When everyone in the state seemed to be expecting a Utah Utes star or even a BYU Cougar player's name being called, how sweet is it for Utah State Aggies football players to hear two of their players drafted earlier than expected at NFL Draft 2014?
It happened that way for cornerback Nevin Lawson, who went to the Detroit Lions on Saturday, May 10 with the 33rd overall pick at the draft. Lawson, a 5-foot-10 inch, 185-pound cornerback from Jamaica via Florida, was also a first-team All Mountain West Conference selection in his senior year.
He will join BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy -- who was drafted in the second round -- on the Detroit Lions roster, provided of course that Lawson makes the team. Players drafted after the third round are not always guaranteed player contracts.
Lawson wasn’t the only Aggie to have been drafted on Saturday. Mo Alexander, who many believed would go much later in the draft -- WalterFootball.com predicted for weeks he’d be a late rounder -- was actually selected by his hometown St. Louis Rams in the fourth round with the 110th overall pick.
That also gave Alexander, a 6-foot-2-inch, 212-pound safety, the distinction of being the first Aggie selected at NFL Draft 2014. It also completed a whirlwind college football career in which Alexander was arrested for aggravated assault, reformed himself and became a highly touted player at Utah State.
Both Lawson and Alexander are great stories for Utah State Aggies football fans. Though neither has made their new respective teams yet -- they certainly have a leg up on the rest of the competition coming into training camp.
Lawson was thought to have possibly gone higher than the fourth round so his drop was probably a bit of a disappointment. But, it’s nothing but sunshine ahead for both he and Alexander in the NFL.