NFL Draft Round 1: Former Ute Updates & Pac-12 Players Drafted

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As expected, no Utes in Round 1 of the NFL Draft, however, there were some Pac-12 players that were taken day one.

For Trevor Reilly, Jake Murphy and all the other Utes with NFL dreams, Thursday came and went as expected, with none of them having their names called in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Keith McGill had an outside chance of going day one, but he will have to wait to see what day two holds for him as well.

Day two, with the 2nd and 3rd rounds, should be the day we see at least one of the above names called. The question mark is who goes first and when? Keith McGill, with his size, speed and performances he had at the Combine and Utah's Pro Day is the odds on favorite to go first. It sounds like it will be 2nd or 3rd round for McGill.

Jake Murphy is likely the 2nd Ute we'll see taken, and he may go in the 3rd round. I believe he's a long shot to go any sooner, mainly because he still has some higher rated tight ends in front of him.

As for Trevor Reilly, he is the great enigma. He probably has around 3rd round talent, but his age and knee will probably keep him to day three - if at all. I wouldn't be surprised one way or another with Reilly.

Tenny Palepoi could be a sleeper to be drafted later on as well, especially with the d-line reputation Utah has in the NFL.

As for the rest of the Pac-12, there were names Ute fans are very familiar with that went in the 1st round.

Anthony Barr, the freak linebacker out of UCLA went 9th overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

Brandin Cooks, the best wide receiver in the country last year, and the guy that gave the Ute secondary nightmares was drafted 20th to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

Deone Bucannon, from Washington State, went 27th to Arizona.

With Marqise Lee from USC, Xavier Su'a-Filo from UCLA, and Will Sutton from ASU, among many other Pac-12 names out there, the next couple days should see plenty of conference mates find NFL homes.

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