NFL Draft: Which High Schools in Utah are putting players in the Pros

NFL Draft: Which High Schools in Utah are putting players in the Pros

by Daniel Olsen

Another NFL Draft has come and gone, but it remains relevant long after Mr. Irrelevant is drafted. Braxton Jones of SUU was the only Utah high school football player to be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. Other Utah college players like Deven Thompkins of USU and Tyler Allgeier of BYU came out of Florida and California respectively. Devin Lloyd of Utah also came out of California.

Manti High School product Derek Wright (USU) signed a UFA contract with the Carolina Panthers. Other former Utah high school players like Britain Covey (Timpview), Samson Nacua (Timpview), Jaylen Warren (East), Nephi Sewell (Desert Hills) and James Empey (American Fork) all signed contracts with teams following the NFL Draft.

While this year was a home run for the overall team success of colleges in Utah, it was perhaps a base hit in terms of players selected in the NFL Draft. While that is out of their control, these players can still earn their spot on a roster in other ways. It’s time to look at which high schools have historically produced the most NFL players. While their colleges had plenty to do with their development, high school mentors have proven important for young players as well.

For the purpose of this article, only teams with multiple players drafted in the 21st century will be considered. Only two schools have had three players selected since the 2000 NFL Draft. Plenty of players from outside of Utah have also represented the state well in the NFL Draft after playing college here, but that’s a list for another day.

There also were a great deal of players that didn’t get drafted that still found their ways onto NFL rosters. Many of them, drafted or not, are listed on Block U along with players drafted from the 20th century. Others, like Zach Wilson of Corner Canyon, hope to be the first of many players on the rise from new schools like these that are already powerhouse programs.

Who is your favorite high school football player in Utah State history? Let us know by reaching out to and we would love to hear your reason why. Whether they got to the pros, college or just hung up the cleats after high school, everyone has a story in this state.

Timpview: 4

Pita Taumoepenu: 2017, San Francisco 49ers

Bronson Kaufusi: 2016, Baltimore Ravens

Xavier Su’a-Filo: 2014, Houston Texans

Stephen Paea: 2011, Chicago Bears

Bingham: 4

Dax Milne: 2021, Washington Football Team

Dalton Schultz: 2018, Dallas Cowboys

Star Lotulelei: 2013, Carolina Panthers

Kevin Curtis: 2003, St. Louis Rams

Highland: 3

Nate Orchard: 2015, Cleveland Browns

Stewart Bradley: 2007, Philadelphia Eagles

Haloti Ngata: 2006, Baltimore Ravens

Skyline: 3

Tony Bergstrom: 2012, Oakland Raiders

Brandon Doman: 2002, San Francisco 49ers

John Frank: 2000, Philadelphia Eagles

East: 2

Fui Vakapuna: 2009, Cincinnati Bengals

Sione Po’uha: 2005, New York Jets

Hillcrest (Midvale): 2

Zane Beadles: 2010, Denver Broncos

Scott Young: 2005, Philadelphia Eagles

Lone Peak: 2

Shawn Murphy: 2008, Miami Dolphins

C.J. Ah You: 2007, Buffalo Bills

Featured Image courtesy Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

2 thoughts on “NFL Draft: Which High Schools in Utah are putting players in the Pros

  1. Jay Tufele was drafted last year. Played his high school ball at Bingham. That makes 5 drafted from Bingham for your list.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: