Utah in the NFL Draft

Just looking to make the team

Trevor Reilly of Utah was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Typically when a franchise chooses a prospect in the 6th or 7th round of the draft they aren’t looking for them to be instant impact players. Organizations choose guys with big numbers. What that means is they are looking for players with particular physical traits at a position or a guy that may have blown them away at the combine or pro days.

Reilly at 6’5″ 245 has big numbers in terms of his physical stature. Also at his pro day he ran a 4.66 in the 40, 34″ inch vertical, 9-9″ broad jump and at the combine put up 26 reps in the bench press. That 40 time was only a tenth of a second slower than Khalil Mack who was selected 5th overall by the Oakland Raiders. The fact that he was able to put up such high numbers off a torn meniscus shows the drive that Reilly has to make it in the league. These numbers show that Reilly has the physical tools to play in the NFL, and if it weren’t for the injury he sustained during the season he may have been able to play his way up a few rounds.

Reilly will have to earn his keep so to speak. He will need to prove that his surgery hasn’t slowed him down and that he can be of use on special teams for the first year or two of his career before slotting him into the starting line-up.

Could Break the Starting Line-up

The two men from Utah State, Mo Alexander (Safety) and Nevin Lawson (Corner) were both selected in the 4th round on Saturday. Both have been set in a good place to break starting line-ups when the season starts.

First and foremost, congratulations to Mo, who a year ago was working as a janitor at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. He will now be playing for the Rams in that arena a year later. Nevin, on the other hand, played his way into the 4th round with great games in the East-West shrine game and then at the senior bowl. He must have impressed the Lions at both of those outings.

The Rams don’t have many true safeties on the roster at this very moment. So it isn’t out of reason to think Mo might have a chance to start for them in week one. Nevin, on the other hand, may not break the starting corner spots in Detroit, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a nickel corner to start. At the very least look for both of these players to have an impact of special teams at the start of the season.

Plug and Play

Keith McGill (Utah) a 4th round selection and Kyle Van Noy (BYU) a 2nd round selection are players that have the best opportunity to plug and play.

Kyle will be going to the Lion’s organization that doesn’t have a great linebacker presence to go with there dominate defensive line, and are in need of a good pass rushing presence on the edge. Look for him to compete with DeAndre Levy and Ashlee Palmer neither of which has provided a pass rush for the Lions. Between the two of them, they have two sacks.

Keith McGill is going to a Raiders team who as of right now has 10 corners on the roster. Last year the Raiders started 10 year veteran Carlos Rodgers and second year starter DJ Hayden. The Raiders secondary gave up the 5th most yards per game through the air with 255 and 33 touchdowns. Look for the Raiders to add youth in their backfield. McGills height at 6’3″ gives him at advantage over any other corner on that team, and while he may get a little lost when playing in space he plays fantastically in press coverage. That is going to be a big deal when Oakland has to go up against players like Keenan Allen 6’2″, Dwayne Bowe 6’2″ and Demaryius Thomas 6’3″ twice a year in division play.


Other Players who Signed after the Draft 

Utah State

Travis Van Leeuwen- wide receiver – Green Bay Packers

Tyler Larsen – center – Miami Dolphins

D.J. Tialavea – tight end – Jacksonville Jaguars

AJ Pataiali’i – defensive tackle – Baltimore Ravens

Jake Doughty – linebacker – Green Bay Packers

Tay Glover-Wright – corner – Atlanta Falcons

Joey DeMartino – running back – Kanas City Chiefs

Eric Schultz – tackle – Seattle Seahawks


Anthony Denham – tight end – Houston Texans

Vyncent Jones – center – Kansa City Chiefs

Karl Williams – fullback – Oakland Raiders

Jake Murphy – tight end – Oakland Raiders

Tenny Palepoi – defensive tackle – San Diego Chargers


Cody Hoffman – wide receiver – Washington Redskins

Daniel Sorensen – defensive back – Kansas City

Eathyn Manumaleuna – defensive tackle – New York Giants

Spencer Hadley – linebacker – New Orleans Saints