In addition to the 11 local players who were selected in the 2017 NFL draft, it was a busy weekend for dozens of other Utah football players hoping to find a home in the pros.
Following the draft, 26 players with Utah ties signed undrafted free-agent contracts with NFL teams, while four others earned invites to team camps for a tryout. Several other players are also waiting to find out if they can strike a deal or earn a camp invite.
Here’s the list, which will be updated as further information becomes available:
Linebacker Harvey Langi signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the New England Patriots, a source confirmed. He finished his Cougar career with 139 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble in three seasons at BYU.
Quarterback Taysom Hill signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, his agent confirmed. He’ll join with former Cougars backfield mate Jamaal Williams, who the Packers selected in the draft’s fourth round. Hill finished his injury-filled BYU career with 6,929 passing yards and 43 touchdowns with 31 interceptions and added 2,815 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns.
Safety Kai Nacua signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns, a source confirmed. Nacua finished his Cougar career with 164 tackles, 14 interceptions, eight tackles for loss and a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He had six interceptions each of the past two seasons and twice scored on pick-sixes in the 2015 season.
Defensive end Sae Tautu signed an undrafted free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints, his agent confirmed. He started 10 games as a senior and had a career-best 50 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble last season.
Wide receiver Nick Kurtz earned an invite to Oakand Raiders camp on a tryout basis, a source confirmed. A junior-college transfer, he finished his BYU career with 88 receptions for 1,119 yards and nine touchdowns.