UCLA QB Brett Hundley came into the 2014 season prepared to be a prime first-round candidate for the 2015 NFL Draft. After his rough outing in his first game against Virginia however, is the redshirt-Junior’s draft stock falling?
There are many skeptics regarding Hundley’s NFL projection already, and their thoughts may have been backed up just a bit last Saturday.
The Bruins were able to hold on for a close 28-20 win, but Hundley didn’t exactly light up the highlight reel. He was too often frazzled by pressure and couldn’t make the tough throws with defenders in his face – instead, he either took the sack or made an ill-advised throw.
In Hundley’s defense, the UCLA offensive line had a dismal performance, but the quarterback didn’t exactly go above and beyond.
Many will praise Hundley for his ability to use his athleticism to get out of plays. While this can be backed up by certain examples, Hundley doesn’t have the athleticism of Colin Kaepernick. He can improvise and get out of trouble, but he won’t make the big play downfield with his legs – something showed against Virginia.
With a final line of 20-33/242/0/0 people will take notice, but scouts will see the truth – Hundley might not exactly be living up to “first-round talent”.
Sources at Walter Football note that they have been told Hundley is “overrated”:
— Walter Cherepinsky (@walterfootball) September 3, 2014
When you take a look at the talent at the top of the quarterback rankings this season, it’s a crowded bunch. Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston lead the way, but it’s possible guys like Sean Mannion and Bryce Petty could eventually jump ahead of Hundley with strong Senior campaigns.
For now, a little bit of “panic mode” should set in for Hundley’s hopes of a first-round grade.