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BYU football: Former safety Daniel Sorensen has chance at being late draft pick

BYU safety Daniel Sorensen.
Photo by Erich Schlegel

He is known as the brother of NFL quarterback and former Southern Utah star Brad Sorensen. But, former BYU safety Daniel Sorensen is beginning to make a name for himself -- by himself. Sorensen first burst on the scene with a scintillating performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

While there he wowed scouts with a 3.95 time in the 20-yard shuttle and floored them in the 3-cone drill. At BYU’s pro day he ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and had a broad jump of 10-feet-2-inches. Those numbers should get him selected at some point at NFL Draft 2014 and on Tuesday, April 20 predicted he will be drafted in the sixth or seventh round.

Considering the draft is right around the corner, that is good news for Sorensen, who began the pre-draft proceedings as a long shot. But a solid NFL Combine combined with a surprising Pro Day has catapulted his draft stock.

Looking at Sorensen’s Twitter, you sense that he has a fondness for the head coach of the San Diego Chargers that his brother Brad plays for, or former Utah Utes star Mike McCoy. He retweeted a photo of McCoy -- essentially wishing McCoy a Happy Birthday.

While that may seem odd for someone who doesn’t have an NFL team he’s playing for yet, does it mean he’s basically committed to the Chargers already? Probably not. The Chargers do have Eric Weddle at safety, Sorensen’s likely position in the NFL.

So, his chances of going to the same team as his brother are probably slim at best. In the meantime, Sorensen will field his first interview from an NFL team this week as the Philadelphia Eagles will telephone him and ask a few probing questions.

Despite posting a picture of his brother’s coach -- which some may attribute to a conflict of interest perhaps -- Sorensen seems to have a good head on his shoulders. He also is aware that the NFL Combine -- as well as the BYU Pro Day -- were just things he’s good at doing. He knows he needs work in other areas.

“The drills I did well with were something I’ve always done well with — changing direction — and going in, I knew I would be putting up some good numbers,” Sorensen said in an interview published on Monday, April 28 in the Deseret News.

Sorensen probably knows he won’t be getting a guaranteed contract based on his current draft stock. And based on this Mock Draft published on Tuesday, April 29 he may not even be drafted. So there is always plenty of work to do to get ready in the event he’ll have to prove himself -- as a free agent.

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