Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
The redshirt junior told Jim Rome in an interview Monday that "there's a really good chance" that Saturday's victory over rival Southern California will be his last game against the Trojans. Hundley is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 41 ranked prospect and has a second round grade. The value of QBs and Hundley's upside is tantalizing enough that he could earn a first round selection.
His name may not be as recognizable as some of the other superstars on the field in UCLA's 38-20 thrashing of Southern Cal, but scouts won't soon forget the Bruins' breakout redshirt senior or his two sacks against the Trojans.
Cody Kessler is staking his claim as the No. 3 draft-eligible quarterback in the country. Wideout Nelson Agholor and defensive lineman Leonard Williams also starred for the Trojans, who outlasted the Bears 38-30.
Marcus Mariota may have won the battle of the Heisman candidates but he certainly had some help in this one as an Oregon offensive line that had surrendered 12 sacks the previous two games blanked UCLA. The biggest difference? The healthy return of senior left tackle Jake Fisher.
Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley will get all of the buzz with five touchdowns to help beat Arizona State in Tempe but noteworthy performances from several UCLA defenders could prove just as memorable for NFL scouts.
Sure, there is a whole season of NFL and college football action left to determine what will happen in the 2015 draft, but given a projected selection order (including a Super Bowl XLVIII rematch), here is how NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang envisions the first 32 picks going.