Utah running back T.J. Pledger jumps over Ohio State cornerback Ryan Watts in the 108th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. Pledger is among a handful of Utes hoping to take their game to the NFL.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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Utah didn’t have any players selected in the NFL draft a year ago because no Utes made themselves available to be drafted.

A year later, after a Pac-12 championship and Rose Bowl appearance, several former Utah players could be taken this weekend.

Linebacker Devin Lloyd headlines the group of NFL hopefuls — and he’s expected to be taken in the first round.

Coach Kyle Whittingham will be with Lloyd in Las Vegas for the draft, which kicks off Thursday.

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“Devin is a special football player. He’s the best defender that’s ever come through the University of Utah, at least in the modern era,” said Whittingham. “He’s going to be, most likely, the highest drafted defensive player that we’ve had.”

Several other Utes could either be drafted or sign undrafted free agent contracts this weekend, including offensive lineman Nick Ford, running back T.J. Pledger, linebacker Nephi Sewell, defensive lineman

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