The NFL Draft process has been a busy one for former BYU players this winter. Five players went to the Pro Scouting Combine, and a handful of others will work out at BYU’s Pro Day tomorrow, March 14th.
Along with players from BYU, prospects from smaller schools in the state of Utah will participate in BYU’s Pro Day as well.
Here’s some of the storylines I’m keeping my eye on for BYU’s 2014 Pro Day.
Will Cody Hoffman bounce back from lackluster combine?
Heading into the combine, Hoffman was considered a 5th to 6th round prospect, in a deep WR class. After the combine however, many questioned if he would be drafted at all.
Hoffman is a talented WR, and he can stick on an NFL roster, but he needs to have a big pro day to improve his stock.
With Hoffman, a team will have to love his game film in order for him to get drafted. But the pro day will remove some doubts if he posts good numbers.
What will Kyle Van Noy participate in?
Van Noy posted solid numbers at the combine. The general consensus among draftniks is that KVN is a lock in the 2nd round, and he might sneak into the 1st round if a team has him rated high on their board. So it begs the question, will Van Noy participate in any of the drills at BYU’s Pro Day? I bet he tries to improve his 40-time, and that’s it.
Can Daniel Sorensen continue to raise his draft stock?
Sorensen posted jaw-dropping numbers among his position group at the combine. His performance in Indianapolis is making teams look at Sorensen as a potential late-round pick.
Follow up the great combine with a solid pro day and Sorensen might be a lock to get picked in Day 3, or late in Day 2. Would be a great story for a guy who was expected to be an un-drafted free agent, at best, heading into the draft process.
There was a time when the names Kaneakua Friel and Skyler Ridley were talked about as NFL Draft prospects. It’s hard to imagine that being the case right now but there was speculation for both of them as future NFL guys. How much of the speculation was true? That we don’t know. But none the less, these guys had some hype heading into the 2013 season. Will any of these guys turn enough heads to get an invite to a mini camp or training camp? That’s my question for the guys outside the combine five heading into Pro Day.
Friel had that great performance against Washington State in 2012 on a nationally televised ESPN Thursday night game, which earned him national Tight End of the week honors. That performance basically got him an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.
Then there’s WR Skyler Ridley, who Bronco said, “a few scouts have come to look at Cody [Hoffman] and they’ve left asking, who’s that (speaking of Ridley)?”
Ridley was a captain of the 2013 team as a senior. Had 39 receptions for 469 yards and two touchdown grabs.
Below is a list of players participating in BYU’s Pro Day. The list is unofficial right now, but these are the names we have so far. Will update when we get more information.
Check back often for all your BYU Pro Day 2014 updates.
|J.D. Falslev||Wide Receiver/Slot||UDFA|
|Kaneakua Friel||Tight End||Late Round/UDFA|
|Spencer Hadley (MCL; injured)||Linebacker||UDFA|
|Cody Hoffman||Wide Receiver||6th-7th Round|
|Marcus Mathews||Wide Receiver||Try-Out|
|Eathyn Manumaleuna||Defensive Line||6th-7th Round|
|Manaaki Vaitai||Offensive Line||Try-Out|
|Skyler Ridley||Wide Receiver||Try-Out|
|Daniel Sorensen||Safety||5th-7th Round|
|Uani Unga (Injured; Knee)||Linebacker||7th Round/UDFA|
|Kyle Van Noy||Linebacker||Early 2nd-3rd Round|