All three days of this year’s NFL draft are expected to be busy for Utah ties, if mock drafts are to be believed.

There are close to a dozen prospects with Utah ties who could hear their name called when the draft takes place later this month in Kansas City (April 27-29).

A look at recent mock drafts helps give a better perspective of when players from Utah, BYU and a few Utah high schools may come off the board.

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For this roundup, the Deseret News found mock drafts of varying lengths.

There are 10 first round only mock drafts released in the past week from various national writers: The Athletic’s Diante Lee, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson, NFL.com’s Charles Davis, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, For The Win’s Christian D’Andrea, Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson, NFL Network’s Rhett Lewis, Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso and NBC Sports’ Eric Froton.

Eight other mock drafts of varying lengths were also used: there are two two-round mock drafts (ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Draft Network’s Jack McKessy), two three-round mock drafts (Athlon Sports’ Luke Easterling and The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Eddie Brown), a four-round mock draft (NFL.com’s Chad Reuter), a five-round mock draft (Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell) and two seven-round mock drafts (Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer and Pro Football Network’s Ian Cummings).

Here’s a look at the results:


Utah Utes Dalton Kincaid runs with the ball while playing the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 championship at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. The Utes won 47-24. | Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Diante Lee, The Athletic126Dallas Cowboys
Will Brinson, CBS Sports110Philadelphia Eagles
Charles Davis, NFL.com115Green Bay Packers
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports118Detroit Lions
Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus115Green Bay Packers
Rhett Lewis, NFL Network118Detroit Lions
Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network118Detroit Lions
Eric Froton, NBC Sports126Dallas Cowboys
Mel Kiper, ESPN115Green Bay Packers
Jack McKessy, Draft Network121Los Angeles Chargers
Luke Easterling, Athlon Sports117Green Bay Packers
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune126Dallas Cowboys
Chad Reuter, NFL.com126Dallas Cowboys
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football126Dallas Cowboys
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News238Las Vegas Raiders
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network127Buffalo Bills

Of note: There’s an emerging group of teams that many experts see being in the market for Kincaid, chief among them the Cowboys, Packers and Lions.

Of the 10 first round only mock drafts used for this article, two of them didn’t include Kincaid, but he is largely seen as a mid first-round to early second-round selection.


BYU offensive lineman Blake Freeland runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 5, 2023. | Erin Hooley, Associated Press

Blake Freeland, OT, BYU and Herriman High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Mel Kiper, ESPN247Washington Commanders
Luke Easterling, Athlon Sports379Indianapolis Colts
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune368Denver Broncos
Chad Reuter, NFL.com399San Francisco 49ers
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News369Los Angeles Rams
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network236Kansas City Chiefs

Of note: The five-round mock draft from Walter Football didn’t include Freeland. Otherwise, the others see the 6-foot-8, 305-pound lineman as a solid candidate to go on Day 2 of the draft.


Utah Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III glides into the end zone after intercepting a pass against Oregon State.
Utah Utes cornerback Clark Phillips III (1) glides into the end zone for a touchdown after intercepting a pass as Utah and Oregon State play at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Clark Phillips, CB, Utah

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Jack McKessy, Draft Network246New England Patriots
Luke Easterling, Athlon Sports257New York Giants
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune369Los Angeles Rams
Chad Reuter, NFL.com4111Cleveland Browns
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football260Cincinnati Bengals
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News236Los Angeles Rams
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network364Chicago Bears

Of note: Phillips is seen as a strong Day 2 draft candidate, and in one instance — with Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer — he is the first Ute to come off the board.


Baylor defensive lineman Siaki Ika (62) celebrates a sack during an NCAA college football game against BYU, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Provo, Utah. | George Frey, Associated Press

Siaki Ika, DT, East High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Jack McKessy, Draft Network254Los Angeles Chargers
Luke Easterling, Athlon Sports365Houston Texans
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune254Los Angeles Chargers
Chad Reuter, NFL.com4121Jacksonville Jaguars
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football380Pittsburgh Steelers
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News232Pittsburgh Steelers
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network3100Las Vegas Raiders

Of note: The former Baylor and LSU defensive tackle is a popular pick to be a Day 2 draftee.


