7 Cougars in NFL

The NFL draft is finally over.  It used to be great – for a whole solid weekend beginning on Saturday morning I could count on turning on ESPN and watching the draft over a 2 day period.  Now, not so much.  The draft starts in the early evening on Thursday with the first round, then rounds 2-3 on Friday, with the rest of the draft on Saturday (rounds 4-7).  Here’s the problem: I have things to do on Thursday evenings.  I can’t rush home from work and lock myself away in front of ESPN on a weeknight.  By the time I have the opportunity to watch, it’s the 4th round, and I really don’t care that much anymore.  I think the NFL really did itself a disservice by changing the format of the draft.

Now that I have that out of my system, I’m ready to talk about the 7 players that BYU put into the NFL this past weekend.  Oh, I know Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah was the only BYU Cougar drafted by an NFL team (#5 overall to the Lions).  I’m not talking about him.  Everyone else is talking about Ziggy, so I wanted to talk about the 6 BYU players signed as free agents after the draft ended.

There’s no shame in not being drafted.  Some very famous and successful players went undrafted:

  • Kurt Warner
  • Arian Foster
  • Warren Moon
  • Antonio Gates
  • Jeff Saturday
  • Wes Welker
  • Tony Romo

If you don’t know those names, do yourself a favor and do some homework.

Here are the 6 players and where they were signed*:

Braden Brown (OL): St. Louis Rams

Romney Fuga (DT): Denver Broncos

Braden Hansen (OL): Oakland Raiders

Uona Kaveinga (LB): Denver Broncos

Brandon Ogletree (LB): Miami Dolphins

Preston Hadley (DB): Seattle Seahawks

*Hadley did not sign with the Seahawks, but was invited to summer minicamp.

I was somewhat surprised that Brandon Ogletree was not drafted during any of the 7 rounds, but I have no doubt that he’ll be able to make the Denver Broncos team, at least as a special teams player to start.  As for the rest of the players not taken in the draft, their NFL hopes aren’t finished yet.  Now’s the time to go to work and chase those dreams even harder – they’ll have more to prove this summer.