The NFL draft has passed and Boise State did not disappoint! With three players drafted in rounds two and three (Correa to the Ravens, Thompson to the Giants, and Odhiambo to the Seahawks) with three more players signed as free agents immediately following the draft (Deayon to the Giants, Gray to the Dolphins, and Henry to the Saints), the Broncos had a strong weekend! With at least six new additions to the NFL, we thought we’d take a look at Boise State players already in the NFL and even some former NFL players.
Fun Fact: Every active former Bronco on an NFL roster has appeared at The Blue & Orange Store for autograph events since leaving Boise State.
Now because there are well over 50 former Broncos who have been listed on NFL teams, we’re going to focus more on players from 2000 until now.
There are still over 30 players in the NFL since 2000, so we’ll focus on some of the more prominent players that have been in the NFL since 2000. Not surprising that a good majority of the players listed were part of Fiesta Bowl Championship:
(*indicates member of Fiesta Bowl Championship roster)
- *Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins, 2015-present): Although he has only been in the league for one season, which was only a short nine games due to injury, the Jay-Train is looking to be a solid NFL running back for this season and the future. So you should probably grab some Ajayi autographed jerseys while you can!
- DeMarcus Lawrence (Dallas Cowboys, 2014-present): Lawrence finished his second season with 8.0 sacks and a forced fumble in 13 starts and 16 total games. He is one of four former Boise State players on the Cowboys, one of three on the defensive side. Unfortunately he will start off this next season with a four-game suspension.
- *Matt Paradis (Denver Broncos, 2014-present): After spending his first year on the practice squad, Paradis spent his second season as the starting center for the Super Bowl Champions. Not a bad way to start your career!
- *Jamar Taylor (Miami Dolphins, 2013-2015; Cleveland Brown, 2016-present): Was the second of two former Broncos on the Dolphins is a fairly regular starter. During the 2016 draft, Taylor was packaged in a trade deal with the Cleveland Browns.
- Tyrone Crawford (Dallas Cowboys, 2012-present): Crawford is the second starter on the Cowboys’ defensive line (Lawrence). Due to an injury, he didn’t play his second season. He was moved to defensive tackle (was DE) and has started all 31 games from his last two seasons.
- *George Iloka (Cincinnati Bengals, 2012-present): Iloka is the regular starting strong safety for the Bengals, who started off the 2015 season with 8 straight wins. He missed four games last season due to various injuries but was arguably the most significant former Bronco on the defensive side of the ball last season.
- *Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2012-present): In his four years as an NFL running back, Martin has had two phenomenal seasons and two unimpressive seasons (based on the numbers). The Dougernaut (formerly – yet continuously – the Muscle Hamster) was a first-round pick to the Buccs and didn’t disappoint. He ran for over 1400 yards and 11 touchdowns in a top-five finish for Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl selection. His second season ended early with an injury followed by a short and seemingly unproductive third season. Martin, in his fourth season, again ran for 1402 yards, only 83 behind leading rusher Adrain Peterson...on 39 less carries. He was then given a HUGE contract to stay with Tampa Bay for five more years.
- *Kellen Moore (Detroit Lions, 2012-2015; Dallas Cowboys, 2015-present): Kellen Moore may not be the most prolific Boise State player in the NFL, but he is arguably the most popular player for Boise State fans and you can snag some Kellen Moore autographed gear on our website. Kellen spent over three seasons with the Lions and never suited up for a regular season game. He was released in his fourth season with them and picked-up by the Cowboys. After Tony Romo went down, fans all over the country were calling for Kellen to be the starter; however, he did finally suit-up for his first NFL game. After another QB got signed, Romo came back, the 3rd string QB got released, and Romo got injured again – Kellen was once again the backup QB. He finally got in for his first NFL appearance partway through the first half of the third-to-last game of the season in which he threw his first career touchdown! Kellen then started the last two games of the season and became only the fifth QB in Cowboys history to throw for over 400 yards in a game. That’s the Kellen we all know! He will have a new competitor for the backup position as the Cowboys drafted Dak Prescott of Mississippi St.
- *Jeron Johnson (Seattle Seahawks, 2011-2014; Washington Redskins, 2015): Johnson was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. He played the majority of the 2014 season but was injured during the Super Bowl win. He played one year with the Redskins but is currently a free agent.
- *Austin Pettis (St. Louis Rams, 2011-2014): Austin Pettis had an amazing career at Boise State and was a third round draft pick. However, his professional career (although not horrible) wasn’t quite like his college days. He played just under four year for the Rams and brought in 9 total touchdowns. He was signed by the Chargers but was cut before playing. Pettis is currently a free agent.
- *Kyle Wilson (New York Jets, 2010-2014; New Orleans Saints, 2015-present): Kyle Wilson was drafted in the first round by the Jets. He played all 16 games in each of his four seasons with the Jets. He left New York to go play for the Saints in which he played in 15 of their 16 games in 2015.
- *Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos, 2008-2015; New York Jets, 2016-present): Ryan Clady is the highest draft pick to ever come out of Boise State. Clady finished third in 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is a four-time Pro Bowler and (although injured for 2015 with a torn ACL) Super Bowl champion (Super Bowl 50). Following the 2015 season with the Broncos, he was traded to the New York Jets and has been recently deemed "good to go” by the Jets’ GM.
- *Orlando Scandrick. (Dallas Cowboys, 2008-present): Scandrick has spent his entire career with the Cowboys and has spent most of his time as a starter. However, he didn’t play during the 2015 season due to a torn ACL and MCL. Scandrick is the third Bronco on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys (Crawford and Lawrence).
Other notable players since 2000:
(*indicates that they will appear at the 10 Year Anniversary Event)
- *Shea McClellin (Bears, 2012-2015; Patriots, 2016-present)
- *Charles Leno (Bears, 2014-present)
- *Billy Winn (Browns, 2012-2015; Colts 2015-present)
- *Chase Baker (Vikings, 2012-2014; Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), 2015-present)
- *Richie Brockel (Panthers, 2011-2015 – Currently a free agent)
- *Brandyn Thompson (Redskins, 2011-2012; Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), 2014-present)
- *Titus Young (Lions, 2011-2012)
- **Legedu Naanee (Chargers, 2007-2010; Panthers, 2011; Dolphins, 2012)
- *Gerald Alexander (Lions, 2007-08; Jaguars, 2009-10; Panthers, 2010; Dolphins, 2011; Jets, 2011)
- *Korey Hall (Packers, 2007-2010; Saints, 2011)
- **Derek Schouman (Bills, 2007-2009; Rams, 2010)
- Daryn Colledge (Packers, 2006-2010; Cardinals, 2011-2013; Dolphins, 2014)
- Chris Carr (Raiders, 2005-2007; Titans, 2008; Ravens, 2009-2011; Chargers, 2012; Saints, 2013)
- Brock Forsey (Bears, 2003; Dolphins, 2004)
- Quintin Mikell (Eagles, 2003-2010; Rams, 2011-2012; Panthers, 2013)
Other notable players before 2000:
- Cedric Minter (Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 1981-1983; New York Jets, 1984-1985; Argonauts, 1986; Ottawa Rough Riders (CFL), 1987)
- Dave Wilcox (49ers, 1964-1974; also drafted by the Houston Oilers in the AFL, back when there were two popular professional leagues)