Several other local players are also receiving NFL pre-draft attention, with Dyson's former teammate, running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, mentioned the most. Pro Football Weekly rated him the 100th-best athlete in the draft, using a 4.82-second 40-yard dash time and giving him a 5.45 rating that means he "has a better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster."

But the junior who went home to Hawaii at Christmas and declared early for the draft really impressed his ex-teammates and four teams a week ago when he showed up on campus for a workout weighing 248 (down from 265 last fall) and running a 4.62 40 that would improve his rating.TSN lists Fuamatu-Ma'afala as the No. 2 available running back. On PFW's position list, Fuamatu-Ma'afala is rated the 12th-best running back available and sees him as an NFL fullback. The PFW position list puts BYU's 5-10, 210-pound Brian McKenzie at No. 17 among rushers with a 4.48 40 and 5.10 grade and lists Utah's 6-0, 200-pound Juan Johnson at No. 40 among running backs with a 4.69 40 and 4.95 score.

CBS Sportsline's mock draft conducted by Jon Drenning sees Fuamatu-Ma'afala going 87th to Kansas City and credits him with a 4.68 40. The same mock draft puts BYU offensive tackle Eric Bateman (6-8, 320), another early declaree, at No. 88 going to San Francisco. TSN places him 90th on its grade list with a 5.20 40 and 5.50 grade.

ESPN SportsZone has a draft scorecard listing what it considers all possible draftees by school. For BYU, it has slots for Bateman, McKenzie and defensive back Omarr Morgan. For Utah, it lists Dyson, Fuamatu-Ma'afala and Juan Johnson. For Utah State, it slots linemen Brandon Dyson and Ben Crosland and receivers Nakia Jenkins (hurt by slow combine 40 time) and Steve Smith. It has no one listed for Weber State or Southern Utah.