In one of the most shocking developments of the early offseason for the Utes, junior defensive back Javelin Guidry has elected to declare for the NFL Draft and forego his senior season. Guidry would have been the only returning starting DB for the Utes, and would have been in line for some serious accolades next season had he elected to stay in school.
The nickel back will try his hand at the NFL Draft, and after three years of starting for the Utes, he has a lot of good film, and he probably has a great chance of landing somewhere. I’m not sure what his Draft grade would be, and how much that would have swayed his decision, but with the success Utah DBs have in the NFL, he’ll get a shot.
Here’s a breakdown of his career per UtahUtes.com:
UTAH: Two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 nickel back since his true freshman season … 40 games with 24 starts … one of the fastest players in NCAA football … won the 60 meters at the UW Invitational in January running unattached (clocked at 6.59 seconds, which ranked tied for 11th in the U.S. and 24th in the world during the season) … advanced to the finals of the 60 meters at the USATF Indoor Championships in February and finished first among college athletes and sixth overall.
2019: Honorable mention All-Pac-12 … played in all 13 games with 11 starts at nickel back … 42 tackles … tied for second on the team with six pass breakups … tied his career high with eight tackles and had a pass breakup vs. Washington State … five tackles and two pass breakups vs. Oregon State … four tackles with a pass breakup against Northern Illinois … four tackles vs. BYU, California and Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship.
2018–Honorable mention All-Pac-12 … played in all 14 games with nine starts at nickel back … 42 tackles (3.5 TFL, 0.5 sack) … tied for eighth in the Pac-12 and second on the team with nine pass breakups … 10 passes defended (9 PBU, 1 INT) … career-high eight tackles and a pass breakup against Arizona … five tackles and a pass breakup against Washington State … four tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Stanford … two pass breakups and three tackles vs. USC … five tackles and a pass breakup vs. UCLA … interception vs. Washington in the Pac-12 Championship game … three tackles against Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl included an assisted sack … honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic.
2017–Played in all 13 games with four starts at nickel back (USC, ASU, Oregon, West Virginia) as a true freshman … 31 tackles (1.0 TFL) … five passes defended (4 PBU, 1 INT) … five tackles and a touchdown on a 14-yard interception return against Arizona … five tackles against Arizona State … four tackles and a pass breakup against San Jose State … four tackles and two pass breakups against USC.
Arguably, the biggest question now is who steps in at the secondary position for the Utes. Clark Phillips III is a likely starter, coming in as a true freshman. Also, I’d expect Bronson Boyd, who got some run in the bowl game, JaTravis Broughton, Vonte Davis, and some other young guys that we see on the roster get a chance. I’d also be curious if the Utes now look in the transfer portal for a DB. Utah has got to draw a lot of attention from transfers, especially with all four starters on the backend potentially getting into the league.
It was a great career for Guidry, and one I’m sad to see end early, but I hope to see him on Sunday’s next year making NFL paychecks.