That could be the case again this year, as a handful of local prospects are projected to be selected somewhere around the third round of the 2016 draft.
Since the first NFL draft in 1936, 38 players with Utah ties have been selected in the third round. That includes a veteran wide receiver who continues to climb the all time NFL receiving chart, a trio of BYU quarterbacks, two former Wildcats and a pair of Aggie pass catchers.
How do these third round picks stack up against each other? Among the key criteria in determining where a player ranked on this list were career length, career stats and games started, as well as honors and Super Bowl titles won.
Determining if a player is a Utah tie is based on three criteria: if they were born in Utah, if they played high school football in Utah or if they played college football in Utah. All a player had to do to be considered a Utah tie is meet one of those criteria.
The list includes four active players (indicated by an asterisk next to their names) whose spots are currently more fluid than others.
Note: The place of birth, high school and college are indicated as available and when it is a tie to the state of Utah.
Smith is the longest tenured active player from the state of Utah in the NFL. The veteran is headed cheap nfl jerseys
into his 16th NFL season in 2016 including 13 years in Carolina and the past two in Baltimore and he’s currently 11th in all time NFL receiving yards. For his career, Smith has 961 receptions for 13,932 yards and 76 touchdowns and has added 387 rushing yards and two more scores. The five time Pro Bowler and two time first team All Pro also has added six touchdowns in the return game and helped the Panthers reach the Super Bowl in 2005 (Super Bowl XXXVIII, a 32 29 loss to New England). Smith also has 59 career postseason receptions for 1,001 yards and nine touchdowns.