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NFL Draft: Weber State’s Winston Reid signs free agent deal with Browns; other Utah ties

By BRETT HEIN - Standard-Examiner | Apr 27, 2024

ISAAC FISHER, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Weber State linebacker Winston Reid (6) sacks Central Washington quarterback JJ Lemming on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.

Weber State linebacker Winston Reid will get his shot at the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns signed Reid as an undrafted free agent Saturday evening following the conclusion of the 2024 NFL draft, according to Cleveland TV reporter Camryn Justice.

The All-American linebacker from Copper Hills High School finished second all-time in career solo tackles for Weber State (170) and tied for first in forced fumbles (nine).

Additionally, WSU offensive lineman Noah Atagi accepted a mini-camp invite from the Chicago Bears. The two-time All-American and Bonneville High alum played 56 games at Weber State, starting every game in his final three seasons.

Reid looks to join a handful of other Weber State players who have secured spots on NFL rosters (Taron Johnson, Buffalo; Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans; Sua Opeta, Tampa Bay; Jonah Williams, Minnesota).

Former Bountiful High standout Max Tooley of BYU is headed to Houston as an undrafted free agent.

Six Utah collegians heard their names called during the seven rounds of the draft, held Thursday through Saturday in Detroit — five from the University of Utah, one from BYU. Below is a list of drafted players and a sample of several undrafted players who signed with NFL teams.

COLE BISHOP, UTAH/BUFFALO: The Utah safety went 60th overall, in the second round, to join Taron Johnson in Buffalo. In 2023, he had 60 tackles, including 6.5 for loss and three sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

KINGSLEY SAUMATAIA, BYU/KANSAS CITY: The BYU offensive lineman went soon after Bishop, going 63rd overall to the Chiefs. He’s the third consecutive starting left tackle at BYU to be drafted. The All-Big 12 selection started 22 games in two seasons in Provo.

JONAH ELLISS, UTAH/DENVER: The Elliss legacy continues with Utah defensive end Jonah going 76th overall, in the third round, to the Broncos. He started 10 games in 2023 before suffering an injury, recording 16 tackles for loss including 12 sacks.

SIONE VAKI, UTAH/DETROIT: With the 132nd pick, in the fourth round, Vaki became the 17th defensive back selected in the last 20 years for Utah. But Detroit reported his selection as a running back as Vaki played both sides of the ball for the Utes. On defense, he totaled 51 tackles and one interception. On offense, he rushed for 317 yards and two touchdowns while receiving 203 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed 15 times for 158 yards and two TDs in a game against Cal.

SATAOA LAUMEA, UTAH/SEATTLE: The offensive lineman went 197th overall, in the sixth round. He started 44 games for the Utes — 19 at right guard and 25 at right tackle.

DEVAUGHN VELE, UTAH/DENVER: The former walk-on wide receiver went 235th overall, in the seventh and final round. In 2023, he totaled a team-high 43 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns.


WEBER STATE: Winston Reid, Cleveland

BYU: Max Tooley, Houston; Isaac Rex, Detroit; Aidan Robbins, Clevland; Kedon Slovis, Indianapolis; Ryan Rekhow, Kansas City

UTAH: Keaton Bills, Buffalo; Thomas Yassmin, Denver; Miles Battle, Kansas City


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