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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports ranked every NFL head coach, and former BYU Cougar Andy Reid came in at No. 3 on the list.

Speaking of Reid’s career in the NFL, Prisco wrote, “He has had three losing seasons in 18 as a head coach, one of those in his first with the Eagles in 1999. He has had 11 seasons of 10 or more victories, including the past two seasons with the Chiefs.”

After talking about Reid’s struggles in the playoffs, Prisco continued, “I know he doesn’t have a ring, but he has done some amazing things, which is why he’s in this third spot, above some guys who have won rings.”

Marcus Williams a great backup plan; Bolles to the Seahawks

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated released his latest mock draft with a backup plan for each team if they miss out on the guy they really need in the first round.

Burke had Utah safety Marcus Williams as the backup plan for the Chargers if they don’t land Malik Hooker of Ohio State at the No. 7 overall pick.

Of Williams, Burke wrote, “A Day 2 steal waiting to happen, Williams is cut from the same free safety mold as Hooker — both players can track the ball like they have built-in radar.”

Garett Bolles also made the mock draft, but not as a backup plan, as Burke had him going to the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 26 pick, saying, “Bolles needs to play with more power, but he’s still a ready-made NFL starter. The Seahawks could run behind him all day.”

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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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Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated did an in-depth piece to look at how black Utah Jazz players have embraced Salt Lake City. Spears spoke to players, both past and present, to find out about their experiences while living in Utah, including food, religious aspects, black barbershops and entertainment off the court.

“For most of the team’s black newcomers, there was some worry upon arrival,” wrote Spears. He then quoted Derrick Favors about the transition from New Jersey to Utah, saying, “To get traded to Utah, that was a big culture change. A lot of people in Atlanta heard of Utah, but they don’t know nothing about Utah. It was a big culture change and a big change for me in general …

“I was like, Utah? I didn’t know anything about Utah. What was out there or what to do out there. I didn’t know about the culture or the people. I didn’t know anything about Utah.”

After getting a handle on things from a player’s perspective, Spears turned to the cultural aspects that Utah has to offer before focusing on what players had to say about their experience overall.

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