NFL Draft Preview: Boise State Broncos

Football season is over.. but if you want to make the NFL, it's never really over. The experts at looked at the Broncos at 3 different times this year, pre-season, before the F-W Bowl, and Post NFL Combines.<br><br>This is the only place that you'll find all 3 reports together for easy viewing. Take a look at what the guys that do this for a living think of the Bronco's.

Boise State NFL Draft Predictions:  Pre-Season

Sep 7, 2003
By Tony Pauline

The Broncos were possibly the best team no one paid attention too last season. They bypassed a big time bowl berth and possibly a New Years' Day game to stay at home and treat Iowa State in an un-Humanitarian way. They have a few solid pro-prospects.

Ryan Dinwiddie is a good college quarterback with solid signal caller intangibles and the abilities to lead a squad. He runs the offense like a well-oiled machine and gives off the idea he's always in control. Projecting Dinwiddie to the next level is not all that easy. While he's accurate and tough he lacks the big league arm and  NFL size. Not fleet of foot, Dinwiddie is not one to make plays with his feet, further compounding the problem. Then there are "off-the-field" incidents. Right now we think Dinwiddie fits in as a late round pick and number two quarterback at the next level.

One youngster we really like is left tackle Daryn Colledge. An athletic lineman with excellent range and blocking fundamentals, Colledge easily holds the point of attack and gets movement from his run blocks. He's nimble yet dominant and  someone to watch for in the future.

Defensively, the majority of the seniors are free agent talent. Tackle Dave Oldham displays decent power and up field drive but is a limited athlete coming off major knee surgery. Defensive backs Julius Brown, Gabe Franklin and Wes Nurse all display skills and are worth a look.

Boise State NFL Draft Predictions:  Pre-Bowl Game.

Boise State Pos Number Year Ht Wt 40
Paul Allen DT 90 5Sr 6-1 296 5.23
Quick mauler on the inside that will be brought into a camp for a look.
Julius Brown CB 6 5Sr 5-11 185 4.58
Nice speed and size for a corner, but must improve his overall technique and awareness. Natural corner.
Daryn Colledge T 73 3So 6-4 270 5.19
Tremendous prospect for the future. Could come out now and demand attention. Presently rates as a second tier tackle but a tackle with a great amount of upside. Potential top 32 pick in the future.
Ryan Dinwiddie QB 7 5Sr 6-0.5 195 4.83
Tough, competitive and fiery to a fault. Leads the team well but lacks the arm strength and stature to be anything other than a late round pick.
Gabe Franklin CB 16 4Jr 5'11 185 4.60
 Very gifted cover corner who has deceptive speed. Lacks refined techniques but because of natural feel for game is rarely beaten. Silky smooth and can make the open field tackle.  Will benefit from another year.
David Mikell RB 3 5Sr 5-9.5 196 4.47
Tough runner with tremendous skills as a return specialist. Could catch on as a fourth running back if can consistently show the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.
Wes Nurse S 21 5Sr 5'10 190 4.55
 Tough S prospect who while undersized is very good cover man.  Can hit but lacks the size to instill fear. 
Dane Oldham DT 69 5Sr 6-2 265 5.23
Tough line prospect limited by marginal athleticism and a knee injury. Undersized, but plays with tenacity and heart.

Boise State NFL Draft Predictions:  Post-Season

The end result of another successful season for the Broncos is 7 listed potential NFL Draft participants.  Although the listing of Gabe Franklin is an error as he has not declared for the draft, it does show the level of talent on the team.  Add in to that, the fact that prior to his known draft status, Daryn Colledge was the #12 ranked T prospect for this years NFL draft, and the only Soph in the top 20 prospects, and you really begin to see the depth of this Bronco team.

Pos Pos Rank Rating Name Yr Ht/Wt/40 College Home
DT NR Paul Allen JR 6-2.5/305/- Boise State Boise, ID
CB NR Julius Brown SR 5-10/185/- Boise State Stockton, CA
QB #15 Ryan Dinwiddie SR 6-0.5/190/- Boise State Elk Grove, CA
CB NR Gabe Franklin JR 5-10/185/- Boise State Oakland, CA
RB NR David Mikell SR 5-10/210/4.43 Boise State Sacramento, CA
S NR Wes Nurse SR 5-10/190/- Boise State Federal Way, WA
DT NR Dane Oldham SR 6-3/275/- Boise State San Diego, CA

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