NFL Draft: 36 players from Utah colleges drafted, sign free-agent deals

Tuesday , May 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

Following the 2017 NFL Draft, several more players from Utah colleges made deals with teams as free agents. In total, 36 players were drafted or signed after the draft, 15 of which came from the University of Utah.

The importance (and payout) of free-agent signings varies by player. For some, it’s a small amount of guaranteed money to join an NFL team in May workouts and their “minicamp” for three days in mid-June. Those events are players’ first steps in trying to make a team’s 53-man roster, or perhaps later land on a practice team.

While draft picks from rounds one through three are often secure in making a team’s roster, many late-round draft picks must also prove their worth in workouts and minicamps.

One notable exception reported this season has been BYU’s Harvey Langi, who played linebacker, defensive end and running back in his time as a Cougar.

He signed with the New England Patriots after the draft and, according to reports from ESPN and the Boston Herald, signed a contract with a guarantee of $100,000 and a $15,000 bonus. The Boston Herald reports no other undrafted free agent surpassed $30,000 in guaranteed money.

The following is a complete list of players drafted or signed by NFL teams, according to news releases from each college:


BYU

Drafted:

RB Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (4th round, 134th overall pick)

Free-agent signings:

RB Algernon Brown (Seattle Seahawks), CB Michael Davis (Los Angeles Chargers), QB Taysom Hill (Green Bay), LB Harvey Langi (New England), S Kai Nacua (Cleveland Browns), DE Sae Tautu (New Orleans Saints)

Minicamp invites with no contract:

OL Andrew Eide (San Francisco 49ers), WR Nick Kurtz (Oakland Raiders)


Southern Utah

Free-agent signings:

WR Raysean Pringle (Green Bay), CB Josh Thornton (Detroit Lions), TE Steven Wroblewski (Arizona Cardinals)

Minicamp invites with no contract:

WR Mike Sharp (New Orleans)


Utah

Drafted:

OL Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos (1st round, 20th pick); CB Marcus Williams, New Orleans (2nd round, 42nd pick); RB Joe Williams, San Francisco (4th round, 121st pick); OL Isaac Asiata, Miami Dolphins (5th round, 164th pick); CB Brian Allen, Pittsburgh Steelers (5th round, 173rd pick); OL J.J. Dielman, Cincinnati Bengals (5th round, 176th pick);  OL Sam Tevi, Los Angeles Chargers (6th round, 190th pick); DE Pita Taumoepenu, San Francisco (6th round, 202nd pick)

Free-agent signings:

DE Hunter Dimick (Jacksonville Jaguars), LS Chase Dominguez (New Orleans), WR Tim Patrick (Baltimore Ravens), K Andy Phillips (Chicago Bears), CB Reggie Porter (Indianapolis Colts), DT Pasoni Tasini (Arizona), S Jason Thompson (New England)


Utah State

Drafted:

RB Devante Mays, Green Bay (7th round, 238th pick)

Free-agent signings:

DE Ricky Ali’ifua (Kansas City Chiefs), CB Marquan Ellison (Seattle), CB Daniel Gray (Arizona), TE Wyatt Houston (Kansas City), OL Jake Simonich (Houston Texans), OL Austin Stephens (Carolina Panthers), LB Anthony Williams (New England)


Weber State

Free-agent signings:

LB Tre’von Johnson (Arizona), OL Calvin Steyn (Seattle), OL Cameron Young (Detroit)


Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and find him at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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