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Red roundup: Several Utah Utes NFL Draft possibilities

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 1:09 a.m. MDT

Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith led the Utes to a BCS bowl game and was a No. 1 NFL draft pick in the 2000s.  (August Miller, Deseret News) Former Utah quarterback Alex Smith led the Utes to a BCS bowl game and was a No. 1 NFL draft pick in the 2000s. (August Miller, Deseret News)

Will it be another banner year in the NFL Draft for the Utah Utes? After having a record six players called in 2010, the Utes may be hard pressed for a fitting encore. NFLDraftScout.com is projecting cornerback Brandon Burton as the only sure thing for getting drafted. He's projected as high as the second round and as low as the fifth.

Several other Utah players, though, are considered good possibilities by the website to be picked — or at least garner preferred free agent status. They include center Zane Taylor, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga and running back Eddie Wide. Free safety Justin Taplin-Ross and return specialist Shaky Smithson are considered to have a "shot late." Free agent or tryout possibilities include wide receiver Jereme Brooks, defensive end Junior Tui'one, running back Matt Asiata, defensive end Christian Cox, cornerback Lamar Chapman and kicker Joe Phillips.

Ute defensive end Paul Kruger put his name in for the upcoming NFL draft after only two seasons of college play.  (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News) Ute defensive end Paul Kruger put his name in for the upcoming NFL draft after only two seasons of college play. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

USA Today reports that Utah football is already benefiting from membership in the Pac-12.

Taylor is listed as one of 10 names for Seattle Seahawks fans to watch during the draft. Quarterbacks Jake Locker and Andy Dalton are also on the list.

Former Jazzman DeShawn Stevenson is credited with pressuring former Ute Andre Miller in Game 5 of the NBA playoff series between Dallas and Portland.

Finally, Urban Meyer's daughter refutes reports that her father will be the next head coach at Ohio State.

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