Either way, the story is unprecedented for the state. Ansah and Lotulelei should both be top-10 draft picks. To put that in perspective, BYU has had eight all-time first-round picks, beginning with quarterback Marc Wilson in 1980 (No. 15) and ending with Rob Morris in 2000 (No. 28). Utah has had six, the most recent being lineman Jordan Gross at No. 8 in 2003 and Alex Smith No. 1 in 2005.
Which renders this year’s draft unusual indeed.
“These kids would be the two most talented kids on USC’s defense,” the scout said. “On a lot of teams, really. They’re the real deal. They’re better than anyone at Texas, better than anyone at Oklahoma, better than anyone in the Big 12.”
He rated Oregon’s Dion Jordan the best defensive player in the West, but otherwise, Ansah and Lotulelei are in a class by themselves. One is the Reece’s Buzzer Beater (Baskin Robbins flavor of the month) of the draft, the other familiar as Rocky Road.
“It’s been a crazy journey,” Ansah said.
Yet melt-in-your-mouth sweet.
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