Could BYU football have another first-round pick next year?

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  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2013 12:14 p.m.


  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    AZUTE1 - I'm literally laughing out loud that you're so obsessed with all things BYU. I want to stop short of scolding all Utes as Reasonable is often well, "reasonable" but, you and Naval seem to think repeated visits to BYU comment boards are going to close old wounds. That my friend is funny.

    Yet, you don't have a single word in reference to this article. "Obsessed" with UTAH and the UTAH-Fanbase was dpot-on of you. Great work!!

    May 13, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    AZUTE1 - I'm literally laughing out loud that you're so obsessed with all things BYU. I want to stop short of scolding all Utes as Reasonable is often well, "reasonable" but, you and Naval seem to think repeated visits to BYU comment boards are going to close old wounds. That my friend is funny.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    @ AZUTE1

    ESPN lists BYU as having 12 players currently on NFL rosters.

    Ziggy Ansah, Braden Brown, John Denny, Hebron Fangupo, Romney Fuga, Uona Kaveinga, Bryan Kehl, Brett Keisel, Dallas Reynolds, Matt Reynolds, Vic So'oto, and Harvey Unga.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 10, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    Serious question here--

    As of yesterday, UTAH has 35 players currently on a NFL roster....How many does byu have currently?

    Thanks in advance for your response!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 10, 2013 4:45 p.m.


    By your standards a successful career appears to be limited to a MVP (not certain of what) or super bowl champion qb.

    A "little" too restrictive in my mind. Of the 39 Utes currently on Pro team rosters I would say Steve Smith (12 years in pros; 5 time pro bowl; 3 times all pro) Ma'ake Kemoeatu (11 years in league; on super bowl team) Jordan Gross (10 years in pros; 2 pro bowls; in '09 signed a contract making him one of highest paid offensive lineman) Wric Weddle (6 years in pros; 2 times all pro; pro bowl; and at time of last contract - highest paid safety in history)Sean Smith (4 years pro; this year signed a 3 yr $18 M contract ($12M guaranteed) are enjoying a "successful" career. (And I didn't go back 25 years to define success.) I also will give the 33 Utes who have been in the Pros less than 5 years the benefit to achieve their own successful careers.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 10, 2013 4:21 p.m.

    KV is good enough to be a first round draft pick, he'll drop if...

    A) He has an imaginary girlfriend
    B) He has an imaginary heart problem

  • Y's little brother Sandy, UT
    May 10, 2013 4:04 p.m.

    Gotta laugh at the absolute panic settling in on the kids on the hill.

    In one draft, Ziggy has singled-handedly destroyed all of the hype about Utah's supposed NFL draft superiority. With Ziggy gobbling up all of the draft day buzz and KVN and Hoffman soon to follow, the momentum has clearly swung in BYU's favor.

    When your Star player isn't even good enough to get U to a bowl or a single win over a conference foe with a winning record, it's obvious that you're all talk, but no walk.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    Lions first-rounder Ziggy Ansah just signed an $18.59 million deal, including $11.9 million bonus.

    Proof, that the sky's the limit, even for a walk on, at BYU.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    May 10, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    There are 2 sure things in life. The sun coming up each morning is one of them. Chris B and AZUTE1 showing up with critical and out-of-context comments on any BYU article is the other. I'm actually a little surprised Naval Vet hasn't appeared yet to make it a threesome.

    Almost as assuredly as those things will be the agony felt and excuses forthcoming by such individuals after the result of the next big game coming up on September 21st. At this point, it seems to be foregone conclusion. As Chris B often says... "you can put that in writing".

  • sls Columbia, MO
    May 10, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    Now that Ziggy was drafted number 5, more people in the NFL are going to pay attention to the BYU games on ESPN and NBC. The exposure will just snowball from there and benefit both Van Noy and Hoffman. It is certainly better than being hidden on the old MW channel or the PAC12 channel. Utah is doomed to compete for last place in the other west coast conference with that poor team coached by another BYU alum (Washington State).

  • midpacmajor Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 10, 2013 2:55 p.m.


    Stop drinking the red koolaid.

    Ziggy was no accident!

    Bronco is solely responsible for giving Ziggy the opportunity to play football and it was Bronco and his staff who had the patience to teach a player who didn't even know how to don a pair of shoulder pads enough about the game to finally be able to start part way through his senior season.

    The fact that Ziggy invited Bronco to accompany him to the NFL draft shows just how much Ziggy values Bronco's contribution to Ziggy's football career.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    May 10, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Mesa, AZ

    byu has had merely 14 players actually drafted since 2003.

    Good year to pick sense in 2002 they had 5 drafted.

    Sense 2000
    Utah has had 27 players drafted.
    BYU has had 24 players drafted.

    Sense 1990
    Utah has had 39 players drafted.
    BYU has had 43 players drafted.

    Ummmm still wondering are you as you said? " I'm literally laughing-out-loud right now."

  • shorts Payson, UT
    May 10, 2013 2:16 p.m.

    RE: maq
    West Valley, Utah

    Utah had that great safety. That went to the Chargers.

