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Utah junior RB Armand Shyne (leg) didn't play in the spring game.

Shyne stepped up during Joe Williams' mini-retirement last fall and was then knocked out for the year due to a leg injury in October. The next week, out of sheer desperation, Utah's coaches were able to coax Williams back onto the field (and he ran for 97 yards or more in each of the next seven games). In an alternate universe, perhaps Shyne would have made his star turn in 2016. This summer, Shyne will be competing with Zach Moss for the starting gig. Moss suffered an arm injury in the spring game but should be ready for August camp.
Source: ksl.com
May 16 - 1:32 PM
Zack Moss - RB - Utes

Utah sophomore RB Zack Moss suffered an arm injury in the team's spring game.

Utes HC Kyle Whittingham indicated that the hope here is that Moss will miss six weeks at the maximum. Barring a setback, it sounds like he will be ready for August camp. The 5-foot-10, 213-pounder started the first three games of the 2016 season (during Joe Williams' short-lived retirement) and finished the past campaign having rushed for 382 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Moss could receive starting carries during the coming season, with Devonta'e Henry-Cole another name to keep in mind in the mix to replace Williams.
May 11 - 8:27 PM

Utah sophomore RB Devonta'e Henry-Cole totaled 67 yards from scrimmage in the team's spring game.

Henry-Cole logged 44 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving. The 5-foot-8, 192-pounder is one candidate to help replace the ultra-prolific Joe Williams. Said the sophomore, "I wanted to show that I'm capable of playing in the Pac-12. I like this offense. It's a speed offense, so that's good for me — that's good for my size and everything." This past season, Henry-Cole saw just one carry for two yards, but that carry load should increase considerably during the coming campaign.
May 11 - 8:08 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Denver Broncos a "C+" grade for their 2017 draft class.

Silva offered a mixed reaction to Denver's selection of Utah T Garrett Bolles at No. 20, writing that Bolles is "a frightening prospect on several levels," but adding that "there is little doubt he was the cream of this year’s O-Line crop." Silva is intrigued by two fifth-round picks in Michigan TE Jake Butt and Georgia WR Isaiah McKenzie. "While I’m not convinced [GM John] Elway hit many surefire singles with this haul, I think he’s got a chance to smack a few home runs," Silva concludes. Elsewhere on the internet, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline tosses Elway a "B" for his work, singling out Butt as a potential steal at pick No. 145. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke has no reservations with this class, giving Denver a lofty "A" for its work in Philadelphia.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 4:59 PM

Ravens signed Utah WR Tim Patrick.

Patrick (6’4/208) spent three years at Utah after transferring from JUCO, missing 17 games due to various injuries but mostly staying healthy as a senior to lead the team in receiving (45-711-5). He had a terrific early-season battle with USC CB Adoree Jackson, emerging with a 6-100-1 receiving line including the game-winning score in Jackson’s coverage. Not invited to the Combine, Patrick turned heads at his Pro Day with 4.47 speed and impressive vertical (37 ½") and broad (10’8") jumps. Patrick has inconsistent hands and limited college production, but he jumped off the tape when targeted in college. He has developmental appeal as a big, physical, vertical receiver who is also willing to block.
May 2 - 4:07 PM

Jaguars signed Utah DE Hunter Dimick.

Dimick (6’3/268) made 33 starts on the Utes’ defensive line, graduating first in school history in sacks (29.5) and third in tackles for loss (44), also forcing four fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 and third-team All-America as a senior. While Dimick’s athletic ability doesn’t jump off his tape, he was a dominant bull rusher in college and wins with hustle as opposed to skill and explosion. PFF College charted Dimick with the most QB pressures in the nation (83) in 2016. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Dimick is a try-hard prospect who likely lacks the ceiling of an impact NFL starter.
May 1 - 1:58 PM

49ers selected Utah DE Pita Taumoepenu with the No. 202 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 23-year-old only showed well as a pass-rusher in college and impressed by running a 4.67 at the Combine. He got to the quarterback seven times as a senior while registering a career-high 34 tackles. As impressive as all that sounds, Taumoepenu (6'1/243) only started seven games in four seasons and is undersized for an edge rusher. He may have to earn his spot on special teams.
Apr 29 - 4:46 PM
Sam Tevi - T - Utes

