by Dave Syvertsen, Ourlads’ Draft Analyst
#21 RB Jamal Williams – 6’2/220
Fifth year senior. Sat out 2015 because he was forced to withdraw from school for a year for breaking team rules. What actually happened, I’m not sure. He came back in 2016 and had a big year. The big bruiser has surprising speed in space and comes from a lineage of runners. There are triangle numbers here that are sure to impress in the pre-draft process. I didn’t see a natural runner when it came to adjustments and vision, but he can be an important part to a RB group. He’s been nicked up a few times and the off field issues combined with that may make him available as late as day three.
#31 LB Sae Tautu – 6’4/245
Fifth year senior that took off two years for his mission, common for BYU guys. So he will be a 25/26 year old rookie. Was the starter only for a year, but he made the most of it. Led the team in TFL and sacks. Physical, try-hard guy that can be stout at the point of attack and beat some one on one blocking. Late rounder that will need to test well in workouts.
#5 WR Nick Kurtz – 6’6/215
#3 WR Colby Pearson – 6’0/203
#7 QB Taysom Hill – 6’2/235
#62 DT Logan Taele – 6’2/295
#21 LB Harvey Langi – 6’3/252
#71 C Chase Roullier – 6’3/316
Fifth year senior, made the move to C after playing guard. As of right now he is my third ranked center in this class. He wins most one on one battles pretty easily whether he is pass blocking or run blocking. Pretty fluid for a big guy at the next level. One of the least penalized OL in the nation over the past two years. Roullier can be a 3rd rounder.
*#5 RB Brian Hill – 6’1/220
Junior that hasn’t declared, will make his decision after the bowl game. Has rushed for over 3,300 yards over the past two seasons. Has really good measurables, will run fast in workouts but also shows agility and balance as a ball carrier. I will need to get another look or two at him but some people say he is a 3rd-4th rounder if he comes out. Some have said he is among the most talented RBs in this class, so we’ll have to see. He has 600 carries over the past two years and it may be in his best interest to come out now.
#88 TE Jacob Hollister – 6’4/239
He caught my eye twice in 2016 and I am looking forward to getting another look at him. Really good mover from a quickness/downfield speed perspective. Undersized but pretty effective blocker that shows good mechanics and effort. Might be a developmental, practice squad type but I think he can be drafted.
#4 WR Tanner Gentry – 6’2/210