Trying to understand why NFL coaches really love selecting Boise St. players…

Look at Boise St. DE Tyrone Crawford's ridiculous uniform/AP

The Cowboys made an interesting selection yesterday, nabbing Boise St. defensive end Tyrone Crawford in the third round. A player I had to look up (you did, too, don’t lie), the Cowboys see Crawford as a try-hard guy who can eventually become a five-technique defensive end. For now, he’ll be an inside rusher, and they’ll see what happens.

But what struck me was part of the reason why the Cowboys grabbed him. And it sounded like some of the reason that the Bears reached for fellow BSU pass-rusher Shea McClellin. They went to Boise St. And teams like that.

Really. Gone are the days where you worry about competition at a place like that. Just turn on the film against Georgia or TCU this year or maybe Virginia Tech or Oregon State last year.

Nope, it’s because of what Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said last night.

There’s a little bit of (attitude) to these guys and that’s a good thing,” Garrett said. “A little chip on their shoulder, something to prove,  and they’ve done that as a program. They’ve beaten a lot of big schools over the years. I think the individual people who make up that program, they carry that with them to the next level.”

True. McClellin referred to it while talking with Bears reporters, saying, “To all those doubters, I’m going to have to go out there and prove myself and I’m used to that. I came from Boise State where we had to prove ourselves every week so I’m used to that and that’s what I’m going to have to do every day.”

It was the same for Crawford. He was asked not about being talented, but about being an overachiever. He embraced that.

I guess I would consider myself one of those that go hard in practice,” Crawford said. “And when it comes to the games it comes natural.

Still, the reputation of Boise is changing…

A number of players over the last couple of days were drafted from Boise,” Garrett said. “It is a competitive and nationally ranked program that plays against great competition.”

Think about saying that a few years ago. Would never happen. Interesting how that reputation is shaped. Teams just love what’s coming from the blue turf.

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