UCLA Football: Other Players That Could Declare For The NFL Draft

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Sep 25, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins offensive lineman

Conor McDermott

(68) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA defeated Arizona State 62-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Conor McDermott

Conor McDermott broke onto the scene midway through the 2014 season. Graduate transfer Malcolm Bunche had started the season on the line, but seemingly could not keep up with the fast pace of the Bruin’s tempo offense led by Brett Hundley.

McDermott, who had an extra year on Bunche already knew what was expected. What was not expected of McDermott was how quickly he adapted to the position. Playing on Rosen’s blindside, McDermott had squashed several attempted sacks, which plagued the Bruins early in the season.

McDermott was able to handle the pressures as well as play as a unit on a line that had been struggling to find an identity.

This past season, McDermott handled that starting role very well early in the season. Though things started to breakdown for the offensive line later in the season, McDermott continued to show improvement, which would make him an ideal get for an NFL team.

Now if he stays he will not only improve his game, but that would also be big for Rosen who will also look to have the Bruins improve in 2016.

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