UCLA Football: Projecting the depth chart – Wide receivers and tight ends

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Wide receiver Jordan Lasley
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Wide receiver Jordan Lasley /
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PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Wide receiver Jordan Lasley
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Wide receiver Jordan Lasley /

Go Joe Bruin continues our look at potential depth charts for the UCLA Football team in 2017 as we examine the receivers and tight ends.

Go Joe Bruin continues to project the potential depth charts for the UCLA Football team and today we look at the wide receivers and tight ends that have a group of familiar faces looking to make a larger impact this season.

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The Bruins have a lot of talent in these groups which will work under their third offensive coordinator in three years. So who will be the ones to stand out?

X Receiver Depth Chart

  1. Jordan Lasley, #2, R-Jr., 6’1″, 205 lbs
  2. Theo Howard, #14, So., 6’0″, 180 lbs.
  3. Dymond Lee, #9, R-Fr., 6’2″, 190 lbs.
  4. Christian Pabico, #27, R-Jr., 6’0″, 190 lbs.
  5. Ethan Fernea, #39, So., 5’11”, 185 lbs.
  6. Trae Smith, #11, R-Jr., 6’2″, 195 lbs.

Jordan Lasley cemented himself as one of Josh Rosen‘s go-to targets in 2016, leading all receivers with five touchdowns. Lasley’s reliability has him sitting atop the X receiver depth chart. There, he will look to build upon the 620 yards he amassed through the air last season. Lasley has incredible footwork, allowing him to run precise routes and allude defenders. He is hard to tackle due to his strength, which allowed him to pick up yards after the catch on multiple occasions last year.

Theo Howard is a young receiver, who will look to make a big leap in his collegiate career. Howard is a speedy receiver, who will make defenders pay if they are caught looking in the backfield. This, paired with precise route running gives Howard the potential for a breakout season, and allows him to sneak into the second spot on the depth chart.

Dymon Lee redshirted his freshman year, and didn’t see the field as a result. Lee stands at 6’2″ and can hurt defenders down the field using his tremendous agility. However, he can also make difficult receptions in the middle of the field. There, Lee can take advantage of slower linebackers to create more yards and move the chains.

Christian Pabico creates separation from defenders with incredible footwork and route running. He will spend a majority of his time on the scout team.

Ethan Fernea has excellent hands, making him a reliable wide receiver. After the catch, he is shifty, allowing him to avoid oncoming tacklers. He will provide excellent depth as both a receiver and defensive back, a position he played in high school.

Trae Smith is a converted quarterback, who recently transferred from Santa Monica College. When forced to run, Smith used his strength to barrel through defenders down the middle. He will be on the scout team, but his height and strength makes him a receiver who can pick up tough yards.