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Michael Rothstein of ESPN looked at the decision that former Highland High School star Haloti Ngata made to have his brain tested before returning to the football field.

Rothstein wrote, “The 33-year-old Ngata went to get cognitive and brain exams done at The Sports Neurology Clinic at the CORE Institute in Brighton, Michigan. He underwent a series of tests that spanned two weeks because he wanted to make sure his brain was still healthy before he chose to continue playing football.”

After talking about where the idea originally came from, Rothstein continued, “Ngata said he had one diagnosed concussion during his 11-year career between Baltimore and Detroit. As part his most recent examination, Ngata said he had a brain scan, psychological tests and various assessments while he was working out and at rest to evaluate his levels of functionality.”

Rothstein then talked about CTE and brain injuries and how it helped Ngata change the way he played the game, saying, “Knowledge about — and experience with — brain injuries was part of the reason Ngata changed the way he hits opposing players. In his younger years, Ngata has said, ‘I used my head a lot more,’ but as he learned different techniques, he started to move away from that.”

Jamaal Williams could be the rookie to decide the division

Will Brinson of CBS Sports looked at the rookies who are capable of shifting the balance of power in each division and former BYU running back Jamaal Williams was one of the honorable mentions in the NFC North.

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It is expected to be a banner year for local schools in the NFL draft thanks to the large amount of talent coming out of the state of Utah this season. While there are a million and one mock drafts projecting where each of the players will go, no one is ever sure exactly what will happen during the three-day event.

But those mock drafts and projections do give us a good idea of what range the talented players with Utah ties will go.

First day

Garett Bolles, offensive tackle, Utah

Bolles is the biggest name of the local players as he ranked as a first- or second-round pick in every major mock draft and a top 25-ranked overall talent.

R.J. White of CBS Sports has Bolles going to the Giants with the No. 23 pick in the first round, saying, “They manage to fill a big need in the first with Bolles, who’s older than a typical prospect but who should come in and immediately start at left tackle.”

Projected round: 1-2

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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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