PROVO — Harvey Unga, BYU's all-time leading rusher, will absolutely be drafted in next week's NFL supplemental draft, according to his agent, Eric Metz, who made the prediction to reporters at Unga's pro day workout Thursday on campus.
Unga ran a 4.63 handheld 40-yard dash on artificial turf before 20 NFL scouts. He lifted 225 pounds 19 times, had a standing vertical jump of 35 inches and a 9-foot-6 inch standing broad jump. His vertical and broad jump were personal bests, according to his personal trainer, Dave Stroshine. His 19 reps equaled a personal best.
"He has met with several NFL general managers. There were 20 NFL teams represented here in person today and six more called and inquired details," said Metz. "I think he will be drafted next week. It's not a matter of when, but which team and how good of a fit he'll be in their system."
Unga weighed in at 244 pounds before undergoing a series of drills before the scouts.
"I just wanted to come out and do my best and let the chips fall where they may," said Unga, who withdrew from BYU this past spring for violating the school's honor code. BYU officials since denied him the opportunity to play his senior season for the Cougars because of the infraction.
"I harbor no ill feelings, said Unga, speaking for the first time publicly about his dismissal from school. "I take responsibility for my actions and I made a mistake. I must pay for those mistakes and I still consider myself a Cougar and wish only the best for the guys, the team and coaches but I will miss being with them." said Unga.
In a press release issued by BYU last spring, Unga and basketball player Keiliani Moeaki announced their withdrawals from school to work on personal issues and because of an infraction of the honor code.
While Unga told reporters he would "plead the fifth" when asked to detail his infraction, he later admitted he flew to Chicago last week for the birth of his son, Jackson, and he and Moeaki could be married as early as next week.
Unga did not drop a pass during his drills, administrated by NFL personnel. Former Cougar quarterback Charlie Peterson threw the passes.
"I worked with Harvey for two hours this week and he never dropped a pass," Peterson said. "He is smooth, very smooth and he's got great hands."