With the NFL draft approaching, teams continue to evaluate the prospects in this year’s class. The draft is scheduled to start Thursday, April 30 and end Saturday, May 2. The draft is held every year for organizations to select eligible college athletes to help their teams. It is the most common form of recruitment.
This year’s draft projections include several local college players. They hope to make an NFL roster to make their dream of playing professional football a reality.
The top two quarterbacks candidates this year are Jameis Winston from Florida State University and Marcus Mariota from the University of Oregon. These two prospects have received significant media attention as it is still not known where they will be drafted.
The top three picks as of now are held by Tampa Bay, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. The recent Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots hold the last pick in the first round at no. 32.
For the local flavor in the draft, Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University all have some decent prospects predicted to be drafted. These are the top prospects from each school.
*The number following each player’s name signifies their rank among other players of the same positon in the draft
-Alani Fua (18) ILB Height: 6-5 Weight: 238
-Craig Bills (14) SS Height: 6-1 Weight: 205
-Devin Mahina (21) TE Height: 6-6 Weight: 250
-Paul Lasike (16) FB Height: 5-11 Weight: 248
University of Utah
-Nate Orchard (7) DE Height: 6-3 Weight: 250
-Eric Rowe (6) CB Height: 6-1 Weight: 205
-Jeremiah Poutasi (13) OG Height: 6-5 Weight: 335
-Dres Anderson (29) WR Height: 6-1 Weight: 187
-Zach Vigil (12) ILB Height: 6-2 Weight: 236
-Kevin Whimpey (24) OG Height: 6-5 Weight: 306
-Brian Suite (23) FS Height: 6-3 Weight: 203
Cameron Maylett, a Snow student, eagerly awaits the upcoming draft and will be watching his favorite team, the Denver Broncos. “The Broncos just lost their stud tight end Julius Thomas to the Jaguars. They really need to look for a good tight end for the future in this upcoming draft.”
Last year’s draft was televised by NFL Network and ESPN and drew a total of 45.7 million viewers in the three day event.