Scott G Winterton

Sixteen players with ties to the state of Utah will have the chance to impress scouts and team personnel at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 22-25. A total of five from BYU, five from the U., four from Utah State, one from Dixie State and a Timpview High School graduate who attended a school outside the state will attend.

All of them have dreams of hearing their names during the 2014 NFL Draft in May, and will participate in workouts and interviews with NFL teams at the combine.

So, where does each of these players stand before they go to the combine? Here's the local players that will perform at the 2014 NFL Combine.

Kyle Van Noy



BYU outside linebacker

6-foot-3, 244 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23

2013 stats: 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, 14 quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, one safety

What others are saying: "He is a jack of all trades linebacker that could theoretically thrive in any system. There is not a particular area of the game in which he struggles, and there aren't many players in this year's class who have his football intelligence. Van Noy is worthy of a selection in the middle of the first round; however, concerns over his speed may drop him down to the second day." — Inside the War Room

Uani Unga



BYU inside linebacker

6-foot-1, 238 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23 (Note: Unga's ability to perform physical activities other than bench press will be severly limited because he tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus in the Cougars' bowl game)

2013 stats: 143 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one quarterback hurry

What others are saying: "An over-aged, competitive, physical linebacker of Tongan descent, Unga went from walk-on to captain at BYU, where he was a tackling machine in his lone season as a starter. Skill set and college responsibilities translate well to the pro game, and he’s capable of serving as a core special-teams player and solid backup for a 3-4 team." — NFL.com


Cody Hoffman



BYU wide receiver

6-foot-4, 218 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 23, bench press: Feb. 22

2013 stats: 57 receptions, 894 yards, five touchdowns

What others are saying: "Right now, Hoffman looks like a big possession receiver for the NFL, and those type of players are going on the second or third day of the draft. The senior currently looks like a second- or third-round prospect."— Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com


Eathyn Manumaleuna



BYU defensive end

6-foot-2, 288 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23.

2013 stats: 48 tackles, seven tackles for loss, a sack and a blocked kick

What others are saying: "Thick, stout, over-aged defensive lineman with functional strength, awareness and competitiveness to provide depth and effective run defense. Is scheme-versatile, having played tackle and end in a hybrid front, and could be used as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 five-technique. Good soldier."— NFL.com


Daniel Sorensen



BYU free safety

6-foot-1, 208 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 25, bench press: Feb. 24

2013 stats: 65 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, 12 passes break-ups, and a blocked kick

What others are saying: "More smart than instinctive, classic overachiever with enough size, straight-line speed and intelligence to function as a backup and special teams performer. Shows enough range to survive on the back end and toughness to interchange in the box. Can make a living on special teams."— NFL.com


Trevor Reilly



Utah outside linebacker

6-foot-4, 244 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23

2013 stats: 100 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, an interception, three pass deflections, two pass breakups, and a quarterback hurry

What others are saying: "He has a varied skill set that allows him to be great in space, has tremendous athleticism and speed with good body control. Reilly needs to play more physically, do a better job getting low, sinking his hips and using more of his strength. His fit in the NFL makes him such an intriguing prospect and while his age may be a factor, he has the ability to step in and contribute in a meaningful way the second he is drafted." — Peter Smith, With the First Pick


Jake Murphy



Utah tight end

6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

2013 stats: 25 receptions, 417 yards receiving, five touchdowns

What others are saying: "Over-aged, fairly athletic tight end/H-back who grew out of the receiver position. Missed four games as a junior because of a broken wrist and made a premature decision to leave school early in order to support his wife and daughter. Sure hands are his only standout trait." — NFL.com


Anthony Denham



Utah tight end

6-foot-4, 220 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

2013 stats: 24 receptions, 291 yards receiving, two touchdowns

What others are saying: "Long-limbed, high-cut possession receiver must learn what it means to be a pro to stand a chance to realize his potential. Very raw size prospect. Was invited to the combine as a tight end and proving he could project to the position in spring workouts could enhance his draft status." — NFL.com


