Dick Harmon: NFL draftees not total sign of success, but for BYU it would help

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  • CougOrUte..Naah Nibley, UT
    May 12, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    I have to say this is a different article (weird actually). Players being selected to play professional football is a result of natural athleticism, hard work, and good coaching. Getting players drafted into the NFL should not be a college coaches goal. Winning football games, developing, and creating an environment where players can succeed is. If a coach takes care of those responsibilities, then getting your players drafted into the NFL is a natural by-product of success. BYU has not taken care of business as of late. BYU has done nothing to improve their program induce the best players to want to come there. The one thing you can say for the Utes, while they have not enjoyed tremendous success in the PAC 12, by joining the PAC 12 they have made a case for top tier players having a reason to go there. To be the best, you have to play the best, and the "U" can make a statement for that. I am not a huge Ute fan, but to their credit they have done something to attract better players. A by-product of that is their recent 4-0 record against the "Y".

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    Harmon doesn't "advocate" byu sending 3-5 to the NFL through the draft every year?


    He makes it sound like it a decision bronco has made that he only want to average about 1 guy drafted a year.

    What else doesn't Harmon "advocate" byu do?

    Win lots of games every year?
    Go on a quest instead of just making t-shirts about quests?

    All I know is Nick Saban "advocates" having several guys drafted every year. But Harmon doesn't "advocate" byU doing that? LOL

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    May 12, 2014 7:57 a.m.

    Remember this coaching staff did not think Ansah was good enough to start. If we don't know talent when we see it every day, how can we find it out in the big world. Some of the very best players don't do their Home Teaching.

    May 11, 2014 9:08 p.m.

    It certainly doesn't hurt recruiting for any school to reference the number of kids they have put in the NFL. One thing that hurts both the Y and the U in developing pro players is the 2 years away for a mission. (Note: not saying a mission is a bad thing) Several players are turning pro early, being undrafted, or dropping down in the draft because of their age. Right or wrong; the NFL teams often feel some of these kids are less desirable due to their age.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    May 11, 2014 6:34 p.m.


    Taysom Hill won't be in next years draft because he is only a junior.

  • sg newhall, CA
    May 11, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    Hill going high in next year's draft? No. Absolutely not. He might be taken in the latter rounds 6th or 7th. I wouldn't draft him. He's NOT a passer. He loves to run; then make him a runner or receiver. He is so painful to watch and BYU's offense is so predictable it is a yawner. Frankly, I'd rather see someone else under center than Hill.

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    May 11, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    Van Noy is a good player. But when counting the number of players drafted this year, BYU comes in third place in the state of Utah. Utah State is now consistently placing players in the NFL, and the Utes have had a huge success rate.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 11, 2014 2:52 p.m.

    It looks like coming back helped Van Noy, but it didn't seem to help Cody Hoffman. I was surprised he came up dry. I would think Hill would go high in the draft if he decides to leave next year.

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    May 11, 2014 12:22 a.m.

    BYU's philosophy on football is unsound, particularly on the offensive end. BYU is trying to stay up with the trends by running a poorly designed and executed form of Chip Kelly's Oregon Offense with personnel more like Stanford. BYU cannot do it. BYU always complains about not having enough speed. The spread offense requires speed. BYU can't seem to recruit speed. Captain obvious would say "why isn't BYU running a Jim Harbaugh Stanford like system?" BYU can recruit scrappy tough football players. It can't recruit flashy sub 4.5 40 track stars. It should run a system that plays to its recruit's strengths.

  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2014 8:54 p.m.

    One of the problems BYU has continued to face over the past 2 decades are LDS players desiring to play in a top tier/marquee conference. It used to be BYU could get any and all 3-5 star LDS recruits they wanted, even more than Notre Dame could go in and gather the best in Catholic High Schools anywhere. BYU finding its way into the Big 12 could go a long way towards solving this problem and allow BYU to gain players with the most NFL potential as they did during the mid-70s into the 90s when the Steve Young's and even a few non-LDS players like Tom Holmore considered it a badge of honor to wear a Cougar-Blue jersey.

  • Ken Sandy, UT
    May 10, 2014 7:54 p.m.

    It's a realitively infrequent occurrence compared to Utah, is that why Harmon does this story? Can you imagine if the des news covered all Utah players in the NFL daily like they do for van noy and Jimmer?

    They would have to hire too many writers, must be why they don't