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Utah Utes lineman Tony Bergstrom drafted by Oakland Raiders in third round of NFL Draft

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 5:01 a.m. MDT

Tony Bergstrom (Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives) Tony Bergstrom (Keith Johnson, Deseret News archives)

Former University of Utah offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round (95th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 6'5", 313-pound Bergstrom started for the Utes for three years after serving an LDS Church mission and earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors his senior year.

The Raiders have had a fair amount of turnover on their offensive line, but it's a position of importance for them after they made a big trade last season to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer. His protection will be a key factor going into 2012, so Bergstrom will likely have an opportunity to prove himself, if only as a backup at first.

Due to the Palmer trade, the Raiders actually didn't have a pick in the first three rounds. This pick was granted to them later by the NFL.

Utah's John Cullen, left, and Tony Bergstrom run through drills at Utah Pro Day where departing University of Utah senior football players and some invitees work out for NFL scouts in Spence Eccles Field House Friday, March 23, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah's John Cullen, left, and Tony Bergstrom run through drills at Utah Pro Day where departing University of Utah senior football players and some invitees work out for NFL scouts in Spence Eccles Field House Friday, March 23, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

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