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BYU, UTAH LEAD WAY AS NFL SELECTS 16 PLAYERS FROM WAC

After a slow start, the Western Athletic Conference finished with a respectable 16 players selected in the two-day NFL draft.

Brigham Young led the way with five players, and Utah had four.Four players were taken Saturday. The first Sunday selection was BYU offensive guard Tim Hanshaw, who went to San Francisco in the fourth round.

In the fifth round, Fresno State wide receiver David Dunn was taken by Cincinnati, Utah center Lance Scott by Arizona, and Wyoming running back Ryan Christopherson went to Jacksonville.

BYU defensive tackle Travis Hall was a sixth-round choice of the Atlanta Falcons. Also going in the sixth were BYU offensive tackle Eli Herring to the Los Angeles Raiders and San Diego State defensive end Jamal Duff to the New York Giants.

In the seventh round, BYU quarterback John Walsh was taken by Cincinnati, Air Force linebacker Steve Russ was taken by Denver, Utah wide receiver Curtis Marsh went to Jacksonville, Utah defensive end Bronzell Miller went to St. Louis, and Wyoming defensive end John Burrough was claimed by Atlanta.

Utah's Luther Elliss was taken Saturday in the first round by the Detroit Lions, the first first-round pick for a Utah player since Norm Thompson went to St. Louis in 1971.

New Mexico tight end David Sloan was claimed in the third round by Detroit. UNM quarterback Stoney Case was taken by the Arizona Cardinals and BYU offensive guard Evan Pilgrim by the Chicago Bears.