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2 UTES ONLY LOCAL PLAYERS PICKED BY NFL

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The first in-state player chosen in the NFL Draft isn't exactly a household name to college football fans in the Beehive State.

Kurt Haws, the University of Utah tight end who caught all of 12 passes in his college career, was selected on the fourth round by the Washington Redskins, the 105th pick overall. He was the third tight end drafted, behind Florida State's Lonnie Johnson and LSU's Harold Bishop.The only other in-state player chosen was Utah fullback Jamal Anderson, on the seventh round, by the Atlanta Falcons, 201st overall.

Even Haws, 6-foot-5, 250, was surprised by his selection.

"I thought a friend was playing a joke on me," he said. "I was kind of shocked."

Kirk Mee, director of player personnel for the Redskins, placed the call to Haws, at first asking him if he'd be willing to try out for the team if he wasn't drafted. Then he told Haws he was kidding - they'd already drafted him.

Not bad for a guy who didn't even think he'd get invited to the scouting combine in February.

"I was really surprised to get an invitation to the combine," Haws said. "At Utah, tight end is not part of the passing game.

"Once I got there (the combine), though, I realized I was just as good an athlete as those other guys."

Haws said he didn't know much about the Redskins' tight end situation, but did like the team's coaching situation. Washington's new head coach is Norv Turner, former Cowboys offensive coordinator, and Dallas used its tight end probably as much as any team in the NFL.

The last tight end from Utah taken in the draft - Craig McEwen, in 1987 - also went to Washington.

The only other player with Utah ties drafted was linebacker Brant Boyer, to Miami in the sixth round. Boyer prepped at North Summit High in Coalville and played collegiately at Snow College and Arizona.

This is the first time since 1965 that a player from BYU has not been drafted, but that's a little misleading since the draft went just seven rounds this year. Two years ago, the only BYU player drafted was quarterback Ty Detmer, on the ninth round.