Local prospects await calls in NFL Draft (12 items)
The NFL draft has finally arrived with several local prospects hoping to hear their names called from the podium of Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The draft will span three days and will be televised live on ESPN and the NFL network. The first round will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. MDT with the second and third rounds taking place Friday and rounds 4-7 Saturday.
All three local FBS programs have former players projected to hear their names called sometime over the next three days, with at least a couple of those prospects expected to be drafted Friday. BYU outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Utah defensive back Keith McGill are the highest-rated in-state college prospects and are projected by most to go in the second round.
Utah State’s top prospect is cornerback Nevin Lawson, who is projected to go in either the third or fourth rounds, according to most projections.
The state’s top NFL prospect is former Timpview standout and UCLA Bruin offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo. Most services project Su’a-Filo as a late first round to early second round selection as one of the top, if not the top offensive guard prospect in the entire draft.
Others such as BYU’s Daniel Sorensen and Cody Hoffman and Utah’s Jake Murphy and Trevor Reilly are projected as late-round selections at best.
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1 of 12. Xavier Su’a-Filo: 6-4, 307, OL, UCLA (Timpview HS)
Projection: Su'a-Filo stands the best chance of any local prospect of going in the first round. Most experts believe he'll go early in the second round at the latest.
2 of 12. Kyle Van Noy: 6-3, 243, OLB, BYU
Projection: Most services have Van Noy going anywhere in the second round with a few projecting him as a third-round selection.
3 of 12. Keith McGill: 6-3, 211, CB, Utah
Projection: Most services have McGill going anywhere from the middle of the second round to early in the third.
4 of 12. Nevin Lawson: 5-10, 190, CB, Utah State
Projection: Most services project Lawson as a third or fourth round selection.
5 of 12. Trevor Reilly: 6-5, 245, DE, Utah
Projection: Projections for Reilly vary widely from prognosticators. Some see him going in the third round while others don't even list him as a potential draftee.