New Crop of Utes Headed to the NFL

Former Utes cornerback Keith McGill (no. 1) was drafted in the 4th round and joined later in the draft by DE/OLB Trevor Reilly. - George Frey

NFL Draftees Keith McGill and Trevor Reilly will be joined by free agent signees Jake Murphy and a host of others.

The 2014 NFL draft saw two former Utes drafted and six more University of Utah players signed as free agents.

Keith McGill: The former Ute safety/cornerback was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round with the 116th overall pick. McGill started in all 12 games for the Utes in 2013 and was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention after leading the conference with 12 pass breakups.

Trevor Reilly: After falling from his initial projected draft position somewhere in the 4th or 5th rounds, Reilly was finally drafted by the New York Jets in the 7th round with the 233rd overall pick. The former defensive end/linebacker was a defensive captain for the Utes in 2013, was named an All-Pac-12 defensive end, an honorable mention A.P. All-American and a finalist for the Dick Butkus award. Reilly led the Utes in total tackles (100), tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and fumble recoveries (3) during his 2013 senior campaign.

Jake Murphy: The speedy tight end was expected to be taken somewhere in the later rounds but was undrafted by an NFL team after forgoing his senior season with the Utes. However, his disappointment was short lived as he was quickly signed to a free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders, joining former 2013 Ute teammates Keith McGill and Karl Williams. Even after missing four games with a broken wrist, Murphy finished the 2013 season with 25 receptions for 417 yards and five touchdowns.

Tenny Palepoi: The big defensive tackle signed a free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers. Palepoi, along with Reilly, was also named a defensive captain and was named second team All-Pac-12 after starting all 12 games for the Utes in 2013. He finished his senior season with 53 total tackles (9.5 for loss), with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Anthony Denham: Denham will join Utah native Xavier Su`a Filo in Houston after signing a free agent deal with the Texans. The big wide receiver played in all 12 games and started in 10 of the 2013 season, finishing with 24 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Denham was also named an honorable mention academic all-Pac-12.

Karl Williams: The former walk-on fullback will join 2013 teammates Keith McGill and Jake Murphy in Oakland after signing a free agent deal with the Raiders. Williams finished the 2013 season with 15 rushes for 51 yards and a touchdown and had five catches for 20 yards and a touchdown. Williams also had nine tackles on special teams which bolsters his chances of making an NFL squad.

Vyncent Jones: Jones agent announced that he would be attending mini-camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. After playing guard for his first three years at Utah, Jones switched to center before his senior season and started in all 12 games during the 2013 season.

L.T. Tuipolotu: The former Ute defensive tackle was invited by the Green Bay Packers to attend rookie camp for a tryout. Tuipolotu played in all 12 games in 2013 and finished with 42 tackles (three for loss), 1.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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