Below are notable Utah Utes eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Utah was gutted by the 2017 NFL Draft; losing eight starters to the draft, including 1st round pick Garret Bolles (Tackle) and 2nd round selection Marcus Williams (Safety).
Wide Receiver Darren Carrington – 6020, 205 – Graduate Transfer (Oregon)
Carrington was suspended indefinitely and then dismissed from the Ducks program after a DUI incident this summer and promptly transferred to Utah. The Utes are confident that the tall, long receiver will be eligible for the start of the season in spite of some technicalities to sort through.
Defensive Tackle Lowell Lotulelei – 6020, 317 – Senior
Utah lost a combined 31.5 tackles for loss from last year after bidding farewell to Hunter Dimick and Pita Taomoepenu. Enter Lotulelei, the younger brother of Carolina Panthers IDL Star Lotulelei. Lowell is a low to the ground interior defender with a good sense of anchoring at the point of attack. But the senior defender has also shown some flashes of big time penetration ability; rocking offensive linemen back onto their heels and taking them for a ride into the backfield.
More penetration from Lotulelei would go a long way in compensating for heavy losses along the defensive front.
Defensive Lineman Kylie Fitts – 6040, 254 – Redshirt Senior (UCLA)
Another way Utah can look for reinforcements is the return of the injured Kylie Fitts. Fitts, who transferred to the Utah Utes program from UCLA back in 2014, missed the 2016 season with a foot injury after playing in just two games.