2022 NFL Draft Day 3 follow-up: Coverage of every drafted or signed Utah tie

The Deseret News has you covered for the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft and where Utah’s ties are heading. Check back throughout the day to find out where BYU, Utah, USU and Southern Utah players, as well as Utah natives, are being drafted or signed as agents free.

Draft recap and undrafted free agent signings

Here’s where every Utah tie is heading, whether through the draft, free agency, or a mini-camp invite (as designated):


  • Tyler Allgeier, RB – Atlanta Falcons, fifth round, 151st overall pick
  • Samson Nacua, WR, BYU, Utah and Timpview High — Indianapolis Colts, free agent, by Stephen Holder of The Athletic
  • James Empey, C, BYU and American Fork High — Dallas Cowboys, free agent, by Duane Manyweather
  • Neil Pau’u, WR – Buffalo Bills, free agent, by BYU


Utah State

Southern Utah

  • Braxton Jones, OT, Southern Utah and Murray High — Chicago Bears, fifth round, 168th overall pick

Weber’s state


  • Jaylen Warren, RB, Oklahoma State, Utah State, Snow College and East High — Pittsburgh Steelers, free agent, by Aaron Wilson

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Southern Utah offensive tackle Braxton Jones (77) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Mobile, Ala.

Butch Dill, Associated Press

Fifth round: SUU’s Braxton Jones drafted by Chicago Bears

Braxton Jones joined an elite club in southern Utah.

The FCS All-American offensive tackle became the fourth NFL draft pick in SUU history when the Chicago Bears selected Jones in the fifth round (168th overall pick) of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Jones has had a fulfilling career in Southern Utah over the past five seasons. He was an Associated Press FCS First-Team All-American, Hero Sports FCS All-American, and a two-time First-Team All-Big Sky winner.

Jones, who prepared at Murray High, joins quarterback Brad Sorensen (seventh round, 2013), safety Miles Killebrew (fourth round, 2016) and cornerback LeShaun Sims (fifth round, 2016) as that SUU draft pick.

What others said about Braxton Jones

“Jones is fast and has excellent length, but he’s very heavy and doesn’t have the speed to mirror the fast rushers in the pro pass. He shoots out of position and gets a good pop on contact as a run blocker. He has good range and drives sonic angles up to second tier, but he rarely wins the battle for leverage and/or knocks defenders out of the line. — ESPN’s Steve Muench.

“Jones needs improved timing, technique and grounding before he’s ready for NFL reps, but his movement abilities and length are exceptional fundamental traits. Although he will need an adjustment period, he has the tools to be a beginner on the road. — Dane Brugler from Athletic.

“Jones has times where he can surpass his competitive level with height and length, but currently lacks the technique and strength to be successful against NFL defensemen. … He has the advantage of becoming an average starting left tackle, but the swing tackle seems to be the safest projection. — Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

What others said about the selection

“New OC Luke Getsy values ​​the movement capabilities and range of his offensive linemen. The long-limbed Jones fits the mold with his athleticism, footwork and body control to perform tough zone tasks. –Mark Dulgerian of NFL.com.

Brigham Young Cougars running back Tyler Allgeier runs at Logan on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Round five: BYU’s Tyler Allgeier defeated by Atlanta Falcons

Tyler Allgeier spent the 2021 season setting the single-season running record at BYU.

He will spend 2022 in an Atlanta Falcons uniform.

Allgeier was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (151st overall pick) of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday, securing BYU at least one draft pick in six of the past seven years.

He is the first former Cougar running back to be drafted since Jamaal Williams was selected in the fourth round in 2017.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Allgeier set BYU’s single-season mark by rushing for 1,601 yards and 23 touchdowns last year, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that he started to BYU as a walk-on out of Fontana, California.

He finished his Cougar career with 2,899 rushing yards — fifth in program history — and 36 rushing touchdowns.

What Others Said About Tyler Allgeier

“Overall, Allgeier is not an explosive runner, but he runs with an instinctive feel and quick feet for a bigger ball carrier and shows the passing game has the potential to be a fullback. NFL. He reminds me of Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner. — Dane Brugler from Athletic.

“Allgeier is a big defender with good foot speed for his size, and he shows the ability to make defenders miss. His burst through the hole is average and he is not a breakaway threat. He is an effective pass blocker who comes forward and is strong enough to anchor himself. He’s more of a control than a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. — ESPN’s Steve Muench.

“Well-built, highly productive zonal runner with impressive vision and feel for the job. Allgeier is gentle and instinctive with a unique talent. It effectively navigates the ebbs and flows of traffic lane development. He is more agile than nervous and relies on his ability to deal quickly. — Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

What others said about the selection

“The door is wide open for the RB2 job in Atlanta, and the Falcons land a great fit for their system. Allgeier should feel comfortable in Atlanta’s outdoor area program, which BYU specializes in. –Mark Dulgerian of NFL.com.

“The Falcons have a fantastic football player and an incredibly humble and hard-working teammate with the physical versatility and football IQ to contribute in many different ways. He is the kind of person who will always succeed and improve. I’m excited for Tyler. I can’t wait to follow his career in the NFL. – BYU head coach Kalani Sitake.

Fourth round

  • No Utah draw was selected in the fourth round.
  • BYU’s Tyler Allgeier slowly rose through the ranks on the best lineup available for running backs, with five running backs in the fourth. Now, Allgeier is the No. 15 RB on ESPN’s best available list and the sixth-highest-rated fullback remaining on the NFL.com chart.
  • SUU’s Braxton Jones is the No. 3 offensive tackle on ESPN’s best available list and the fifth-highest-rated OT on the NFL.com chart. Four offensive tackles were taken in the fourth round.

Which Utah ties have the best chance of being drafted in Rounds 4-7?

Here’s a primer on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, as well as how to watch the draft.

How long do teams have to make each NFL Draft selection?

A note on how much time teams have to make their picks on the final day of the draft.

  • Rounds 4 to 6: 5 minutes.
  • Round 7: 4 minutes.

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