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Dane Brugler of CBS Sports believes Boise State redshirt senior WR Matt Miller is a "possession target who needs to be a more consistent hands-catcher to prove he's a draftable player."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Miller set a Broncos record with 88 receptions last season, ranking No. 21 nationally with 6.8 catches per game. "Miller is a flexible athlete with coordinated movements, but his average speed won't take the top off defenses and lack of dynamic routes makes it tough for him to consistently create separation," Brugler wrote. Earlier this month, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Miller as a seventh-round prospect, but added that NFL scouts don't currently have a draftable grade on him.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 17 - 9:57 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi needs to "improve his ball security" to be seen "as viable early round pick."

"He plays fast, but sometimes too fast and will run into his own blockers and needs to improve his ability in pass protection. But above all, Ajayi needs to eliminate the fumbles and improve his ball security to be viewed as a viable early round pick. Based on tape study, it wouldn't surprise me if he earns second and third round grades from NFL scouts," Brugler writes. The Broncos prospect was the leading rusher in the Mountain West Conference with 1,425 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in his sophomore season. The 6-foot, 220-pound Ajayi averaged 5.7 yards per carry, showing good acceleration and explosiveness that evaluators look for at the next level. Ajayi is looking to follow the footsteps of former Broncos RB Doug Martin, with the idea of hearing his name called in the first round of the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 14 - 1:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Boise State redshirt senior WR Matt Miller as a seventh-round prospect, but notes that NFL scouts disagree with him.

"[Miller] does not even register on the radar for a number of scouts," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Miller set a Boise State record with 88 receptions last season, and he ranked No. 21 nationally with 6.8 catches per game. In addition, his 1,140 receiving yards were the third-most in school history. He's got one season to align scouts' opinions with Pauline's.
Jul 7 - 1:57 PM

Boise State has agreed to pay a negotiated exit fee of $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference.

The lawsuit began when the Broncos reneged on joining the Big East Conference in 2012. The school was unhappy that the conference hadn't secured more western teams and a better television package. The AAC had been seeking $5 million in exit fees.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 4:14 PM

DraftInsider.net's Tony Pauline graded Boise State redshirt junior Jay Ajayi as a fourth-rounder, but notes that Ajayi is "graded much higher in the scouting community."

"Several area scouts tell me they could see Ajayi landing in the second round if he has a good campaign then enters the draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot, 220-pound Ajayi runs a 4.54 forty. He enjoyed a superb sophomore campaign, collecting 1,425 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns along with 222 receiving yards and a TD. That effort led to First-Team All-Mountain West honors.
Jul 4 - 1:37 PM

Boise State and the American Athletic Conference are scheduled for mediation in June over a settlement for exit fees.

Boise State’s decision not to join the conference resulted in lawsuits on both sides. BSU sued the conference in April 2013, claiming damages. The AAC filed a countersuit in May 2013, claiming the school owed $5 million in exit fees as part of the "membership expansion agreement" signed by the two parties. "I'm hopeful that we can put this to bed," Boise State President Bob Kustra said. "... There wouldn’t be a mediation if the two parties didn’t agree we were closer."
May 22 - 9:16 PM

The NCAA granted a Boise State waiver request to offer immediate financial assistance to homeless recruit DE Antoine Turner.

Due to financial and family issues, Turner has been living at a motel, in his girlfriend's car, and on park benches. Boise State's compliance department warned boosters it would be an NCAA violation to provide Turner financial assistance. Turner, 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end, can immediately receive room and board on campus.
Source: NCAA
May 14 - 8:14 PM

Bears selected Boise State G/T Charles Leno with the No. 246 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Leno (6-foot-3 7/8, 303) made 39 starts for the Broncos, including 26 at left tackle, and earned first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. He showed above-average athleticism at Boise's Pro Day, running 5.25 with a 9-foot-4 broad jump and 31 1/2-inch vertical. Leno is likely ticketed for guard in the pros, but has outstanding length (34 3/8" arms) for pass protection and moves well enough to become a puller and/or zone blocker. He'll need a "redshirt" year before pushing LG Matt Slauson for snaps in Chicago.
May 10 - 6:44 PM

