CONTEST: Where will BYU’s Sione Takitaki land in this year’s NFL Draft?

The 2019 NFL Draft is almost here! Beginning this Thursday evening at 6 PM MST the names of college football stars will begin to be called and they’ll become the newest members of one of the 32 NFL franchises. The NFL Draft consists of 7 rounds and 254 total selections.


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NFL Draft schedule

Thursday, April 25: 8:00 p.m. EDT

Round 1

ESPN and ESPN Deportes

Friday, April 26: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Rounds 2-3

ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes

Saturday, April 27: Noon EDT

Rounds 4-7

ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Deportes


Former Cougars looking to join the league

Some of the former Cougar football players that hope to hear their names called or to sign free agent deals this weekend are:

  • Sione Takitaki
  • Corbin Kaufusi
  • Tanner Mangum
  • Squally Canada
  • Dylan Collie
  • Brayden El-Bakri
  • Matt Hadley
  • Michael Shelton
  • Andrew Mikkelsen
  • Rhett Almond

Sione Takitaki on the NFL Draft process

Of that list, Sione Takitaki has been the highlight of pre-draft workouts as well as BYU’s official Pro Day. Takitaki has visited a quarter of the NFL teams for individual workouts, testing, and interviews. He joined our show last week to discuss what that process has been like and this is what he had to say:


Where will BYU’s Sione Takitaki land in this year’s NFL Draft?

We’ve compiled the projections from the most recent NFL Mock Drafts put out by draft experts and analysts to see where they see Takitaki landing.


Mel Kiper – ESPN

3rd Round – #102 – Baltimore Ravens


Chad Reuter –

6th Round – #206 – Washington Redskins


R.J. White –

7th Round – #249 – Arizona Cardinals


Ryan Wilson –

4th Round – Detroit Lions


Chris Trapasso –

6th Round – Detroit Lions


Matt Miller – Bleacher Report

5th Round – Washington Redskins


Luke Easterling – Draft Wire/USA Today

6th Round – Arizona Cardinals


Dane Brugler – The Athletic



Josh Edwards –

3rd Round – New England Patriots


DJ Boyer –


Side Note: Corbin Kaufusi – 5th Round – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7th Round – Buffalo Bills

Side Note: Corbin Kaufusi – 4th Round – Philadelphia Eagles



According to, Takitaki is one of the eight players they list that could go earlier than projected comparing him to former Cougar, Fred Warner, from last year’s draft class. They also mentioned the following:

“Right now, it seems like the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals are the favorites for his services.”


CONTEST: When do you think Sione Takitaki will be drafted and by which team?




Correct Round Selected – 1 point

Correct Overall Pick – 1 point

Correct NFL Team – 1 point

2 Correct – +1 point

3 Correct – +2 points

Tiebreaker – The first person to tweet their predictions to @CriddleBenjamin using #ESPN960 prior to the start of Thursday’s deadline.



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Winner will be announced on Cougar Sports with Ben Criddle and notified via email and/or Twitter.

Contest closes on Thursday, April 25th at 6 PM MST.


Let us know what you think by tweeting @CriddleBenjamin & @espn960sports using #ESPN960.


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