Free agent roundup: Where locals signed after the draft

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  • Utes11 Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 16, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    I asked for some help understanding the rationale that players use to play on Sundays after being told their entire life that it doesn't honor God....and I got scriptures and opinions talking about not judging. Please understand that I am not judging anyone by asking the question, I just want to hear what advisers tell these guys. The school always says that playing on Sundays is "not negotiable" and then these players go on to play on Sundays. It's not just football, I am sure women that end up playing in the pro soccer league and the LPGA would have to play on Sunday too. If they have the free will to work on a Sunday, as does the guy working his shift at the power plant, then why is the school's policy so "non-negotiable"??

  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    May 12, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    Many believe it is better to go undrafted than go in the 6th or 7th rounds. Being undrafted allows you to pick a situation that is a good fit. Hopefully a lot of these guys have found that fit and will be able to stick in the NFL for a few years.

    Good luck to all of them.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 12, 2014 3:09 p.m.

    Too bad for Jake Murphy. I think he got some bad advise to come out early. I was surprised when he announced he was declaring for the draft and then many experts I heard interviewed said it was a bad move. I know he was concerned about his age hurting him, but it looks like the combination of this age and the wrist injury really hurt him. Now he's got an uphill battle to prove he belongs in the NFL.

  • blackattack Orem, UT
    May 12, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    Congrats to the Aggies. They have a solid program that is consistently pumping out good talent.

    For my Cougars, it is sad to see the dropoff in NFL draftees over the years. There was an interesting article a ways back talking about how Lavell had a great NFL network to draft players and that Bronco is really lacking it. People who went undrafted under Bronco like Harline, Hall, Andrew George, and many others would likely have been drafted under Lavell. It probably is a combination of having a terrible NFL network, a low coaching priority to draft players, and losing top LDS talent to other schools.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    May 12, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    Great to see so many kids from the state OR who played in the state make it to the NFL... however they get there!

    Mostly happy my Aggies got 2 drafted as well as 6 get free agent deals and 2 more invited to mini-camps!
    Go Aggies!!!

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 12, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    Congratulations to all the players from the state of Utah signing contracts. I wish them all the best of luck.

    Go Utes!

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 12, 2014 11:59 a.m.


    The rationale is that these guys have their moral agency to do whatever they want. Play on Sunday. Pick their nose. Fart in public.

    They were and are taught correct principles and are allowed to govern themselves.

  • Samwise Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 12, 2014 11:57 a.m.

    Congrats to all players with ties to the state of Utah who were drafted or signed deals. Good luck to all of them in their pursuit of a professional career.

    Utes11, to answer your question, a couple of Bible scriptures that come to mind. First, is "judge not that ye be not judged" (see Matthew 7:1). It is not my place to judge those who choose a profession that requires them to work on Sunday, including if their profession is playing a sport. Judging them is God's place and I honestly don't know what His judgement will be. Second, "the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath" (see Mark 2:27). Sometimes it is okay to do work or buy something on Sunday, depending on circumstances. Tying this in to the first scripture I cited, it is not my place to judge if someone else's circumstances require them to work on Sunday or not. A final thought is that thinking we should not work on Sunday at all is a very Pharisaical view of the law of the Sabbath.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    May 12, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    @ Tom in CA - Citing 4-0 vs BYU does not confirm that BYU is Utah's most important game. It confirms that there is a reason Bronco was BYU's second choice, and that BYU's schedule is much easier than Utah's.

  • Utes11 Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 12, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    Congratulations to all the LDS players that signed deals.!
    Someone help me understand what rationale they use for now playing on Sundays when the LDS church teaches them thier entire lives that they should NOT play on Sundays?

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    May 11, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    I could maaaaaaybe see Daniel Sorensen not getting drafted but not Cody Hoffman. That's crazy.

    Good luck to all players with ties to the state of Utah in making it at the next level.

    Go Cougars!

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 11, 2014 7:19 p.m.

    Daniel Sorenson has an excellent chance to stick with KC.

    Nickel/dime packages as well as special teams are a perfect fit for his skill set.

  • dnay Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2014 6:38 p.m.

    How is it that a second team all american center doesn't get drafted? Lineman are big for teams and it seems like that kid has what it takes. Just can't believe he didnt get drafted, can't believe Cody Hoffman didn't either, amazing. Also very surprised Uani Unga didn't get signed by someone, way too good not to get a shot.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    May 11, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    @Naval Vet -

    Tell us all about the utah "heydays". oh, wait.

    And don't cite 4-0 v. BYU or it will confirm once again the most important game of your year.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 11, 2014 9:50 a.m.


    "Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted just because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite the illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys."

    I think comments like hedgelog's are just cases of little brother trying to vent his frustration since he can't remember the last time the cougars drafted more players the Utes. It's been a tough reconciliation that their heyday of the 70s and 80s are now a full generation behind them.

    May 11, 2014 2:52 a.m.

    Good luck to all these guys. Sometimes a free agent signing proves more beneficial to players because they can pick the situation that suits them best, rather than being stuck with an organization that had no real plans for them, but had a pick remaining late. Undrafted free agents face a big uphill climb, but guys like Derrick Shelby prove if you can work hard enough, you can flourish.

    Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted just because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite the illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys.

  • hedgelog Idaho Falls, ID
    May 10, 2014 10:12 p.m.

    Guess Murphy got put in his place! No draft love, no instate love either!

    May 10, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    Good luck to all of them!

  • pac12utah WJ, UT
    May 10, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    Crazy to me that Utah struggled when Murphy was out last season because they had no good tight ends. Yet Denham signs a free agent deal as a tight end even though Whit never used him as such. Either the NFL is stupid or Whit is for never trying Anthony at TE.I guess I'm just piling on a coach who is in his last season after running a BCS busting program off a cliff.
    Good luck Anthony, show us the talent you have that was never used here!!

  • truthsandwich RANDOLPH, UT
    May 10, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    Congrats Spencer Hadley! One of the greatest guys I know. This is a well deserved honor.

    Best of luck to all these young men representing our great state.

  • idablu Idaho Falls, ID
    May 10, 2014 8:18 p.m.

    How about Uani Unga, who led BYU in tackles? Has he signed with a NFL team?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 10, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    Unga should also be signed somewhere.