Tenny Palepoi

Utah defensive tackle

6-foot-1, 304 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 24, bench press: Feb. 23

2013 stats: 53 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and a one forced fumble

What others are saying: "A quick, athletic penetrator best working in a single-gap, heavy-movement, stunting front. Flashes the ability to disrupt and could be effective working in a rotational role." — NFL.com


Keith McGill



Utah cornerback

6-foot-3, 214 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 25, bench press: Feb. 24

2013 stats: 37 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass deflections, 12 pass breakups, an interception, and a quarterback hurry

What others are saying: "At 6-3, 214 pounds, McGill played a lot of safety with the Utes and is a physically imposing corner, which NFL teams covet, thanks to Seattle's suffocating style of play. But does he truly have the speed and quickness to be a corner in the NFL?" — Mike Huguenin, College Football 24/7 writer


Nevin Lawson



Utah State cornerback

5-foot-10, 188 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 25, bench press: Feb. 24

2013 stats: 57 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 14 pass break ups, and a forced fumble

What others are saying: "A smaller corner, the 5-10 Lawson is a solid athlete but is very aggressive in coverage and loves flying around and getting chippy. While he is not an interception machine, Lawson does a good job of recognizing a play and batting the ball away. He is a late round value and could end up developing into a stud nickel corner." — Ben Natan, With the First Pick


Maurice Alexander

Utah State strong safety

6-foot-1, 210 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 25, bench press: Feb. 24

2013 stats: 79 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, an interception, six pass break ups, and one forced fumble

What others are saying: "Big, physical, athletic, converted linebacker who will have to carve a niche as a box defender and special-teams contributor to hold down a roster spot as a reserve safety. Size and aggressiveness will earn him a look in a league increasingly desirous of such traits in the secondary." — NFL.com


Tyler Larsen



Utah State center

6-foot-3, 312 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

2013 stats: 14 starts, all at center

What others are saying: "STRENGTHS: Tall, barrel-chested center with surprising mobility. Good initial quickness off the ball. Can turn and seal off defenders in the running game, creating effective lanes. … WEAKNESSES: Bit top-heavy and may possess shorter-than-ideal arms as too often strong defensive tackles are able to slip free from his blocks. … COMPARES TO: Jonathan Goodwin, 49ers: Like the 49ers' standout, Larsen is a physical, battle-tested pivot with the size and light feet to handle playing guard in a pinch." — Rob Rang, CBSSports.com


D.J. Tialavea

Utah State tight end

6-foot-4, 266 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

What others are saying: "Looks like Tarzan, but plays like Jane and must learn how to convert his natural strength to the field to earn his way in the NFL. Has raw moldable tools to be groomed as a developmental H-back or move tight end." — NFL.com


Joe Don Duncan



Dixie State tight end

6-foot-2, 264 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

2013 stats: 71 receptions, 1,045 yards, 13 touchdowns

What others are saying: "Duncan, who was used as a blocker and pass-catcher in college, has the versatility and experience at multiple positions to provide value to almost every NFL team. Duncan is strong at the catch point, gets consistent separation at both receiver and tight end, and handles physicality well as he attacks defenses vertically. Reminding me of Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, Duncan can make an immediate impact with an NFL team as a late-rounder." — Eric Galko, Bleacher Report


Xavier Su'a-Filo



Timpview High offensive lineman (played left guard and left tackle at UCLA)

6-foot-3, 325 pounds

Combine workout day: Feb. 22, bench press: Feb. 21

2013 stats: 13 starts (seven at left guard and six at left tackle

What others are saying: Strengths: Powerfully built. Very good initial quickness, hand placement and impressive upper body strength to gain the initial advantage on defenders. Due to his core strength and flexibility, Su'a-Filo anchors very well against bull-rushes and shows lateral agility and balance in pass pro. …Weakness: Has a tendency to lose leverage on contact." — CBSSports.com