Otito Ogbonnia, Los Angeles Chargers
Round 5, Pick 163 – Kyle Philips, Tennessee Titans
Round 6, Pick 211 – Quentin Lake, Los Angeles Rams
Round 7, Pick 250 – Brittain Brown, Las Vegas Raiders