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A west area scout for an NFC team says Utah T Garett Bolles is the "most athletic offensive lineman I've done since I took over this area of the country."

"He's also mean on the field, which you love. I'm projecting him to get stronger once he locks into an NFL strength-and-conditioning program," the scout said. "He's underdeveloped right now. What you see isn't what you are going to ultimately get, in my opinion." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Bolles to Cedric Ogbuehi. "He clearly has elite athletic ability and foot quickness, but his lack of core strength and ability to sustain blocks against power across from him is a concern at this time," Zierlein wrote. "While he has Pro Bowl potential for a zone-scheme team, his floor will be a little lower than you might like in an early round pick." The 6-foot-6, 300-pounde Bolles will be 25 years old by the opening of fall camp.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 3:39 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that "[w]hile [Utah T Garrett Bolles] has Pro Bowl potential for a zone-scheme team, his floor will be a little lower than you might like in an early round pick."

"He clearly has elite athletic ability and foot quickness," Zierlein explains, "but his lack of core strength and ability to sustain blocks against power across from him is a concern at this time." On top of these questions, one more in terms of his age -- the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder will turn 25 in May. These are all potential blocks to a high slot, but Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is of the opinion that Bolles could wind up being drafted in the first half of Round 1 this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 9:19 PM

Utah RB Joe Williams explained that he retired from football briefly last year in part due to years of guilt and grief over the death of his sister in 2007.

His 7-year-old sister, Kylee, died of acute myocarditis -- a heart muscle inflammation -- after getting misdiagnosed with a a viral syndrome and discharged from the hospital. "People make it a big deal that I quit on the team. To me, it was necessary," Williams said. "I was learning to come to grips with the fact that it wasn't my fault. I'm 23 years old now, and I can't blame myself for something that occurred 10 years ago, no matter how painful or traumatic it was. It would be bigger to honor her in a much more meaningful way." Williams rushed for 1,017 yards in only five games after rejoining the team following his four-game retirement in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 4:43 PM

Utah G Isaac Asiata is a "really tough guy" according to an area scout for an AFC team.

"He has to harness all that nasty out on the field, but I loved what he did to Washington, which has some really solid talent up front," the scout said. "He never backed down once and I think he had a couple of those guys intimidated." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Asiata to Jeremiah Poutasi. "Asiata isn't a complete stiff from a movement standpoint, but he loses effectiveness the farther he's asked to travel from his home base," he wrote. "He'll fall off of blocks a little earlier than teams will want, but his ability to generate movement combined with his girthy frame means he could become a starter at either guard or center within a couple of years."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 3:31 PM

ESPN's Josh Liskiewitz writes that Utah redshirt senior T Salesi Uhatafe was "outstanding all season on pass blocks."

Liskiewitz's only caveat is in regards to Uhatafe's work in a down bowl performance against Indiana. Otherwise, aces. The ESPN analyst points out several shiny statistics for the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Utah rock, noting that in the Utes' final seven conference games, Uhatafe surrendered just one sack, no hits and two hurries. Uhatafe has appeared in 38 games for his career, 24 of which were starts. He did not miss a snap this past season.
Feb 19 - 3:01 PM

Utah DE Hunter Dimick was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Dimick missed six games with a shoulder injury in 2015 but returned with a vengeance in 2016. He finished No. 3 in the country with 14.5 sacks and was also among the national leaders with 20 TFL. Dimick earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. The 6-foot-3, 272-pounder can bench press 225 pounds 36 times, which would have been tops among all position groups at last year's combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 1:32 PM

Utah RB Joe Williams is running in the 4.3s or high 4.2s during Combine training, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

The times have all been by hand, but it goes to show that Williams will likely test fast. The former Utah ball carrier is a very interesting story, electing to quit football early in the year to heal from injuries before later rejoining the team and serving as the primary running back. He attended the East West Shrine Game.
Feb 16 - 10:52 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline warns to not be surprised if Utah T Garett Bolles is selected in the top half of the first round.

Pauline has been pushing Bolles as the top tackle for weeks, but this would be quite a sight. Bolles turns 25 years old in May, which puts him at least a few years older than many other prospects at the position. We are expecting Bolles, who spent on year at the FBS level, to test well athletically. Offensive tackles and cornerbacks are always drafted sooner than we expect.
Feb 16 - 9:43 AM

Utah S Jason Thompson was on hand for the Seattle Regional Combine.

Regional combines allow players not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine proper to attempt to make their testing marks. Thompson's numbers from the event are not publicly available as of yet, but the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder is likely going to have to try for his NFL dreams via undrafted free agency. The quarterback-turned-safety did not record any significant statistical production over the past two seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 14 - 6:21 PM

Utah signed four-star JUCO S Corrion Ballard.

Rivals ranks Ballard as the nation's No. 14 overall JUCO. ESPN, on the other hand, didn't list him in the ESPN JC 50. "I can play both spots in the secondary," Ballard said. "As a safety I would say that I am a ball hawk and that I am aggressive. I really track the ball when it's in the air and can go and get the ball at the highest point."
Source: Rivals
Feb 10 - 4:27 PM

Utah signed three-star JUCO ATH Derrick Vickers on Monday.

The 5-foot-11, 188-pound athlete will likely begin summer camp as a slot receiver. He also played RB in junior college, so that position is an option too. Vickers believes the Utes could use him as a Swiss Army knife. "They’ll be spreading the ball out, and that’s a good fit for me," he said. "They want me to come in and play slot, but they also want to use me like I was used at Bakersfield." Vickers is the No. 140 JUCO recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings.
Feb 8 - 2:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that after watching Alabama T Cam Robinson's tape, he believes Utah T Garrett Bolles is the best left tackle in the 2017 draft class.

"I’m not saying Robinson won’t be a good tackle in the NFL," Pauline explains. "I just don’t think it will be on the left side." Bolles has been one of hottest draft prospects in the early going, with Pauline relaying earlier this winter that many NFL teams view the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Bolles as the best athlete at his position.
Feb 7 - 7:09 PM

Utah signed three-star JUCO sophomore OLB Marquise Blair.

The No. 46 player in the ESPN JC 50 originally signed with Syracuse in 2016 as a three-star prospect. "Blair is at his best in pressure schemes where he is allowed to flow freely and attack the football," noted ESPN in a scouting report. "Has immediate impact type talent but likely in a role player position." At sub-200 pounds, Blair looks and runs like a safety, but he flies downhill like a linebacker.
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 2:21 PM

Utah signed four-star 2017 WR Bryan Thompson.

Thompson took a late visit to Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers were ultimately unable to land the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder's signature on National Signing Day. Rivals ranked him as the No. 153 overall player in the 2017 cycle, while Scout.com takes a more cautious view. Scout does not list him on their 250-player master list, ranking him as the No. 74 wideout in this class. Outlet analyst Greg Biggins notes that "[Thompson] can high point the ball and does a nice job catching through traffic." He believes that refined route-running would help the freshman-to-be as he enters his college career with Utah.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 4 - 5:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "the buzz continues to build around [Utah T Garrett Bolles]."

"Bolles is likely to measure a shade under 6-feet/5-inches at the combine, which may turn a few teams off," Pauline notes, "but from what I’m hearing don’t be surprised if he lands in the top half of round one." He could well end up being the first tackle drafted this spring. Pauline has previously passed along word that multiple NFL teams are viewing him as the "superior athlete" at his position.
Feb 4 - 2:49 PM


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