Thursday, April 30, 2009

Kiper likes their chances
       It's been noted in several publications, including the Los Angeles Times, that there were no UCLA football players selected in the recent NFL draft. It was the first time since 1997 that no Bruins were taken, and only the second time none were selected since 1963.
       But former UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan has signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's college football guru, believes that signing as a free agent is a good opportunity.  "You can look at the history of the draft over the last five years and a lot of guys make it," Kiper said. "A lot of free agents will beat out fifth, sixth and seventh-round picks."


Add UCLA: During the 1970s and 1980s, when Dick Vermeil and Terry Donahue coached football at UCLA, the Bruins had more players in the NFL than any other school, even though Donahue, some said, was hesitant in promoting his players to NFL scouts.

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