Local NFL watch: 16 players with Utah ties to participate in 2014 NFL Scouting Combine

Published: Monday, Feb. 17 2014 11:21 p.m. MST

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BYU inside linebacker

6-foot-1, 238 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23 (Note: Unga's ability to perform physical activities other than bench press will be severly limited because he tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in the Cougars' bowl game)

2013 stats: 143 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry

What others are saying: "An over-aged, competitive, physical linebacker of Tongan descent, Unga went from walk-on to captain at BYU, where he was a tackling machine in his lone season as a starter. Skill set and college responsibilities translate well to the pro game, and he’s capable of serving as a core special-teams player and solid backup for a 3-4 team." — NFL.com

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Allen, TX

Well, as long as he's not a cheetah.....

Provo, UT

I feel like saying "over-aged" is the way of saying he was an RM, and we want to knock his draft stock a little. Not saying it's unfair, or inaccurate, I just thought it was overused.


sky2k1, it gets overused with athletes from Utah because Utah is the place where it is most prevalent. It is important to note because it means they probably have a shorter shelf life than a 20 or 21 year old junior or redshirt sophomore, which comes into play when deciding between two similarly talented players at the same position. Brandon Weeden was (way) over-aged, but not an LDS missionary. Same with a lot of prospects that went into baseball before football.

Cedar Hills, UT

Kyle Van Noy will do well at the combine. He has the speed and athleticism to make a team in the NFL.

Lindon, UT

I also noticed the over use of the "over aged" term. Funny how when these guys were playing in college, coaches liked to whine about it being an unfair advantage but now it's seen as detrimental on draft day. Could it be people see what they want to see to make the case for what they've already decided?

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