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UCLA’s Brett Hundley looks to be NFL bound

12/07/2013 at 9:32 am By

brett hundleyUCLA redshirt quarterback Brett Hundley has a couple years of eligibility left but according to reports, he may be leaning towards skipping them for the NFL.

Here are details, courtesy of PFT’s Mike Florio:

According to Tony Pauline (via Rotoworld), Hundley wants to enter the draft.  Persons close to Hundley are advising him to stay in school.  Obviously, UCLA is doing all that it can to keep him.

Hundley has the tools and ability to be a late first or second round draft pick, so if he decided to leave his stock is high enough to make his decision reasonable. He’s got NFL size at 6’3″, 222-lbs, has a strong arm and is as mobile and elusive in the open field as any QB prospect in the upcoming draft.

Or he could return to UCLA and risk injury or having his game picked apart by scouts, which could potentially lower his draft stock, like what happened to Matt Barkley last season. Barkley decided to return to USC for his senior year and went from a sure-fire first round pick to the fourth round as a third stringer for the Philadelphia Eagles.

If I were Hundley, I’d go pro. His stock may never be higher than it is now after the 6-3, 222-lb QB passed for 2,845 yards and 22 touchdowns while adding 587 yards and nine TDs on the ground. He doesn’t have anything left to prove at the college level athletically.

If he stays Hundley would be an immediate Heisman candidate next year, but there’s too much at risk for him to remain at UCLA another season.

-ALR

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6 Comments so far

  1. Kory Booth

    on 12/07/2013 - Reply

    Brett Hundley is a smart kid who will listen to his father and stay at ucla. The only way he was coming out this year was if they at least made the Rose Bowl.

  2. Anthony Fletcher

    on 12/08/2013 - Reply

    Yeah I can’t say I agree that Hundley has nothing to prove athletically. This was actually a bit of a down year for him and ucla genuinely lost some games because of his poor play and won others in spite of him. He’s as good a prospect as there is but he can conceivably be a first overall pick with another year. Right now he could concievably slip to the second with as deepa QB draft as this is. One more year, bro…

  3. Chris

    on 12/08/2013 - Reply

    Getting his degree is important. With the average career lasting only 3 to 5 years for an NFL player, he may be out of a job in the near future if he decides to leave now, assuming he completely tanks in the NFL. If he does, that high salary will certainly not be enough to sustain him for the decades to come. It is always smart to have a backup plan and a degree to fall back on.

  4. coleman

    on 12/08/2013 - Reply

    Brett stays at ucla. He has plenty to prove and plenty to develop. Next year he wins the Heisman. Next year ucla plays for a national championship. Next year he is the overall number one pick. You compare him to Matt Barkley –wrong. Barkley was trusting Kiffin. Hundley has Coach Mora watching his back.

  5. Sean

    on 12/09/2013 - Reply

    The comparison to Barkley is a poor choice, better to liken Hundley to Amdrew Luck, whose final year broght him a first round first overall pick in the 2012 draft and millions more than Barkley signed for. While Barkley is still basically warming the bench, Luck continues to shine as a starter in the NFL. Brett would do well to follow Luck’s path to success, which means at least one more year at Ucla. Go Bruins!

  6. Sean

    on 12/09/2013 - Reply

    “Andrew Luck”, easy to miss a letter on the phone’s keypad!

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