NFL Combine invites 4 Utah football players, 3 BYU Cougars

Phillips III and Kincaid are both potential first-round selections on April 27

(Young Kwak | AP) Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid gestures during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Pullman, Wash.

Four University of Utah players were among the 319 prospects invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

On the list of invitees released by the league this week were offensive lineman Braeden Daniels, tight end Dalton Kincaid, cornerback Clark Phillips III, and running back Tavion Thomas.

The Combine runs Feb. 28 through March 6 in Indianapolis.

Phillips III, a unanimous All-American selection in 2022 as a third-year sophomore, and Kincaid, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection and a former FCS All-American at the University of San Diego, have both emerged as legitimate candidates to be selected in the first round on April 27 in Kansas City.

Kincaid, who missed the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 with a back injury, opted out of the Senior Bowl last week after accepting an invitation in November. Daniels opted for the same route, skipping the Senior Bowl after accepting an invite.

After an up-and-down few months that included a death in the family, benchings, and a couple of moments of brilliance, Thomas ended his fifth-year junior season short in late November, citing a toe injury suffered in the Utes’ 20-17 loss at the University of Oregon. Thomas said then he would end his college career early, instead opting to focus on the East-West Shrine Bowl on Feb. 2 and the NFL Draft.

BYU received three Combine invites, offensive lineman Blake Freeland, quarterback Jaren Hall, and wide receiver Puka Nakua.