Chargers selected Utah OL Sam Tevi with the No. 190 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tevi (6’5/311) arrived at Utah as a defensive tackle before converting to offensive line for his final three seasons, starting at left tackle as a junior and right tackle as a senior. He never earned all-conference recognition in the Mountain West, and tested as a 20th-percentile athlete before the draft. Nevertheless, Tevi has experience playing a variety of positions in addition to long arms (34") and big hands (10 1/8"). While not a particularly compelling prospect, he’s worth a look based purely on size as O-Line talent across the league continues to evaporate.
Apr 29 - 4:19 PM

Bengals selected Utah OG J.J. Dielman with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Dielman (6’5/309) made 31 starts on the offensive line, the first 26 at right tackle before making the final five at center, then suffering a year-ending foot injury as a senior. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 pick as a junior in 2015. The cousin of longtime Chargers OG Kris Dielman, J.J. is a short-armed (32 ¼") but athletic lineman whose pro projection will be limited to the interior. Dielman is a likely NFL "swing" backup with spot-starter potential.
Apr 29 - 3:35 PM

Steelers selected Utah CB Brian Allen with the No. 173 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Allen (6’3/215) began his college career at wide receiver before converting to cornerback, where he made only ten combined starts as a junior and senior, collecting five interceptions and 4.5 tackles for loss. He blazed 4.48 at the Combine with a twitchy 6.64 three-cone time. Short on experience and turning 24 in October, Allen is old for a developmental rookie, although his size and length (34-inch arms) make Allen an intriguing press-corner project for a patient coaching staff.
Apr 29 - 3:24 PM

Dolphins selected Utah OG Isaac Asiata with the No. 164 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Miami swapped picks in the sixth round to move up two spots. Asiata (6’3/335) made 42 starts -- 31 at left guard, seven at right guard, and four at left tackle. He earned the Morris Trophy as a senior, an award voted on by Pac-12 players given to the conference’s top offensive lineman. Isaac is the younger brother of Matt Asiata. Turning 25 in December after an early-college Mormon mission, Asiata is an over-aged interior-line prospect who wins with nastiness and toughness and possesses plus strength, repping 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine. Asiata projects as a power-blocking guard or center.
Apr 29 - 2:57 PM

49ers traded up to select Utah RB Joe Williams with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Williams (5’11/210) committed to UConn out of high school only to get kicked off the team for credit card theft, spend two years at "ASA College" in Brooklyn, and finish up at Utah for his junior and senior years. Williams temporarily retired last September, but returned in October and posted a sparkling 210/1,407/10 (6.7 YPC) rushing line. After bouncing around colleges, Williams will be a 24-year-old rookie. He also caught only 20 passes in 19 games at Utah, dropping 5-of-27 catchable targets and fumbling seven times. Williams’ calling card is his straight-line speed (4.41). In San Francisco, first-year coach Kyle Shanahan may envision Williams as his new version of Tevin Coleman.
Apr 29 - 12:58 PM

Saints selected Utah S Marcus Williams with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Williams (6’1/202) made 30 starts in three years at Utah before turning pro, amassing 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles while working primarily as a center-field, single-high free safety. PFF College also charted Williams with the highest run-stop percentage among all Division-1 safeties in 2016, and the No. 2 tackle efficiency rating. Williams proceeded to blow up the Combine with 93rd-percentile SPARQ results, including an outrageous 43 ½-inch vertical. He also aced the Wonderlic (34) and is young for a rookie, not turning 21 until September. We’re not sure why Williams didn’t generate more pre-draft buzz. He checks boxes across the board as a high-ceiling safety prospect.
Apr 28 - 8:05 PM

Broncos selected Utah OT Garett Bolles with the No. 20 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Bolles (6’5/297) spent only one year at Utah after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-Pac 12 as a 12-game starter at left tackle. Kicked out of five high schools as a teenager, Bolles turned his life around by becoming a Mormon. He played only one season of D-1 football and will be a 25-year-old rookie. While Bolles possesses ideal length and athleticism with 34-inch arms and the highest SPARQ score among offensive linemen at this year’s Combine, Bolles badly needs weight-room work after struggling against power rushers in college. He also managed a 9 on the Wonderlic. Bolles is a boom-bust prospect who could become a high-end starter or flame out like Danny Watkins.
Apr 27 - 10:32 PM

The Dolphins like Utah G Isaac Asiata, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, and may look his way in Round 2.

The analyst added a second tidbit about the Dolphins. Pauline, who previously reported that Miami was targeting Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp in Round 1, wrote that "the belief" is that the Dolphins have "come off Lamp and will look defense in round one or trade down if the opportunity arises."
Apr 27 - 7:39 PM


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