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The 25 most highly drafted football players from BYU (25 items)

By , For the Deseret News

May 6, 2014

Even though the Cougars have been on a bit of a cold streak (other than Ziggy) when it comes to having players getting drafted in the NFL, they have still had plenty of fantastic players hear their names called over the past few decades. Of those players, some have had incredible careers while other didn’t succeed in the way they were projected to by their respective teams.

Here is a list of the 25 most highly drafted players from BYU and how each of their careers turned out. It is important to note that the order is based on the spot each player was drafted and not the round. Some of the older drafts had few teams so there were fewer picks each round.

Note: Steve Young doesn’t land on this list even though he is quite possibly the greatest NFL player to come out of BYU. The reason for that is because while Young was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1984 supplemental draft, he wasn’t taken in the regular draft, which is what this list is all about. The same can be said for Gordon Hudson, who was also taken in the first round of the ’84 supplemental draft.

1 of 25. Jeff Lyman

Lyman was selected in the fourth round (82nd overall) by the Saint Louis Cardinals in the 1972 draft. Lyman played for three games in his lone season in the NFL with the Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills as a linebacker.

2 of 25. Glen Titensor

Titensor was taken in the third round (81st overall) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 draft. Titensor (No. 76 in photo) played 92 games (46 starts) over seven seasons for the Cowboys on the offensive line. Included in that stretch was a two-year span when Titensor started all 32 games at left guard.

3 of 25. John Hunter

Hunter was selected in the third round ( 80th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1989 draft. Even though Hunter was drafted by the Vikings, he never played a regular season game with them. Hunter ended up with the Atlanta Falcons where he went on to play 21 games (three starts) over three seasons on the offensive line. Hunter also played five games with the Seattle Seahawks in the 1992 season.

4 of 25. Mo Elewonibi

Elewonibi was taken in the third round (76th overall) by the Washington Redskins in the 1990 draft. Elewonibi played in the NFL for four seasons but was very solid when he was on the field. His best stretch came with the Redskins where Elewonibi started 19 of 20 games at tackle over a two-year period. Elewonibi finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, but only appeared in six games as a reserve in 1995.

5 of 25. Wayne Baker

Baker was selected in the third round (74th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1975 draft. He played only 14 games over one season with the 49ers on the defensive line and on special teams.
1. PAC 12 member by default!
Harrisville, UT,
May 6, 2014

I hope to see more BYU graduates in high profile roles succeed in the NFL. Go Cougars!

2. derecha
Central, UT,
May 6, 2014

What about Brett Keisel?

3. Truebluecoug
Park City, UT,
May 6, 2014

The guy from Central Utah has it right, what about Keisel the Diesel?

4. BleedCougarBlue
Enid, OK,
May 6, 2014

There's only ONE Jim McMahon!

Go Cougars!

5. IJustLiveHere
West Jordan, UT,
May 6, 2014

Keisel was drafted 242nd in 2002 behind the likes of Luke Staley (214), Brandon Doman (163), Ryan Denney (61) and Doug Jolley (55).