Three BYU Players Sign as Free Agents

Many BYU fans watched the NFL draft thinking that several BYU seniors should be taken. Those fans were unpleasantly surprised when wide receiver Todd Watkins was BYU's only draft pick. Since the close of the draft on Sunday, however, things have picked up for BYU free agents.

The day after the final round of the 2006 NFL Draft, BYU fans chimed in on message boards wondering what happened. Many thought 6-foot-4, 310-pound Manaia Brown would have at least gone in the later rounds. After reports that 250-pound Fahu Tahi ran a high 4.6 forty for scouts, many thought that BYU's fullback would be a late-round pick as well.

However, as the rounds drew to a close it soon became apparent the only Cougar to become drafted would be Todd Watkins. Since then defensive tackles Manaia Brown, Vince Feula and fullback Fahu Tahi have signed as free agents with an NFL team.

Both Brown and Feula signed with the Washington Redskins while Tahi signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Tahi played in 11 of the Cougars' 12 games during the 2005 season. He rushed for 479 yards on 89 carries and scored seven touchdowns on the year. He also totaled 366 yards receiving averaging nearly 36 yards per game.

Manaia Brown played in 10 of the Cougars' 12 games in his final year at BYU. He tallied 31 tackles including nine solo and three tackles for a combined loss of eight yards including 1.5 sacks. His D-line teammate Vince Feula started in seven games as a senior and totaled 31 tackles on the season, including 10 solo stops. Feula was credited with 3.5 tackles for a combined loss of 16 yards, including one sack. He also recorded three pass deflections and four QB hurries.

Congratulations to the BYU senior trio in the free agency signings.


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