Today’s Sun Bowl game of Virginia Tech and UCLA will feature many NFL Draft prospects, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Some of these guys are seniors who know this will be their last game while there are also some underclassmen who haven’t yet decided whether or not to enter the draft early. Who should we pay the most attention to for UCLA?
The Bruins have two of the top prospects overall in the 2014 NFL Draft in QB Brett Hundley and OLB Anthony Barr.
Hundley, only a redshirt sophomore, hasn’t yet decided whether to enter the draft or not. If he does decide to take the money and run, he’ll likely go early in the top half of round one. There are even rumors that some scouts peg him as the best QB in the class ahead of even Louisville‘s star QB Teddy Bridgewater. Hundley has tough matchup against the fourth ranked defense nationally, but the Hokies will be without their two star cornerbacks in Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller. Still, the Hokies didn’t have Exum for much of the season and still had the third ranked pass defense.
Barr is viewed just as highly as Hundley, if not higher. Some analysts even believe Barr is the best player overall in the entire 2014 draft class. The star OLB, who’s put up 10 sacks on the year and 23.5 the past two seasons combined, could make life miserable for Hokies QB Logan Thomas. He should absolutely dominate tackles Jonathan McLaughlin (a true freshman) and Laurence Gibson.
OT/G Xavier Su’a-Filo, a redshirt junior who also hasn’t determined whether to declare or not, is another prospect to watch. Su’a-Filo has been playing the blindside for the Bruins due to lack of depth and will certainly play inside at the next level where he has intriguing potential. Some have him as high as an early second round pick should he decide to forgo his senior season. He’ll have a very interesting matchup against Hokies DE James Gayle, a projected mid round pick.
It’s going to be very interesting to see whether or not Su’a-Filo and Hundley (especially) take their talents off to the NFL after what could be their last game today in Bruin uniforms.