Why Brett Hundley Is Worth Drafting


Brett Hundley is largely responsible for the resurgence of the UCLA football program. In three years playing under head coach Jim Mora, Brett won 9 games in his first season and then had back-to-back 10-win seasons the following two years. To do that in the Pac-12, arguably the deepest conference in college football, is no easy feat. Brett Hundley is the school leader in total offense and touchdown passes, and the single season record holder for passing yards from the 2012 season. And this is the same school that Troy Aikman and Cade McNown excelled in years past. Now that the NFL Draft is approaching, there is much speculation about who is getting drafted and where. There is a savior for an NFL franchise in this draft. But who?

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One thing is certain, there is a  deafening silence when It comes to Brett Hundley. In fact just a year ago, Hundley was nearly a lock as first QB taken, but since returning for the 2014 season his stock has fallen mightily.  Instead of his name being thrown around for first quarterback taken, Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston have taken the spotlight. As every NFL fan knows, the season does not end with the Superbowl. The Draft process is the sole focus of the football world during the NFL Combine and Draft. During this time prospects are broken down like high performance vehicles. Every measurable that can be taken is, players are put under such a microscope sometimes it seems these scouts find things out the player does not even know. But do raw numbers really reveal what it takes to succeed in the NFL?

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  • Does a .04 difference in the 40-yard dash really make a difference between being a 1st round pick or a 3rd round pick? The answer is no. For those people who are hard lined to believe that these numbers and ratings do translate to success are sorely mistaken. I am by no means saying that the system is 100-percent broken, but it can be said this Combine is more of an educated guess than a sport science. Talking heads on the Sports Networks try to convince the public that they know the future success of players by these numbers.

    For those who say  Andrew Luck( 1st Pick)  I say Russell Wilson(3rd round) , For those who say Peyton Manning (1st round 1st pick)  I say Tom Brady ( 6th round 199th pick) . For those who say Calvin Johnson  (1st round 2nd pick) there is a an Antonio Brown ( 6th round 195th pick). These players all have something in common in that  they are arguably the best at their position in the NFL Today.

    Jan 2, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; UCLA Bruins coach Jim Mora (right) and quarterback

    Brett Hundley

    embrace in the final minute against the Kansas State Wildcats in the 2015 Alamo Bowl at Alamodome. UCLA defeated Kansas State 40-35. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    This is not even mentioning  the “Can’t miss prospects” that did not pan out in the NFL. Surely, Raider fans want to wash the taste of JaMarcus Russell out their mouth. There is also Mark Sanchez, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Matt Leinart… you get the point.

    Its true, Brett Hundley does have things he has to work on. Hundley has a problem holding on to the ball too long. He does heavily rely on his superb athleticism to help get him out of trouble. Moreover, NFL.com says that “Inconsistent weight transfer on throws, which affects accuracy (throws sail)”.

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  • Yeah well Drew Brees is barely 6-feet tall, and have you seen Philip Rivers throw a football, it’s practically a sidewinder. By the way these two are arguably Hall of Fame quarterbacks.

    Pro days and throwing drills do not make up the measure of a quarterback.

    The point is that quarterbacks can’t be predicted by analytics or by chalkboard talks. They are measured on the field, and if Hundley can continue to improve there is no doubt he can take the NFL by storm as he did at UCLA.