10 potential BYU draftees

Published: Monday, April 29 2013 7:55 p.m. MDT

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A BYU cornerback becoming an NFL draft pick would seem like an enormous stretch to most, but Johnson is in relatively good position. He has better size than most BYU field corners in years past, but has legitimate sub 4.5 speed.

Johnson is set to start for three straight seasons, which could help his prospects tremendously.
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Columbia, MO

Eli Herring was drafted but decided not to pursue an NFL career. Chris Hoke wasn't drafted but ended up with a long NFL career. Being drafted is not the ultimate goal of every college football player and unless you are drafted in the early rounds, it is sometimes better not to be drafted because you can control your own destiny with an equally strong chance to make a team in the NFL.

CO Ute

Remind me how many kids the Y has had drafted in the past 3 years before claiming there are 10 prospects on the current roster. Van Noy is almost a sure thing and 2-3 others seem likely but at least a third of the list is a real stretch.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Their's way more than 10 NFL guys on this team. Way more.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

We're as likely to hear the name of Howard S. called in a future NFL draft as we are to hear the names of most on that list.

But... if it weren't for anticipated glory Cougar Nation would have no glory at all.

Who am I sir?
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Wow - With 10 potential draft choices on next years team they could (should) roll over the opponents next year. Obviously this is a juggernaut in the making.

Mr. Gurney should you not have given credit to SammyG and Duckhunter for their contributions to this article?

P.S. Current odd-makers cite 2 as the over/under of this list in the next e years.

Salt Lake City, UT

KVN should've declared or if Bronco cared an ounce about him he should've told him he'd cut him.

Look at Matt Barkley, a top 5 pick who fell to the second round and lost 10's of millions, or Star Lotulelei, who would've gone higher last year. What if Star's heart really WOULD have been bad? He'd be out millions. College will be there forever. The millions may not. Many people finish degrees while working full time, but don't get paid millions while doing so.

If Ryker Matthews starts three years and is projected in the top 2 rounds, he should go then. Any other advice is irresponsible.

Kaysville, UT

Im a die hard Cougar fan and even I will admit that some of the names on this list are a stretch. Hoffman and Van Noy are the only "locks." the rest either have no chance of getting drafted or have too many more years to prove themselves. But Ziggys success in the lime light will definitley bring more scouts looking to provo. Go Cougars!

Alexandria, VA

Nice picture of Jordan Johnson. There had to be a better picture of him.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

I knew this was a bad idea from the moment I read the headline. Interesting reading between seasons for the BYU football fanatic, good evaluations of POSSIBILITIES, not PROBABILITIES. Nope, this was an open invitation for the mocking and scorn the DN theoretically despises.

Juggernaut? No, look how many players the Utes have had drafted, and yet there they are again, wondering if they can make a bowl game this next season, other than buying tickets...

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

the trotting utes probly have at least 20 nfl guys on there team. they will mop up the pac 10 south.


I'd give half the list a good shot - Van Noy and Hoffman will be selected and likely early. I wouldn't be too surprised if down the road Kaufusi, Williams, and Matthews were too. The rest are a stretch at least at this point.

West Jordan, UT

I was just about rolling around on the floor after reading this article. I looked to see who wrote it and after seeing it was Gourney that wrote it...it makes more sense. No one else could write an article that is more of a homer than this.

He lost me at Taysom Hill. Man, if you are calling a kid who started a few games then got hurt and never came back as an NFL prospect, you may as well list the kicker too. Taysom is obviously a pretty good athlete but he didn't show anything in terms of quarterbacking skills last year that would even warrant a conversation about the NFL. He won by running. His passing was questionable, as was his accuracy. He might grow into that, but man it's pretty early to project NFL on this kid.

This article may have well been titled "those BYU players we hope may get drafted someday". I could have bought Hoffman and Van Noy. Let's be serious though...BYU has had 1 player drafted in 3 years.

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Wow, no mentioned about B. Kafusi on this comment section. Ok he will be drafted in NBA and Ziggy feeling the sting or lol! Can we think about 2013 BYU football season for now. NFL draft is another 11 1/2 month to go.

South Jordan, UT

Based on the ridiculousness of this article, BYU should be undefeated next year. This article will come back to haunt BYU again.

Sounds like another T-shirt in the making.

Van Noy will be drafted. The tall receiver will get a look. The rest won't sniff an NFL locker room.

Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA

South Jordan, UT

Your hyperbole is as ludicrous as that which you mock in this article. Again, who would have projected Ziggy as a number 5 this time last year? He will get plenty of sniffs.

Granted, he was an almost totally unknown commodity, but any idiot can declare with pronounced arrogance what will or won't happen in the future. Nameless posters are not held to account for their predictions.

Also, no one here but you declared this to mean BYU would go undefeated. Nobody would be that arrogant. The year BYU beat Oklahoma, Oklahoma had 7 kids drafted. Didn't help them much. In fact, I think U had 7 kids drafted that year, and we beat U, too.

Salt Lake City, UT

I blame the sports editor for this one.
Actualy focusing on the top 2 or 3 BYU propsects for the 2014 draft and comparing them to the 2013 nfl draft class would have actually have made for a good article.

Taylorsville, UT

Just because of his size (6-3, 210) and past performance (9 TDs as a freshman), I would put Ross Apo on this list ahead of the last 4 or 5 guys. If BYU gets decent QB play in the next 2 seasons, his stats should go up, and he'll get more attention from the pros.

Mesa, AZ

byu has had 14 players drafted since 2003.

One thing is for certain, when it comes down to pre-season accolades/NCs, byu has the rest of the nation beat, hands-down....Yet, during this current BCS Era, they're barely above .500 in their bowl games at 6-5....W/the typically bottom-feeder SOS they face, annually, one would think they could've gone undefeated/BCS Bowling at least once....Shoot, even Hawaii/NIU managed to accomplish this feat.

BTW, UTAH has also reached 11 bowl games during this same time-frame, but have gone 10-1, etc., etc.

Ansah coming out of nowhere spared byu from going the 3rd consecutive year without a player being drafted....Think about it.

Herbert Gravy
Salinas, CA

Why don't we all just wait for the draft and see what happens? That's a lot to ask, I know.

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