BYU LB Fred Warner among six from Utah schools invited to NFL Combine

Cougars land San Diego defensive back Malik Moore, more receivers on eve of Signing Day

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Fred Warner (4) celebrates as he recovers a fumble by Utes quarterback Tyler Huntley (1), in football action BYU vs Utah, at Lavell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Provo • BYU linebacker Fred Warner has received an invitation to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine after a standout performance at the Senior Bowl. Warner is the only Cougar invited to this year’s combine, which runs Feb. 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis.

NFL.com projects Warner, a four-year starter at BYU, as a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick and compares him to another former Cougar, Alani Fua.

Some NFL draft experts were calling Warner a top-50 draft prospect the week of the Senior Bowl when he shined in practices leading up to the event.

NFL.com’s analysis of Warner says his “future success could largely depend on who takes him and how they use him.”

The website said Warner “moves around like a big safety” and “finding a hybrid role in sub-packages might be where he is best utilized.”

Warner, listed by BYU as 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds, is from San Marcos, Calif., near San Diego. He finished his college career with 264 tackles, 6.5 sacks and seven interceptions. His younger brother, Troy, will be a junior cornerback on the 2018 BYU football team.

Six players from Utah schools are among the 300 prospects. Utah’s Darren Carrington II, Kylie Fitts, Lowell Lotulelei and Salesi Uhatafe and Weber State’s Taron Johnson also received invitations.

LSU offensive tackle K.J. Malone, son of former Utah Jazz great Karl Malone, also received an invitation to the combine.

San Diego DB commits to BYU

Malik Moore, a defensive back and receiver from Point Loma High School in San Diego said via Twitter on Monday evening that he has committed to BYU and will sign with the Cougars on Wednesday.

“Me and my family believe this is the best fit for ME & my future,” Moore wrote.

Moore visited BYU in December and received a scholarship offer at that time. He also had an offer from San Diego. He caught 22 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 30 times for 200 yards.

He had six interceptions on defense. He is also a sprinter on the Point Loma track team.

More receivers on board

BYU signed Bingham High receiver Brayden Cosper in December, and now another Miners pass-catcher is set to join the program. Dax Milne, a 6-0, 180-pound senior said via Twitter on Tuesday that he has committed to BYU as a preferred walk-on.

On Monday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Gunner Romney, a three-star receiver from Chandler, Ariz., had picked BYU over Arizona State. Romney will enroll in May and play in 2018 before making a decision on a church mission.

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