Each summer over the past nine years, the Deseret News has created a master list of Utah ties in the NFL during the offseason. This year, we found 77 Utah ties on an NFL roster. Training camps kick off in full this week.

How does the number of Utah ties on NFL rosters in 2022 compare to past seasons?

The 77 Utah ties on NFL rosters this offseason is down a dozen from last year, when 89 locals dotted rosters.

Prior to that, there were 74 in 202076 in 2019 and 79 in 2018.

During the 2017 offseason, there were 90 Utah ties on NFL rosters during the offseason — the high watermark in recent years.

In 2016, there were 75 Utah ties on rosters during the summer, with 70 in 2015 and 66 in 2014.

The 77 local players on NFL rosters this offseason includes 18 rookies, with three draft picks and 15 undrafted free agents.

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Here’s a breakdown of those 77 players (note: they can count towards multiple categories, and a player’s local tie on the FBS/FCS college level is determined by the last Utah school they attended):

  • 26 who played at the University of Utah (down from 29 last year).
  • 22 who played at BYU (down from 26 last year).
  • 13 who played at Utah State (down from 14 last year).
  • 4 who played at Weber State (equal to 4 last year).
  • 2 who played at Southern Utah (up from 1 last year).
  • 2 who played at Snow College (down from 4 last year).
  • 33 who played football at Utah high schools (down from 42 last year).

Keep in mind, the total number of Utah ties in the NFL will shrink significantly over the next few weeks, as teams trim their rosters from 90 (the number of players allowed during the offseason) to 53 for the regular season.

Oftentimes, more than a dozen or so players with Utah ties are waived during training camp or preseason competition. Some will end up on a practice squad somewhere else.

Why are there fewer Utah ties in the NFL this offseason?

  • Utah and BYU continue to lead the way for Utah ties on NFL rosters, though both schools have seen their representation shrink from a year ago.
  • BYU saw fewer rookies enter the NFL this offseason — just four, including draft pick Tyler Allgeier, are on teams right now — and subsequently has four fewer players in the NFL right now compared to last season.
  • Utah, meanwhile, has nine rookies in the league — including first-round draft pick Devin Lloyd — but an unusually high amount of former Utes are currently free agents, among them former first-round pick Star Lotulelei. (There’s a full list of free agents at the end of the article.)
  • BYU has closed the gap on Utah for representation on NFL rosters — for the second straight year, BYU is within five players of the University of Utah. Back in 2020, Utah had 30 players on NFL offseason rosters, while BYU had just 12. A sizable rookie class in 2021 helped BYU close that gap, and time will tell if BYU can have enough of those players stick around.
  • Utah State has seen its NFL representation dip a little in the past couple years, though the school is routinely seeing a number in the early to mid teens of former players on offseason rosters.
  • Last year was a strong year for Utah high schoolers entering the NFL — there were seven total Utah high schoolers taken in the 2021 draft and a total of 10 Utah high school rookies overall. This year, only seven players who played at Utah high schools are entering the league as rookies.

Who are the 77 Utah ties on NFL rosters this offseason?

Here’s a look at each Utah tie in the NFL, listed by school in alphabetical order:

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, left, looks to throw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. | John Munson, Associated Press

BYU players in the NFL

PlayerPos.NFL teamUtah high school (if applicable)
Tyler AllgeierRBAtlanta FalconsN/A
Zayne AndersonSKansas City ChiefsStansbury
Matt BushmanTEKansas City ChiefsN/A
Brady ChristensenOTCarolina PanthersBountiful
Michael DavisCBLos Angeles ChargersN/A
James EmpeyCDallas CowboysAmerican Fork
Taysom HillTENew Orleans SaintsN/A
Harvey LangiLBNew England PatriotsBingham
Dax MilneWRWashington CommandersBingham
Kai Nacua SNew York JetsN/A
Samson NacuaWRIndianapolis ColtsTimpview
Neil Pau'uWRBuffalo BillsN/A
Daniel SorensenSNew Orleans SaintsN/A
Sione TakitakiLBCleveland BrownsN/A
Khyiris TongaDTChicago BearsGranger
Kyle Van NoyLBLos Angeles ChargersN/A
Fred WarnerLBSan Francisco 49ersN/A
Troy WarnerSTampa Bay BuccaneersN/A
Chris WilcoxCBIndianapolis ColtsN/A
Jamaal WilliamsRBDetroit LionsN/A
Ty'Son WilliamsRBIndianapolis ColtsN/A
Zach WilsonQBNew York JetsCorner Canyon

Baltimore Ravens safety Marcus Williams answers questions during a news conference after an NFL football practice Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Owings Mills, Md. | Gail Burton, Associated Press

