Scouting the WAC: Boise State

The Broncos are a program on the rise as the team noted for a home field of blue has an explosive offense with a lot of talent, which is needed to carry the defense. There are a lot of prospects on this roster that will only be late rounds picks in '03 or '04 but should ultimately wind up on an active roster at the next level.

Boise State

Senior running back Brock Forsey is not fast, big or powerful rather an outright good football player that makes positive things happen when the ball is in his hands. Forsey has great instincts, vision and determination taking hand-offs and works his runs hard, picking up as much yardage as possible. He also possesses terrific hands out of the backfield and is a very active part of the BSU offense. We don't expect a great athletic workout from Forsey prior to the draft but he is definitely the type of prospect some coach or general manager will take a liking to and draft in the later rounds. We fully expect him to make it next September ('03) as a third down player and someone that will flourish on special teams. The Broncos have a pair of senior receivers; one reliable and consistent, the other raw with a great amount of upside potential. Lou Fanucchi is a smart pass catcher with a great feel for the game that should easily take over as the "go to" guy with the graduation Jeb Putzier but has lousy measurables. On the other hand Jay Swillie is a wide out with outrageous size/speed numbers and a player that displays brilliance on occasion as both a game controlling and game breaking receiver. Problem is Swillie production has been spotty at best; should that change and he pull together an entire game a first day choice is not out of the question. Finally, Ryan Dinwiddle is a nice junior prospect at quarterback and a signal caller with a great head on his shoulders and leadership intangibles. His accuracy is right on and arm strength more than adequate giving him a real shot at the middle rounds of the '04 draft.

Defensively, Quinton Mikell is a very active safety, constantly around the ball making plays but slightly undersized for free safety and a bit deficient in pass coverage. Mikell actually plays a rover position (strong safety/outside linebacker) but his abilities to return kicks are what will catch the scouts eye and give him late frame consideration.



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