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David Hennessey of The Eagles Wire did an NFL prospect preview on former BYU running back Jamaal Williams leading up to the NFL draft.

Hennessey gave a scouting report on Williams while looking at strengths, places where Williams needs improvement, how he would fit with the Eagles and an NFL player comparison.

After talking about Williams’ numbers at BYU and his 40-yard dash time, Hennessey wrote, “Though Williams dealt with some injuries and missed a semester during his time at BYU, his strong running style will help him create a role for himself at the next level.”

Will looking at some of Williams strengths, Hennessey wrote, “Williams can also break tackles with his sheer strength. He almost finds the end zone here against Michigan State, despite the fact that he has to fight through contact that begins at the line of scrimmage.”

After looking at some things that Williams needs to work on, Hennessey then looked at Williams’ fit with Philadelphia, saying, “If Williams can improve his pass blocking he has a chance to be an every-down back. If not, he could fit well in a rotation with Wendell Smallwood.”

Metrics show Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report looked at the top five NBA defenders at every position based on statistical analysis, and Rudy Gobert was far and away the best center in the league.

Talking about Gobert’s value on the defensive end, Fromal wrote, “Rudy Gobert is the only player to place within the top 10 in all four of our categories—Draymond Green missed out in on/off differential—and it’s impossible to call the Utah Jazz stopper’s field-goal percentage differential a fluke. Most of his contests come around the rim, where he’s making an impact unlike anything we’ve seen in recent seasons.”

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The closer we get to the NFL draft the more thorough the mock drafts become.

Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report released one of the most detailed 2017 NFL mock drafts to date as he went through all seven rounds, including compensatory picks, and it was loaded with seven Utah Utes and a pair of BYU Cougars.

He had Garett Bolles as the first local player going off the board to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 26 pick in the first round. After talking about some of Bolles’ drawbacks, Sobleski looked at the positives, saying, “The left tackle is a dancing bear. He finished among the top two offensive linemen in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the combine. During his position workout, the first-team All-Pac-12 performer looked more fluid than any other blocker. He’ll maul opponents, too.”

Next off the board locally was Utah safety Marcus Williams who Sobleski had going to the San Francisco 49ers with the No. 66 pick followed by Utah guard Isaac Asiata to the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 71. The first Cougar came off the board nine spots later as Jamaal Williams went No. 80 to the Indianapolis Colts.

Sobleski had two more Utes getting selected in each of the next two rounds. Fourth-round picks included cornerback Brian Allen to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 122 and offensive lineman Sam Tevi at No. 132 to the New England Patriots. Fifth-round picks were Joe Williams who landed with the Ravens at No. 159 followed by center J.J. Dielman to the Denver Broncos at No. 177.

The other Cougar taken in the mock draft was Harvey Langi who went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round with the No. 213 pick.

New Cougar shares BYU football love

New BYU Cougar football player Wayne Kirby took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a message with recruits about the love the BYU coaching staff and players have for each other.

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Two months to the day from his last game action, former BYU standout guard Tyler Haws returned to action for Poland’s Anwil Wloclawek and had one of his most impressive showings as a professional basketball player.

He finished with 21 points on 7 for 7 shooting from the floor and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line as Anwil crushed Start Lublin 112-77 on Sunday. He added three rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists in 23 minutes. And he did all that while wearing a mask to protect his healing cheekbone that he broke in practice.

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