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Free agent roundup: Where locals signed after the draft

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 8:17 p.m. MDT

Brigham Young wide receiver Cody Hoffman makes a catch during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (Michael Conroy, Associated Press) Brigham Young wide receiver Cody Hoffman makes a catch during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (Michael Conroy, Associated Press)

With the NFL draft over, undrafted prospects are free to sign with whatever team they choose and many from Utah schools have already signed undrafted free agent deals.

Here's a team-by-team look at where these local undrafted players are headed:

BYU

BYU announced that four former Cougars have signed deals. They join linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was a second-round pick to the Detroit Lions.

• Wide receiver Cody Hoffman is headed to the Washington Redskins, where he will join a wideout crew that includes recent signee DeSean Jackson. Hoffman caught 57 passes for 894 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, but slipped out of the draft.

Utah tight end Jake Murphy runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Utah tight end Jake Murphy runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

• Linebacker Spencer Hadley signed with the New Orleans Saints. Hadley had 149 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and five fumble recoveries in his Cougar career.

• Safety Daniel Sorensen is joining forces with another former Cougar, Chiefs coach Andy Reid, in Kansas City. At the NFL Combine, Sorensen recorded the fastest 3-cone drill time (6.47 seconds) among all participants.

• Defensive tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna is headed to the New York Giants after starting 51 games in his BYU career.

• Of note: linebacker Uani 'Unga, who is still recovering from a knee injury, has not signed with a team. He tweeted out Saturday, "No love today I guess."

Utah State offensive lineman Tyler Larsen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Utah State offensive lineman Tyler Larsen runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Utah

According to Utah Athletics' official Twitter account, three former Utes have signed free agent deals.

• Fullback Karl Williams is one of two undrafted players joining McGill in Oakland. Williams played in 36 games for Utah in three years after transferring from Southern Utah.

• Another tight end, Anthony Denham, is headed to the Houston Texans. Houston is looking to replace Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels, who signed with Baltimore.

• Defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi signed with the San Diego Chargers. There he joins another former Ute, Eric Weddle, on the defensive side of the ball.

• In addition, tight end Jake Murphy, who left Utah a year early, said he'll sign with the Oakland Raiders. Murphy caught 25 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns in an injury-plagued 2013 season.

Earlier on Saturday, two former Utes were selected on the final day of the draft: Keith McGill (Oakland Raiders, fourth round) and Trevor Reilly (New York Jets, seventh round).

• Of note: Former Utes offensive lineman Vyncent Jones said he's going to the Pittsburgh Steelers' mini-camp on Thursday and then to the Kansas City Chiefs' mini-camp on May 23.

"If I can't steal a deal with the Steelers, then it's off to the Chiefs," he said. "It's time to go prove myself, to see what I can do."

Utah State

Utah State announced six former Aggies have signed deals. They join safety Maurice Alexander (St. Louis) and cornerback Nevin Lawson (Detroit), who were drafted in the fourth round Saturday.

• Linebacker Jake Doughty is headed to Green Bay to join the Packers. Doughty had 149 tackles last season and joins fellow former Aggie Jarrett Bush, a defensive back, in Wisconsin.

• Center Tyler Larsen is joining the Miami Dolphins. Larsen was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports his senior season.

• Tight end D.J. Tialavea, who missed the NFL Combine with an injury, signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tialavea caught 17 passes for 93 yards and scored three touchdowns last season.

• Nose guard A.J. Pataiali'i, a second-team All-MWC selection last season, is joining the Baltimore Ravens.

• Cornerback Tay Glover-Wright is headed to his hometown Atlanta Falcons. He started 10 games last year and had 52 tackles.

• Running back Joey DeMartino, who rushed for 1,221 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2013, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Of note: According to a Utah State Athletics news release, wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen has been invited to Green Bay's and Miami's rookie mini-camps and offensive lineman Eric Schultz has been invited to Seattle's rookie mini-camp.

Also

•Cottonwood High alum John Martinez, who played on the offensive line at USC, signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

"I'm way excited," said Martinez about reuniting with Pat Reul, the offensive line coach who recruited him to play for USC when he was in high school. "I still have to try and prove something to them, that I can play at the next level."

• There is no official word yet, but one report said former Dixie State tight end Joe Don Duncan is on the New England Patriots' radar.

CONTRIBUTING: Amy Donaldson

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