Utah players in the NFL

PlayerPos.NFL teamUtah high school (if applicable)Utah junior college (If applicable)
Bradlee AnaeDENew York JetsN/AN/A
Cody BartonLBSeattle SeahawksBrightonN/A
Jackson BartonOTLas Vegas RaidersBrightonN/A
Julian BlackmonFSIndianapolis ColtsLaytonN/A
Marquise Blair SSeattle SeahawksN/AN/A
Garett BollesOTDenver BroncosWestlakeSnow
Terrell BurgessSLos Angeles RamsN/AN/A
Britain CoveyWRPhiladelphia EaglesTimpviewN/A
Nick FordCJacksonville JaguarsN/AN/A
Cole FotheringhamTELas Vegas RaidersN/AN/A
Leki FotuDTArizona CardinalsHerrimanN/A
Matt GayKLos Angeles RamsOremN/A
Javelin GuidryDBNew York JetsN/AN/A
Tyler HuntleyQBBaltimore RavensN/AN/A
Jaylon JohnsonCBChicago BearsN/AN/A
Devin LloydLBJacksonville JaguarsN/AN/A
Zack MossRBBuffalo BillsN/AN/A
Bamidele OlaseniOLLas Vegas RaidersN/AN/A
Tim PatrickWRDenver BroncosN/AN/A
T.J. PledgerRBArizona CardinalsN/AN/A
Hauati PututauDTGreen Bay PackersCottonwoodN/A
Eric RoweSMiami DolphinsN/AN/A
Nephi SewellLBNew Orleans SaintsDeseret HillsN/A
Mika TafuaDEDallas CowboysN/AN/A
Marcus WilliamsFSBaltimore RavensN/AN/A
Mitch WishnowskyPSan Francisco 49ersN/AN/A

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner stretches during an NFL mini camp football practice Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. | Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

Utah State players in the NFL

PlayerPos.NFL teamUtah high school (if applicable)Utah junior college (if applicable)
Jalen DavisCBCincinnati BengalsN/AN/A
Kyler FackrellLBLas Vegas RaidersN/AN/A
Tipa GaleaiLBGreen Bay PackersN/AN/A
Tyler LarsenCWashington CommandersJordanN/A
Dallin LeavittSGreen Bay PackersN/AN/A
Jordan LoveQBGreen Bay PackersN/AN/A
Patrick ScalesLSChicago Bears WeberN/A
Deven ThompkinsWRTampa Bay BuccaneersN/AN/A
Darwin ThompsonRBSeattle SeahawksN/AN/A
Nick VigilLBArizona CardinalsFremontN/A
Bobby WagnerMLBLos Angeles RamsN/AN/A
Jaylen WarrenRBPittsburgh SteelersEastSnow
Derek WrightWRCarolina PanthersN/AN/A

Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (24) rushes the passer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Orchard park, N.Y., Sunday Dec. 19, 2021. | Jeffrey T. Barnes, Associated Press

Other college players in the NFL

PlayerPos.NFL teamCollegeUtah high school (if applicable)
Braxton JonesOTChicago BearsSouthern UtahMurray
Miles KillebrewSPittsburgh SteelersSouthern UtahN/A
Taron JohnsonCBBuffalo BillsWeber StateN/A
Sua OpetaOGPhiladelphia EaglesWeber StateStansbury
Rashid ShaheedWR/RSNew Orleans SaintsWeber StateN/A
Jonah WilliamsDELos Angeles RamsWeber StateN/A

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. | Seth Wenig, Associated Press

Other Utah high school players in the NFL

PlayerPos.NFL teamUtah high school
Kaden EllissLBNew Orleans SaintsJudge Memorial
Simi FehokoWRDallas CowboysBrighton
Alohi GilmanSLos Angeles ChargersOrem
Porter GustinDEMiami DolphinsSalem Hills
Andre JamesOTLas Vegas RaidersHerriman
Bryan MoneDTSeattle SeahawksHighland
Dalton SchultzTEDallas CowboysBingham
Penei SewellOTDetroit LionsDesert Hills
Noah TogiaiTEPhiladelphia EaglesHunter
Jay TufeleDTJacksonville JaguarsBingham

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (98) runs onto the field for an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. | Gary McCullough, Associated Press

Free agents with Utah ties who were on NFL rosters last season

PlayerPos.Previous NFL teamUtah tie(s)
Tristen HogeOGDenver BroncosBYU
Bronson KaufusiTEGreen Bay PackersBYU, Timpview
Corbin KaufusiOLSan Francisco 49ersBYU, Timpview
Brian AllenCBCleveland BrownsUtah
Francis BernardLBDallas CowboysUtah, Herriman
Devontae BookerRBNew York GiantsUtah
Chase HansenLBNew Orleans SaintsUtah, Lone Peak
Star LotuleleiDTBuffalo BillsUtah, Bingham, Snow
Jared NorrisLBWashington CommandersUtah
Nate OrchardDEWashington CommandersUtah, Highland
Darrin PauloOLDetroit LionsUtah
Jeremiah PoutasiOLLas Vegas Raiders Utah
Pita TaumoepenuLBDenver BroncosUtah, Timpview
Sam TeviOTIndianapolis ColtsUtah
Dominik EberleKCarolina PanthersUtah State
Nevin LawsonCBJacksonville JaguarsUtah State
JoJo NatsonWR/Ret.Cleveland BrownsUtah State
Jordan DeveyOLBuffalo BillsAmerican Fork, Snow
Marcus KempWRKansas City ChiefsLayton
Xavier Su'a-FiloOGCincinnati BengalsTimpview
John UrsuaWRSeattle SeahawksCedar, Westlake
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