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As a portion of his pro day round-up on UPI, Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout looked at BYU’s Harvey Langi.

Rang wrote, “The 6-foot-2, 251-pound Langi is one of the more intriguing sleepers of this year’s crop of linebackers.”

After looking at Langi’s transition from running back to linebacker to defensive line and looking at his on-field production, Rang then turned his attention to the combine numbers, saying, “he showed an impressive combination of agility (4.32 seconds in the short shuttle) and bench press (23 reps) but opted not to run the 40-yard dash, at least until Friday when he was clocked in the low 4.6s and really turned heads with his positional workout.”

Rang then mentioned that Langi’s stock is “much higher” than most realize before listing off some of the teams looking at the BYU linebacker, saying, “Six teams that have expressed significant interest since Langi’s workout, including the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, many of which have significant needs at inside linebacker.”

Jazz Big Three ranked in the top 10

Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports ranked every NBA team’s big three, and the combination of George Hill, Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert came in at No. 6 on the list.

Speaking of the Jazz, Lynch wrote, “No player in the NBA has a bigger disparity between his box-score numbers and his actual in-game impact than Gobert. The scary thing for the other 29 teams? He’s only going to get better.”

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Collin Wieder of Fansided’s Saturday Blitz looked at the quarterback situation at BYU where Tanner Mangum returns to the field to take over for the departed Taysom Hill.

Wieder wrote, “If you don’t remember Mangum, Nebraska and Boise State certainly do. Mangum beat both teams with Hail Mary-type passes in the first two games of the 2015 season.”

After video highlights of the two Hail Mary’s, Wieder continued, “He wasn’t publicized too much as the 2015 season progressed, but he proved he can perform at a high level. The Cougars finished the regular season 9-3 earning a bowl bid against rival Utah.”

Wieder then looked at Mangum’s stat line as a freshman and what he did for the Cougars as a sophomore before turning his attention to what Mangum will provide for the Cougars in 2017.

“If you weren’t able to see Mangum play, then you missed out. He’s got all the boxes checked for prototypical passers. He boasts a strong frame (6-foot-3, 215-pounds), powerful arm strength, decent mobility and platform versatility,” wrote Wider.

Jazz stumble in Power rankings

The Utah Jazz dropped three spots, from No. 5 to No. 8 in Marc Stein’s latest ESPN NBA Power Rankings.

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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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