|Sources: Pats one of 20 teams at workout for BYU’s Unga||07.08.10 at 5:49 pm ET|
Multiple sources tell us the Patriots were one of the teams in attendance today in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga. Unga, BYU’s all-time leading rusher, withdrew from the school in the spring, citing an honor code violation, and decided to enter the NFL’s supplemental draft, scheduled for July 15.
The 6-foot, 237-pound Unga rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Cougars. For his collegiate career, he gained 3,455 yards and scored 36 touchdowns.
According to reports, Unga ran a 4.63 handheld 40-yard dash on artificial turf. He did 19 reps of 225 pounds, and had a standing vertical jump of 35 inches and a 9-foot-6 standing broad jump. His vertical and broad jump were personal bests, according to his personal trainer, Dave Stroshine, while 19 reps equaled a personal best.
Unga remains the biggest name available in this year’s supplemental draft, an opportunity for players who missed the filing deadline for the NFL draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility (such as athletic or disciplinary matters). Teams can bid on players, and the player is awarded to the team who bids the highest pick. As a result, you lose your pick in that same round in the draft the following year.
According to reports, Unga drew the attention of 20 teams, while six others who were not in attendance have requested tape of his workout.
“He has met with several NFL general managers. There were 20 NFL teams represented here in person today and six more called and inquired details,” Unga’s agent Eric Metz told reporters. “I think he will be drafted next week. It’s not a matter of when, but which team and how good of a fit he’ll be in their system.”
It has been quite a couple of weeks for Unga. He told reporters on Thursday he flew into Chicago last week for the birth of his son Jackson, and he and Keiliani Moeaki — his girlfriend and mother of his child who also withdrew from BYU because of a infraction of the schools’ honor code — could be married as early as next week.
When it comes to the supplementary draft, the Patriots have not been active participants. They have only taken two players since it began in 1977 — wide receiver Chy Davidson from URI in 1981 and cornerback J’Juan Cherry from Arizona State in 1999. Notable supplementary draftees include linebacker Brian Bosworth, quarterback Bernie Kosar and left tackle Jared Gaither.
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