SALT LAKE CITY — Each year following the NFL draft, close to a dozen or more local players sign free-agent deals in hopes of making a roster via the undrafted route.
For guys like former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, that path has worked out. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that two of this year's top Utah prospects will join Hill in New Orleans. Former Ute linebacker Chase Hansen and former BYU defensive end Corbin Kaufusi are headed to the Saints on undrafted free-agent contracts.
Here's a look at every local undrafted player who's signing a free-agent contract following the conclusion of the 2019 NFL draft, with a * indicating those who earned a rookie minicamp tryout. Signings announced by school unless otherwise noted.
- Linebacker Chase Hansen, New Orleans Saints: Hansen joins former Ute teammate and free safety Marcus Williams on the Saints defense.
- Safety Corrion Ballard, Carolina Panthers: Ballard is the second Utah safety joining the NFL this year — Marquise Blair was taken in the second round by the Seattle Seahawks.
- Center Lo Falemaka, Seattle Seahawks*: Falemaka, who started 22 games over the past two seasons for the Utes, is headed to Seahawks camp for a tryout.
- Offensive guard Jordan Agasiva, Seattle Seahawks*: Agasiva started 24 games at right guard for the Utes and like Falemaka, is headed to Seattle for a tryout.
- Defensive end Corbin Kaufusi, New Orleans Saints: Kaufusi joins former Cougars Taysom Hill and Tomasi Laulile in New Orleans.
- Quarterback Tanner Mangum, Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders*: The former Cougar signal caller earned minicamp invites from both the Lions and Raiders.
- Wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman, Chicago Bears*, according to Chicago Sun-Times: Trinnaman, who last played for the Cougars in 2017, is headed to Bears rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
- Tight end Dax Raymond, Chicago Bears: Raymond was among the state's top NFL hopefuls this year and was rated the top undrafted tight end prospect by NFL.com's Gil Brandt.
- Wide receiver Ron'quavion Tarver, Chicago Bears: Tarver led the Aggies with eight receiving touchdowns in 2018.
- Safety Jontrell Rocquemore, Cleveland Browns: Rocquemore had three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last season.
- Safety Gaje Ferguson, Kansas City Chiefs: Ferguson started 29 games at Utah State after transferring to USU from junior college.
- Safety Aaron Wade, Cleveland Browns: Wade started six games and had 50 tackles in 2018 after playing a small role at USU his first three years.
- Offensive guard/tackle Roman Andrus, Kansas City Chiefs: Andrus started 26 games for Utah State at either left guard or left tackle after joining the team as a junior college transfer.
- Wide receiver Aaren Vaughns, Indianapolis Colts: He had 33 receptions for 581 yards (17.6 ypr) and five touchdowns, while carrying the ball 12 times for 100 yards (8.3 ypc) as a senior.
- Center Quin Ficklin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers*: Ficklin, a two-time All-Mountain West honoree after transferring to Utah State from BYU, has been invited to the Buccaneers' rookie minicamp.
- Offensive guard Marquez Tucker, Chicago Bears: Tucker was the T'Birds' top draft prospect and started 21 of his 23 games with SUU.
- Tight end Logan Parker, Kansas City Chiefs: Parker had 241 receiving yards and a touchdown last season.
- Offensive guard Iosua Opeta, Philadelphia Eagles: Opeta, a Stansbury High product, had a position-best 39 reps on the bench press at this year's NFL combine.
- Fullback Brady May, New Orleans Saints*: May, who twice earned All-America honors as a special teams player, earned a tryout with the Saints.
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- UCLA (Herriman High) offensive tackle Andre James, Oakland Raiders, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: James declared for the draft following his junior season and started 32 games the past three years, at both left and right tackle.
- USC (Salem Hills High) linebacker/defensive end Porter Gustin, New Orleans Saints: Gustin had seven sacks before an ankle injury ended his 2018 season six games in.
- Stanford (Pleasant Grove High) offensive guard Brandon Fanaika, San Francisco 49ers*: Fanaika, who started 18 games in his career at Stanford, earned a tryout with the 49ers.