Broncos selected Boise State C Matt Paradis with the No. 207 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Paradis (6-foot-2 5/8, 306) made 27 starts for Boise, all at center. He earned second-team All-WAC honors as a senior. A former walk-on, Paradis is a try-hard pivot with limited strength (23 bench reps) and athleticism (5.34 forty, 26-inch vertical). One-position linemen without starter traits typically don't last in the pros.
May 10 - 5:08 PM

Cowboys traded up with the Redskins to select Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Cowboys surrendered their second-rounder (No. 47) and third-rounder (No. 78) for the right to move up 13 picks. Owner Jerry Jones desperately needed to add a body to his league-worst front seven, but has paid a heavy price to do so. Lawrence (6-foot-3, 251) spent two seasons at Boise after transferring from JUCO and stuffed the stat sheet as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end, notching 33.5 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles across 23 starts. He added three blocked kicks on special teams. Long armed (33 3/4") and athletic, Lawrence ran 4.80 at the Combine with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. Lawrence is a bit of a boom-or-bust prospect after facing three suspensions in college for violating team rules, but has the skill set to become an annual double-digit sack threat.
May 9 - 7:22 PM

Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence and BYU's Kyle Van Noy are now considered top-five OLBs by Mike Mayock.

In the analyst's newest positional rankings, Lawrence checked in at No. 4 and Van Noy followed at No. 5. The duo's entry comes at the expense of Trent Murphy (Stanford) and Marcus Smith (Louisville), who formally occupied the Nos. 4-5 slots. Lawrence and Van Noy had been moving up boards across the industry prior to Mayock following suit on Monday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 10:01 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline said "trusted sources" inform him that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence won't get out of the second round.

Pauline sounds surprised by this assertion, but we've heard Lawrence thrown out as a late first-round possibility. The analyst obviously isn't a fan, believing Lawrence to be a third-round prospect. Pauline's sources "point to his natural pass rushing skills and the ability to play standing up over tackle or with his hand in the dirt, as well as the fact the talent at pass rusher really falls off after the second round. I personally disagree with the last part and feel Prince Shembo, Ronald Powell, Devon Kennard and Kasim Edebali are last day prospects who can fill the pass rushing role as well as small school free agent types such as Colton Underwood and Anthony Larry."
Apr 25 - 7:59 PM

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence had a pre-draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 245 pound pass rush specialist lacks the size to play defensive end at the next level and teams could look to convert Lawrence into a linebacker. Although he knows how to rush the passer, he'll have to work on his technique in coverage moving forward. With the ability to play in a three point stance, as well as play standing up, Lawrence could bring some flexibility to his game as a situational pass rusher. While there are rumors of Lawrence sneaking into the first round, it's most likely the second round is where we could see him coming off the board.
Apr 24 - 6:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence has private workouts set up with the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints, amongst other teams.

While some evaluators believe Lawrence could sneak in the back end of the first round, Caplan thinks the disruptive edge rusher "is projected as a second to third round pick." Lawrence has the ability to fit in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, which could add some value to his plate. Interested teams will have to figure out whether the off-field issues that led to three one-game suspensions, should be a concern moving forward.
Apr 19 - 2:59 PM

Boise State edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence has visited, or is scheduled to travel to, the Redskins, Cowboys, Vikings, Steelers, 49ers, Jets and Saints.

Lawrence is a legitimate dark horse for the end of the first-round, and any of these teams (other than the Redskins or Vikings) could trade up to the early part of the second day to nab him. He did not test overly well in terms of lateral athleticism, but Lawrence shows more movement skills on tape than he did at the Combine.
Apr 18 - 11:36 AM


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