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Utah's draft run down

  • The San Diego Chargers traded up to get Eric Weddle with the 37th pick. The Chargers made this trade because they were drafting behind Carolina, who looked like they might have snagged Weddle if he had been available when the team drafted with the 45th pick. The Sporting News gave San Diego a B for their draft and said this about Weddle:
    Eric Weddle will bring the consistency and playmaking ability they have been desperate for in the secondary.
    While Steve Scholfield of the North County Times had this to say about Weddle
    Utah safety Eric Weddle is extremely versatile, and Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters, who was injured most of the 2006 season, adds depth to that position. Of the three, Weddle figures to get the most playing time because he can play safety plus cornerback in a nickel defense. He has the attitude that makes him special. When asked to highlight his fondest memories at Utah, Weddle picked his role as a team leader. "We had a two-game losing streak one year and a three-game losing streak my senior year and we turned it around," Weddle said. "Those losing streaks really tested our leadership, but we managed to overcome the adversity." He should fit in well here.
  • Paul Soliai went 9th in the 4th round to Miami, where he'll join John Beck from BYU. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had this to say about the selection:
    They also drafted 6-foot-4, 334-pound Pago Pago native Paul Soliai, an American Samoan from the University of Utah, in the fourth round to compete with second-year defensive tackle Fred Evans for playing time behind nose tackle Keith Traylor, 37. "We found out that Hawaii does produce some good players and they like playing," Mueller said after a draft which included five players from UH, a program that has 10 players already on NFL rosters. "They're very close and as you know their culture is one of passion and caring ... and those are good team-building identities that we want."
  • Brett Ratliff signed a deal with the New York Jets, Kelly Talavou signed with Atlanta and Tavo Tupola has agreed to a deal with Houston.
So this year Utah saw two placers drafted, while three others were signed to teams. Here's how the Mountain West Conference fared:
Team Player Position Round Selection Team
BYU John Beck QB 2nd 40th Miami
CSU Clint Oldenburg OT 5th 171st New England
UNM Quincy Black OLB 3rd 68th Tampa Bay
SDSU
TCU Herbert Taylor OT 6th 196th Kansas City
Marvin White FS 4th 114th Cincinnati
Utah Paul Soliai DT 4th 108th Miami
Eric Weddle SS 2nd 37th San Diego
WYO John Wendling FS 6th 184th Buffalo

Congratulations to every player from the conference that was selected and hopefully they go on to have great careers in the NFL and do the Mountain West Conference proud!