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The 25 most highly drafted football players from BYU

Published: Tuesday, May 6 2014 11:59 a.m. MDT

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.

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PAC 12 member by default!
Harrisville, UT

I hope to see more BYU graduates in high profile roles succeed in the NFL. Go Cougars!

derecha
Central, UT

What about Brett Keisel?

Truebluecoug
Park City, UT

The guy from Central Utah has it right, what about Keisel the Diesel?

BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK

There's only ONE Jim McMahon!

Go Cougars!

IJustLiveHere
West Jordan, UT

Keisel was drafted 242nd in 2002 behind the likes of Luke Staley (214), Brandon Doman (163), Ryan Denney (61) and Doug Jolley (55).

majmajor
Layton, UT

"That year, Nielsen lost all seven of his starts while completing 5.14 percent of his passes"

I am guessing a misplaced decimal point. (51.4%)

LasVegas Cougar
Las Vegas, NV

What about Steve Young? He was drafted #1 by the Los Angeles Express of the USFL and then after that league folded was drafted number 1 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Supplemental Draft. Given his outstanding career I think he at least deserves a mention in a list entitled the 25 most highly drafted football players from BYU (Notice the title does not specify that it be the NFL draft).

OHBU
Columbus, OH

It's a weird list, because of its emphasis on where they were drafted (as they noted from the top). It's just strange to see a list of NFL players from BYU, and not have it include Steve Young, Chad Lewis, Vai Sikahema, or Brett Keisel.

cowshed
Provo, Utah

This is not a list. It's a slide show. I refuse to waste my time paging through a 25 page slide show when all that is promised could be shown in two simple columns on an actual list.

WalkerTexas Ranger
Greeley, CO

Seriously? A list that doesn't include Steve Young......who do they pay to write these articles???

UtesBy5
Syracuse, UT

@ Las Vegas Cougar:

"What about Steve Young? He was drafted #1 by the Los Angeles Express of the USFL and then after that league folded was drafted number 1 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Supplemental Draft."

I agree, he should be mentioned. FYI, Young was taken #11 by the Express, Mike Rozier was #1.

Striker
Omaha, NE

How about this article?

BYU players who had the most success in the NFL.

I only knew about 20% of the players on that list.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

How about Virgil Carter?

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