After the interest he garnered from NFL teams in the buildup to the draft, Tenny Palepoi felt good about his chances of drafted in the late fourth round or early fifth.
But the fourth came, and he wasn't. Then the fifth, sixth ...
"I started thinking, like, 'Dang, I might be taking the free agent route,'" he told The Tribune on Saturday night.
Palepoi is the latest standout defensive tackle to play on the Hill, appearing in all 24 games in two years spent at Utah after transferring from Snow College. He was a team captain in 2013 and regularly commanded double teams while recording 4.5 sacks.