Pro Day: Strong positional workouts the story at UCLA
With only UCLA and NFL personnel allowed into the workout, numbers from the Pro Day are limited but the three former Bruins performed well in positional drills, according to a source.
After strong performances at the Senior Bowl and combine, UCLA stars Datone Jones and Johnathan Franklin knew they didn't have to do much at their Pro Day in terms of timed workouts and they didn't, choosing instead to focus on positional drills.
With only UCLA and NFL personnel allowed into the workout, specific numbers weren't immediately available. However, one source on hand who did see the workouts was willing to provide a general overview of some of the positional workouts turned in by UCLA's most prominent prospects.
Jones, according to the source, demonstrated the light feet and good upper body explosiveness during bag drills he'd used in racking up 17 1/2 tackles for loss as a senior.
Frankin's athleticism continues to impress. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder who clocked in at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, showed off his burst by accelerating through the "holes" and exploding in his lateral cuts. He also caught the ball well during this portion of the drills.
Jones is still considered the favorite to be the first Bruin selected on draft day, perhaps in the first round. Franklin seems to be gaining on him, however, earning second-round grades from a number of clubs. There is growing sentiment that he is the second-rated back behind Alabama's Eddie Lacy. Frankin currently ranks fourth among running backs on NFLDraftScout.com's board, after a spectacular senior campaign (1,734 rushing yards) and impressing us in Mobile.
Tight end Joseph Fauria had more on the line after suffering what appeared to be a hip injury during East-West Shrine Game practices, which caused him to miss most of the combine workout.
Fauria accelerated smoothly during his timed drills but is not an explosive runner. When pressed, the source estimated him to have run in the 4.8s in the 40-yard dash. He was impressive during positional drills, demonstrating very good burst in and out of his breaks during short- and medium-range routes and catching the ball cleanly.
Fauria isn't an explosive threat down the seam but uses his 6-foot-7, 259-pound frame well around in the red zone, as evidenced by the fact that he led the Bruins with 12 receiving touchdowns as a senior and leaves with 20 over his career, tied for third in school history.
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