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2016 NFL Draft: BYU DE Bronson Kaufusi drafted by Baltimore Ravens in 3rd round

Bronson Kaufusi is headed to Baltimore.

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Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens have selected standout BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi with the 70th overall pick in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Kaufusi recorded 169 tackles, 42.5 tackles for loss, 25.5 sacks, 14 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, and two interceptions in his four year career with the Cougars. That includes 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles during his senior campaign last season.

Kaufusi joins former Cougars Dennis Pitta and De'Ondre Wesley in Baltimore.

In addition to the stats mentioned above, Kaufusi had 34 QB hurries and 14 QB hits, giving him the top pass-rush productivity in this class at his position according to Pro Football Focus. Kaufusi may not always get the sack, but he spends a lot of time making the opposing quarterback's job a lot tougher.

Kaufusi has a great combination of height (6-foot-6) and arm length (34.5 inches). He also has excellent agility and versatility for a player of his size having spent his junior year as an outside linebacker and a year playing forward for the BYU basketball team. His agility was also apparent at the NFL Combine where he was a top performer at his position in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill.

Here's Kaufusi's NFL Combine results:

  • 40-yard dash - 4.87 seconds
  • 225 bench - 25 reps
  • Vertical jump - 30 inches
  • Broad jump - 9-foot-3
  • 20-yard shuttle - 4.25 seconds
  • 3-cone drill - 7.03 seconds

Kaufusi is the top NFL prospect out of BYU this year by far. He is also arguably the most promising NFL talent out of the Y since Ziggy Ansah. While Kaufusi may not have the ridiculously high ceiling that Ansah had coming out of college, he could easily end up being one of top few pass rushers in this year's class making him an absolute steal at this point in the draft.

Here's a look at some of Kaufusi's highlights at BYU: