For 16 football players with Utah ties, last week's NFL Scouting Combine provided an on-field and in-person opportunity to make an impression with league scouts and personnel.
While there will be college pro days and even individual workouts in store for some athletes, that performance at the combine is likely to have a lasting effect on potential employers.
Media members have created their opinions on these players as well, with many of these experts sharing those opinions via mock drafts. Where could we see some of Utah's latest crop of top talent being selected in the upcoming draft?
Here's a list of nine media members and where they believe these locals will be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft following the league's combine. These pundits include:
Offensive lineman, Timpview High alum, played at UCLA
DraftTek.com: First round, New Orleans Saints (27th overall)
Miller: Second round, Buffalo Bills (41st overall)
WalterFootball.com: Second round, Atlanta Falcons (37th overall)
Burke: Second round, Cleveland Browns (35th overall)
What Burke said: "Su’a-Filo had a stellar combine and would slot in well on Cleveland’s underrated line."
Fairburn: First round, San Diego Chargers (25th overall)
What Fairburn said: "Guard is still an area of concern for the Chargers' offensive line. Lucky for them, Xavier Su'a-Filo, the top guard in the draft, is still available at pick No. 25. This is a bit of a no-brainer."
Rang: First round, Cleveland Browns (26th overall)
Brugler: First round, Seattle Seahawks (32nd overall)
What Brugler said: "The starting offensive guards in Seattle have produced inconsistent results so far this season. Su'a-Filo has experience at tackle and guard, but projects best inside and will be the top guard in this class for several teams."
Brown: First round, Seattle Seahawks (32nd overall)
Kyle Van Noy
Outside linebacker, BYU
DraftTek.com: Second round, St. Louis Rams (44th overall)
What DraftTek said: "Van Noy posted relatively average numbers at the Combine, which should solidify him as a Day 2 pick. But type in "Kyle Van Noy" into Google, and you will find that he's generating quite a bit of buzz. His versatility and leadership traits are attracting the interest of those teams that value such: the Patriots, the Packers, the Seahawks. The Rams have bigger holes to fill here at #44, particularly OG and Safety, but none of those is available without reaching into Round 3 talent."
Miller: Second round, N.Y. Jets (49th overall)
WalterFootball.com: Second round, N.Y. Jets (49th overall)
Burke: Second round, Cincinnati Bengals (55th overall)
Fairburn: Second round, Jacksonville Jaguars (39th overall)
Kirwan: First round, San Diego Chargers (25th overall)
What Kirwan said: "I've had Van Noy in the first round two weeks in a row and his combine performance helped him solidify his spot. He is a versatile backer with pass rush skills."
DraftTek.com: Fourth round, Cleveland Browns (123rd overall)
Miller: Fourth round, Washington Redskins (98th overall)
WalterFootball.com: Second round, San Diego Chargers (57th overall)
What WalterFootball.com said: "The Chargers' defense made every single quarterback look like a Pro Bowler early in the year. They have a dreadful cornerback situation, which could be remedied with the use of an early round pick in May's draft."
Burke: Second round, San Francisco 49ers (61st overall)
Linebacker/defensive end, Utah
DraftTek.com: Fourth round, Oakland Raiders (103rd overall)
Miller: Fifth round, Cleveland Browns (133rd overall)
WalterFootball.com: Fourth round, Houston Texans (97th overall)
What WalterFootball.com said: "The Texans would kill two stones with one bird with this pick. They need to upgrade their pass rush and find some help at inside linebacker. Marcus Smith would satisfy the former, which would allow Brooks Reed to move inside."
Center, Utah State
DraftTek.com: Fifth round, Jacksonville Jaguars (132nd overall)
Miller: Sixth round, Chicago Bears (167th overall)
WalterFootball.com: Fifth round, Miami Dolphins (143rd overall)
What WalterFootball.com said: "The Dolphins appear to be standing by Mike Pouncey, who was part of the entire bullying scandal. However, Pouncey is also dealing with some other issues, so Miami could look for a center in the middle rounds."
Wide receiver, BYU
DraftTek.com: Sixth round, Washington Redskins (162nd overall)
Miller: Sixth round, Buffalo Bills (169th overall)
Joe Don Duncan
Tight end, Dixie State
DraftTek.com: Sixth round, Kansas City Chiefs (177th overall)
Miller: Seventh round, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (198th overall)
Cornerback, Utah State
DraftTek.com: Seventh round, Houston Texans (193rd overall)
Miller: Fifth round, Pittsburgh Steelers (145th overall)
Defensive lineman, BYU
DraftTek.com: Seventh round, Cincinnati Bengals (216th overall)
Miller: Sixth round, Kansas City Chiefs (177th overall)
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