He’s done the combine, and he’s done the private workouts. At this point, former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is ready to get drafted.
He just has to wait another month or so.
“I’m feeling great,” Hundley said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “All the things that you do up to this point – the combine, your pro day, even all the media stuff – I feel like I’ve been doing really well and having fun with everything. Now people are just saying, ‘Keep your head down and stay working.’ Obviously everyone wants to be the No. 1 pick or (get drafted) in the first round, but I’m just happy to be blessed to get drafted. At the same time, I would love to go in that first round. People are saying that, but at the same time, you just want to see it come true on April 30.”
Hundley completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,155 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions at UCLA last season. He also ran for 644 yards and 10 scores.
While he ran a spread offense for the Bruins, Hundley believes he can have success in a traditional NFL offense operating under center.
“I see myself as able to do both,” he said. “I’m perfectly fine under center. Even though we weren’t under center that much, I was still able to do it and function with it. And obviously we come from a spread offense, but we still throw the ball around. We still have fun and just get out there and play football. So I feel like I can do both if need be.”
That said, Hundley – who is 6-3, 227 pounds – believes taking snaps under center is his biggest weakness.
“I think that’s one of the big things,” he said. “Even though I say I’m comfortable with it, there are players who have done it continuously. It has to be a habit. It has to be second nature. It has to be something you don’t even worry about. It’s, ‘Okay, I’m going under center. Let’s do it.’ And I think you have to get that repetition and that experience to get that good at it. I think that’s the one thing right now. Everything is under center, so I’m just trying to catch up from that perspective.”
Believe it or not, Hundley hasn’t played under center since his Pop Warner days. He played in a spread in high school, and he played in a spread in college – which is pretty much the standard for a lot of new quarterbacks entering the NFL.
“A lot of things change (for) the quarterback when you go under center,” Hundley said. “You have to be able to do it second nature. That’s the big difference on being able to do everything from shotgun and then going under center.”
Hundley said he roots for the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals – his family is from Denver, and he grew up in Arizona – but he’ll be happy wherever he goes.
“I’m all about longevity in the league and being able to play and really helping a team win some games,” he said. “I do feel like whoever drafts me will be able to get a quarterback who can step in and play if need be. As far as . . . sitting out a year, I’m going to compete – and that’s what you want your quarterback to do. So I’m going to come in and I’m going to compete for the starting job. In my eyes, I’m going to win it. So that’s my goal, and I feel like when or if I do win the job, I can go out and play.”