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Hal Bent of Patriots Insider did a post-draft depth chart analysis for New England, and he had plenty to say about former BYU Cougars Kyle Van Noy and Harvey Langi.

Speaking of Van Noy and Shea McClellin, Bent wrote, “McClellin and Van Noy are both versatile and a full offseason and training camp should help integrate both into the defense.”

After mentioning some other candidates at linebacker, Bent looked at Langi, saying, “Langi was tied to the Patriots throughout the draft process and has the best chance of any of the undrafted free agents to make the roster. He is great against the run and also capable dropping into coverage. At BYU, he was versatile and played inside, outside and nickel linebacker as well as defensive end.”

While breaking down the secondary, two former Utes Eric Rowe and Jason Thompson were also discussed. Bent mentioned Rowe as a “likely outside cornerbacks heading into 2017,” and said, “a full offseason and training camp will help Rowe assimilate to the defensive scheme.”

As for Thompson, Bent wrote, ” (Damarius) Travis and Thompson are the most likely to compete for the strong safety position with good size. Thompson was a former college quarterback and athletic.”

Gobert and Ian Clark reflect on their playing days in Utah

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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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Pete Prisco of CBS Sports went through 20 guys he likes better than the NFL scouts do, and Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata made the list.

Talking about Asiata, Prisco wrote, “This 6-3, 330-pound guard is a power player who excels in the run game. He would be a nice addition to a team looking to get tougher inside. He is limited some in pass protection, even though he was a right tackle some in college. At 25, he’s a little older, but also more mature.”

Some other names listed were USC’s Adoree Jackson, Iowa’s Desmond King, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel and San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey.

Jimmer ranked the most famous athlete from Warren County

New York Upstate ranked the most famous athlete from each of New York’s 62 counties, and former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette was the representative for Warren County.

Of Fredette, they wrote, “Born in Glens Falls in 1989, Fredette became its high school basketball team’s all-time leading scorer, and 16th in New York State history. Despite his high school accomplishments, none of college basketball traditional powers recruited him. He attended BYU and averaged 22 points a game as a junior, and 28 as a senior. He was named the national player of the year and holds most of the school’s offensive basketball records. He was drafted tenth in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He recently scored 73 points in a game for the Shanghai Sharks.”

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