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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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In his latest NBA Power Rankings for ESPN, Marc Stein had the Utah Jazz moving up two spots to No. 5.

After talking about Utah’s rough road trip, he wrote, “There is also growing concern in the SLC that neither Derrick Favors nor Rodney Hood will be able to shake the knee injuries that have plagued them; all season in Favors’ case and for the past two months in Hood’s. The Jazz are 9-6 in their past 15 games as they try to cling to the West’s No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.”

He then turned his attention to Gordon Hayward, saying, “this team, more than ever, seems to go as Gordon Hayward goes. Utah’s lone All-Star is averaging 23.8 PPG on .494 shooting (.451 on 3s) in those past nine wins. In those past six losses, Hayward is averaging 12.5 ppg and shooting just 32.5 percent from the field (.333 on 3s).”

The only teams ahead of the Jazz in the rankings were the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lillard carries Blazers on second-half surge

Tim Cato of SB Nation looked at the recent play of Damian Lillard and how he leading the Portland Trail Blazers on a late playoff push.

After talking about Lillard’s huge game on Sunday, Cato wrote, “Since the All-Star break, where Lillard was ‘snubbed’ once again by coaches and missed the game, Lillard is averaging 31.2 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent on shots behind the three-point arc.”

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