Boise State has not been a traditional factory for NFL players, but scouts have taken notice of the school since it became a mainstay at the top of the college football polls. The Broncos’ backfield is of particular interest to teams this year, as both QB Kellen Moore (6-foot-0 1/8, 196) and RB Doug Martin (5-9 1/4, 220) are both carrying a buzz throughout the pre-draft process.
Moore was the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, but teams are concerned about his height and whether he will be able to make all the necessary throws in the NFL. After taking in his workout Thursday, most scouts think he might never be more than a very successful backup in a timing-based system.
Martin’s NFL outlook is significantly brighter, as he ranks among the draft’s top running backs. He kept all his combine marks, but he had a very good workout and was exceptional in catching drills.
Here are some of Boise State’s other notable prospects:
Nate Potter, OT (6-6, 307) — Potter did not do workouts because he hurt his back lifting weights.
Shea McClellin, OLB/DE (6-3 1/4, 257) — McClellin worked at both positions, putting his hand on the ground and dropping back. He was smooth and very athletic, and looks to be a second- or third-round pick.
Billy Winn, DT (6-3 3/4, 294) — Winn ran 4.86 and 4.87 40-yard dashes and did 24 strength lifts. He had a good position workout.
Tyrone Crawford, DE (6-4 1/4, 282) — Crawford ran a 4.77 40-yard dash and worked out very well. He showed he can move both on the line and in space. He likely will be a third-round pick.
George Iloka, S (6-3 1/2, 226) — Iloka kept all of his marks from the combine. Although he was solid in his workout, he didn’t turn any heads.
Tyler Shoemaker, WR (6-1 5/8, 216) — Shoemaker ran 4.43 and 4.47 in the 40 and recorded a 37-inch vertical jump, 9-8 broad jump, 4.22 short shuttle, 6.77 three-cone drill and 14 strength lifts. If he isn’t drafted late, he will be a priority free agent.