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BYU defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Don't sleep on this guy. He's a little older (25 after serving an LDS mission in New Zealand), but he's really productive. He's always around the ball and he's always making plays. He could go late first round. —An NFL scout quoted by NJ.com


It's become a highly anticipated tradition each night to see which of the day's plays from around the world of sports crack the "SportsCenter" Top 10 list on ESPN.

While the nation was captivated Monday night by the buzzer beater from Villanova's Kris Jenkins giving the Wildcats the NCAA men's basketball championship, an impressive defensive play from BYU infielder Brennon Anderson did crack the list at No. 6.

The 19th-ranked Cougars fell 11-5 to Arizona Monday.

Could BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft?

With the 2016 NFL Draft slated to take place at the end of this month, big BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi has become a prospect many teams are known to have interest in.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder isn't widely expected to be a first-round pick, but on Monday, one scout was quoted as saying it's a real possibility.

In a list compiled by Mark Eckel of NJ.com, three anonymous talent evaluators are asked to rank and provide an assessment of the top defensive end prospects in the draft. Kaufusi comes in at No. 4.

"Don't sleep on this guy," one scout says. "He's a little older (25 after serving an LDS mission in New Zealand), but he's really productive. He's always around the ball and he's always making plays. He could go late first round."

BYU alum, future Olympian Jared Ward profiled by Runner's World

Former BYU runner Jared Ward, who now teaches mathematics at the university, will be headed to the Summer Olympics in Brazil this year after finishing third in February's U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

On Monday, Ward was the subject of a lengthy profile in Runner's World. The piece focused on how Ward qualified for the Games, his running career and his plan for success in the Olympics in August.

“I’ll be telling myself to stay composed, that’s for sure,” he said. “But at the same time I’ll be excited that I’m running for more than just me and my family. I’ll be running for all of America.”

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.