  • Speed_Altitude Centerville, UT
    May 10, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    Let's just keep in mind what Ziggy was. He was an accident of the BYU football program. BYU didn't recruit him. He showed up on Mendenhall's doorstep, because he didn't make the basketball program, and it took him half his senior season to get in the starting rotation. Wow, unbelievable! Funny, drink some more kool-aid and tell yourselves how great the BYU football program is.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    May 10, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    Ziggy is an early favorite for Rookie of the Year? Ummm . . I'm a BYU fan and all, and that would be cool, but shouldn't we wait until he plays a few downs before making predictions? What's the use of predicting NFL award winners in May? I guess that must be for the hard-core fan.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 10, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    It's utterly mind-boggling to view this outrageous fantasizing emanating from utah county. byu has 1 player drafted since 2010, when they also only had 1 player drafted, and suddenly they're a NFL player producing machine? Please. Here's the sobering reality for byu football, what has become, during this current BCS Era, a program which rarely ever beats a good team and predominately racks-up their wins against bottom-feeders such as Idaho, Idaho State, NMSU, etc.--

    byu has had merely 14 players actually drafted since 2003.

    Think about this for a moment. I'm literally laughing-out-loud right now. Thank you for the entertainment!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    @ maq

    "I just don't like people who are too insecure to recognize when somebody is successful just because they came from a rival school."

    "Too bad Chris B's team can rarely get a player drafted that succeeds at the next level."

    Those two thoughts came from the exact same post.... Winning a Championship is not what defines a great player or what determines a successful career.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    Chris and I agree that KVN is probably a lock for 1st round next year, especially after showing up on the cover of the PAC10 edition of top prospects from the west yesterday, in lieu of any actual notable PAC players from the Mountain time zone.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 10, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Just think how good this past year could have been if Sorensen would have stayed at QB, instead of transferring to SUU. He was drafted by San Diego. It would have been nice to have a NFL quality QB, instead of a converted special teams player, running the offense. Doman and Mendenhall both are responsible for that failure. Go Cougs! Can't wait for this year!

  • maq West Valley, Utah
    May 10, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    Too bad Chris B's team can rarely get a player drafted that succeeds at the next level. How many super bowl winning/MVP award winning quarterbacks have come from the school up north? How many MVPs period? A few decent players here and there (Kruger/Steve Smith). I don't have a problem when a ute succeeds at the next level. I just don't like people who are too insecure to recognize when somebody is successful just because they came from a rival school.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    CHris B: You're such a great guy. If you could just get over this insecurity you have about BYU.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    You guys are pretty new to this whole "having guys drafted thing" huh?

    Its cute.

    Some teams have several players on average drafted every draft.

    Others don't.

    We are the former.

    You are the latter.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    I find it hard to believe that this guy won't go in the first or second round unless he has some kind of horrible injury that scares people away. I saw what happened to star (not necessarily a bad thing) with the phantom heart issue. Kyle is probably the best defensive player to come out of byu in a long long time... He's a very dynamic player, i'm not sure how he compares size wise, but he seems big enough. Good luck to this great player!

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    May 10, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    I know it is a long way to come when comes to 2014 nfl draft. Well, we got a long way to wait for 2013 ncaa football and I am off for a nice summer break. Just enjoy the summer break and hope everything will blossom on both sides of our Defense and OFFENSE!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 10, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    I remember when one of the expert Utah writers to this paper predicted that KVN would never play for the Cougars. So much for that one, but keep trying guys.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 10, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    I would even take it further than realistic to probable and more than likely. Should be an exciting year. I hope both of them can stay healthy and be rewarded for staying when they could have taken the money and run. That is also what makes star so impressive to me. He would have been a sure first rounder last year but stayed another year for Utah despite being married and having commitments in life that would have really benefited from the money.

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    May 10, 2013 6:48 a.m.

    Let the dumping begin...

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    May 10, 2013 6:17 a.m.

    Not sure where he'll be picked, but I'm confident KVN will be a first rounder and have a real impact in the NFL.

    But first . . . I'm looking forward to his Senior season. To watch him in the 4th quarter against SDSU was like watching Jim McMahon against SMU. He is such an impact player!

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    Let's hope that the offense can find some gas this year and make good on the great defense we will continue to see.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2013 11:05 p.m.

    Just got to say it! I love being a BYU Cougar fan. I love Independence in football. I love the WCC Conference. I love that I can go to see the BYU Ballroom dancers tomorrow night before they head for Blackpool, England, and the International Competition (that they won in two categories two years ago.) I love BYUtv and that we can see broadcasts beamed to our fans around the world. I just love Women's Conference and BYU Education wk. and the many, many other fine programs hosted on BYU campus. Thank you for all the memories and look forward to many great events in the future!

    Go Cougars!

    May 9, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    Not only possible, but very realistic.

  • Hey Baby Franklin, IN
    May 9, 2013 7:58 p.m.

    Mildred is the only person I know who could answer such a question? What say ye, Ms. Fillmore???

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    May 9, 2013 7:52 p.m.

    Just one????

    Realistically, BYU will have multiple first rounders next year....MULTIPLE...

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    May 9, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Looking forward to watching KVN and Cody Hoffman this upcoming season. As the article illudes to, these are both upstanding young men who have had to overcome obstacles on and off the field to get where they are. I'm also impressed with Star Lotuleilei and all he had to overcome and work for to finally get his shot. These young men are an inspiration to us all of never quitting and working through trials to achieve what we want. Good luck to Star, Ziggy, Joe Kruger, KVN, and Hoffman this season.