By: Mitch Harper (Twitter: @Mitch_Harper)
We all knew it was going to be a reach for either BYU’s Vic So’oto (DE) or Brian Logan (CB) to hear their names called during the 3-Day event known as the NFL Draft. Logan and So’oto didn’t hear their names called. This was the first NFL Draft since 1994 where BYU didn’t have a player drafted by a NFL squad.
With the NFL Lockout back in place, So’oto and Logan are not able to sign Undrafted Free Agent contracts with any teams. No franchise can sign anyone at this point, until the lockout is lifted.
So’oto and Logan have some options however. They can pursue a career in the UFL, which has seen some of their players get picked up into the NFL. There is also a strong possibility in Brian Logan’s case that he comes back as a Graduate Assistant. Logan who came to BYU as a JC transfer from Foothill College, left BYU with a degree and a passion for what the program did for him. Coach Mendenhall has stated in the past that Logan is welcome back in the program at anytime.
Don’t expect that BYU will become a fixture of not producing players into the Draft. It was due to having a very young team last year and Matt Reynolds who was a potential 1st Round pick decided to come back for his Senior season.
Reynolds was projected by Pro Football Weekly as a 1st Round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Players like Jordan Pendleton, Braden Hansen, Braden Brown, Uona Kaveinga, and Jake Heaps have Sundays in their future in the coming years. There is a ton of NFL-talent in this program going forward.