While grading every NFL team’s undrafted free-agent haul, Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report had plenty to say about former BYU Cougars Kai Nacua and Algernon Brown as well as former Utah Utes, Tim Patrick and Hunter Dimick.
Speaking about Patrick, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens, Davenport wrote, "Utah's Tim Patrick is lanky and quick with the ability to high-point the football well. Three times for the Utes in 2016, Patrick caught at least five passes, topped 100 yards and found the end zone, including against USC and star cornerback Adoree Jackson."
Talking about Nacua, who signed with the Cleveland Browns, Davenport continued, "Safety Kai Nacua of Brigham Young is a rangy and athletic ball hawk who measured third among all safeties in the this year's draft in the SPARQ metric. It's a guarantee that tidbit didn't escape the attention of Cleveland's analytically driven front office."
Talking about Dimick as a key addition for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Davenport wrote, "the Jaguars may have gotten a gift this year in the form of Utah defensive end Hunter Dimick."
Discussing Brown, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks, Davenport said, "BYU fullback Algernon Brown is a bruising 250-pounder at a position where the Seahawks have a need."
Utes in the bottom half of the Pac-12 in strength of schedule
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports released his Pac-12 strength of schedule rankings for the 2017 football season, and the Utah Utes came in at No. 8.
Talking about the Utes' schedule, Fornelli wrote, "Utah is yet another team from the South with bad enough luck to draw Stanford, Washington and Oregon all from the North this season. Making matters worse, both Oregon and Washington are road games. The Utes will also hit the road to take on USC in mid-October, and while these are all difficult games, plenty of other Pac-12 teams have similar slates. What they don't have are nonconference schedules consisting of North Dakota, BYU and San Jose State."
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