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Morning links: Garett Bolles a projected first-round pick; Utes, Cougars on collision course in NIT?

Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles is seen before a drill at the 2017 NFL football scouting combine Friday, March 3, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles is seen before a drill at the 2017 NFL football scouting combine Friday, March 3, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
Gregory Payan, AP

Nate Davis of USA Today released his latest NFL mock draft, and former University of Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles landed with the Detroit Lions at No. 21.

Of Bolles, Davis wrote, "His sweet feet were on full display in Indianapolis, and he's got a mean streak that the folks in Motown would surely appreciate. Last year's first rounder, Taylor Decker, played capably at left tackle but could flip to the right side if Bolles proves the better option on QB Matthew Stafford's blind side."


Possible NIT matchup projected between Utes and Cougars

NYC Buckets released its latest NIT Bracketology and both the Utah Utes and the BYU Cougars are in the field.

The site has Utah as a No. 2 seed facing off against the New Mexico State Aggies in the first round. It also the Cougars in the same bracket as the No. 3 seed squaring off against the Fresno State Bulldogs.

If Utah and BYU win their first round matchups, they would face off in the second round.


Trey Lyles, Dante Exum ranked among best 22 NBA players under 22

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report ranked the top 22 players in the NBA under the age of 22 and two Utah Jazz players made the list. Second-year forward Trey Lyles came in at No. 19 while Dante Exum landed at No. 14.

After talking about Lyles' struggles this season, Buckley wrote, "On the right night, the 6'10" contemporary forward dazzles with an overwhelming offensive arsenal. His shooting range runs past the three-point line, and if he's crowded beyond the arc, he can slice through the defense and generate looks for himself or his teammates."

Of Exum, Buckley wrote, "Exum is averaging fewer minutes since Feb. 1 than he did before (16.1, down from 19.0), but he's averaging more points (7.1 from 5.8) and shooting a much higher percentage (48.2 from 40.7). His usage percentage is up four points since the All-Star break (21.9 from 17.9). He's giving himself a chance to realize his upside, which still intrigues as much as his freakish natural gifts."

Karl-Anthony Towns was ranked No. 1 on the list followed by Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner.