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The 25 most highly drafted football players from BYU

Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 12:00 p.m. MDT

Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon (9) steps up into the pocket and unloads his first pass from the scrimmage during the game between the Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa on Oct. 25, 1987. (Doug Jennings, Associated Press) Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon (9) steps up into the pocket and unloads his first pass from the scrimmage during the game between the Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa on Oct. 25, 1987. (Doug Jennings, Associated Press)

Even though the Cougars have been on a bit of a cold streak (other than Ziggy) when it comes to having players getting drafted in the NFL, they have still had plenty of fantastic players hear their names called over the past few decades. Of those players, some have had incredible careers while other didn’t succeed in the way they were projected to by their respective teams.

Here is a list of the 25 most highly drafted players from BYU and how each of their careers turned out.

It is important to note that the order is based on the spot each player was drafted and not the round. Some of the older drafts had few teams so there were fewer picks each round.

Note: Steve Young doesn’t land on this list even though he is quite possibly the greatest NFL player to come out of BYU. The reason for that is because while Young was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1984 supplemental draft, he wasn’t taken in the regular draft, which is what this list is all about. The same can be said for Gordon Hudson, who was also taken in the first round of the ’84 supplemental draft.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lead writer of the website jmoneysports.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com. Twitter: @jmoneysports

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