Oregon football player Noah Sewell (1) participates in a position drill at the school’s NFL pro day, Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Eugene, Ore. | Amanda Loman, Associated Press

Noah Sewell, LB, Orem High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Luke Easterling, Athlon Sports389New York Giants
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune259Buffalo Bills
Chad Reuter, NFL.com248Detroit Lions
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football372Tennessee Titans
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News370Las Vegas Raiders
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network380Pittsburgh Steelers

Of note: The former Oregon standout, similarly, is seen as a likely Day 2 selection, with NFL.com’s Chad Reuter predicting he will be paired in Detroit with brother and offensive tackle Penei Sewell, a first-round selection in 2021.


Utah Utes offensive lineman Braeden Daniels talks to members of the media after the first day of fall camp outside of the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Braeden Daniels, OL, Utah

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune378Green Bay Packers
Chad Reuter, NFL.com4109Philadelphia Eagles
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News6194Detroit Lions
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network5145Carolina Panthers

Of note: Where Daniels will be selected is tough to pin down — some projections have him going off the board on Day 2, while others believe he is a mid-to-late-round selection.


BYU quarterback Jaren Hall participates in BYU’s 2023 pro day.
BYU quarterback Jaren Hall participates in BYU’s pro day at the school’s practice facility in Provo on Friday, March 24, 2023. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Jaren Hall, QB, BYU and Maple Mountain High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football4123Seattle Seahawks
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News4123Seattle Seahawks
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network6193Washington Commanders

Of note: Hall is largely seen as a Day 3 prospect — from these projections, both the Seahawks and Commanders are places where he could back up the team’s starter for awhile with the chance to take over down the line.


American tight end Cameron Latu of Alabama (80) warms up before the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, in Mobile, Ala. | Butch Dill, Associated Press

Cameron Latu, TE, Olympus High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Charlie Campbell, Walter Football5146New Orleans Saints
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News4127Jacksonville Jaguars
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network5156Los Angeles Chargers

Of note: The former Alabama tight end, who was recruited as a linebacker out of Olympus, is now projected to be a Day 3 pick at an offensive skill position after growing into the position with the Crimson Tide.


BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua scores on BYU’s first play from scrimmage in BYU’s 2022 season opener against USF.
BYU wide receiver Puka Nacua (12) scores on BYU’s first play from scrimmage in BYU’s season opener against USF, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2023, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. | Robert W. Grover, for the Deseret News

Puka Nacua, WR, BYU and Orem High

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network4129Dallas Cowboys

Of note: A fourth-round selection seems high for Nacua, though the former Cougar is an intriguing prospect who could come off the board sometime on the draft’s final day.


Utah linebacker Mohamoud Diabate participates in the school’s NFL pro day at the University of Utah practice facility on Thursday, March 23, 2023.
Utah linebacker Mohamoud Diabate participates in the school’s NFL pro day at the University of Utah practice facility on Thursday, March 23, 2023. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Mohamoud Diabate, LB, Utah

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network5162Indianapolis Colts

Of note: The transfer from Florida could give Utah another late-round selection after impressing at Utah’s pro day.


BYU defensive backs Kaleb Hayes, left, and Matthew Criddle practice in the Indoor Practice Facility at BYU in Provo on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Kaleb Hayes, CB, BYU

Writer, publicationRoundPickTeam
Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network7243New York Giants

Of note: Hayes ran a 4.31-second 40 at BYU’s pro day, and that performance could be enough for a team to take a late-round flier on him.

One final note

One mock draft, from Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer, had former Utah running back Tavion Thomas being selected in the fourth round (No. 103 overall). Earlier this week, Thomas, the Utes’ leading rusher the past two seasons, was arrested for investigation of two incidents of domestic violence. He is scheduled for a hearing April 21.