2016 NFL Draft: Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

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#90 DE Bronson Kaufusi (6’7 | 285 | 4.78)

His size and athletic profile alone would be tempting to NFL teams, but Kaufusi had a break out year production wise as well with 10 sacks, 15.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, and and interception. Scouts are mixed on what Kaufasi’s position will be in the NFL, whether he has the quickness to beat NFL tackles off the edge as a 4-3 DE or is better off as a run stopping DE in a 3-4 scheme. With so many teams playing hybrid defenses these days, his versatility should help Kaufusi hear his name called late on day two. Like most BYU players Kaufusi missed two years on a mission so is a couple years older than the average rookie.

Projection: 3rd-4th round

#10 WR Mitch Mathews (6’6 | 215 | 4.70)

He has run sub 4.6 40’s earlier in his college career and looked like a potential NFL prospect in 2014 after 73 catches for 922 yards and 9 TDs. Mathews wasn’t quite as good last year with 52 catches for 729 yards but did increase his TDs to 11. He’ll probably have to run better than a 4.70 to get drafted before day 3, but he reportedly has an excellent vertical and with his elite size could at worst be a dangerous red zone weapon.

Projection: 5th-6th round

*QB Taysom Hill was considered a mid-to-late round prospect before a season-ending foot injury.

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