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Boise State senior S Darian Thompson is "an aggressive playmaker with good closing speed for his size and instincts that have turned him into a ball hawk," according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Thompson has started 32 games in his Boise State career, and he's one of several veteran standouts returning to what should be an excellent defense," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson had seven interceptions, 71 tackles and five tackles for loss in a huge 2014 campaign. The analyst grades Thompson as the No. 17 safety in the nation.
Jun 30 - 3:00 AM

Boise State junior LB Tanner Vallejo will move back to inside linebacker this fall.

Named to the All-Mountain West Second Team last year after finishing fifth in the conference with 16.5 TFL (he also earned Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP honors), Vallejo is heading back to middle linebacker full-time, where he projects best in the NFL. The 6-foot-1, 226-pounder chipped in 99 tackles, three sacks and two defensive touchdowns as a sophomore.
Jun 22 - 10:52 PM

Boise State senior WR Shane Williams-Rhodes "is an invaluable piece of the Boise State puzzle for 2015," according to NFL Media.

The 5-foot-6, 168-pounder does a little bit of everything. Last season, he led the Broncos with 68 receptions, converting them into 585 receiving yards. Interestingly, he averaged more yards per rush (11.9) on gadget plays than he did per catch (8.6). He chipped in an 8.5-yard average on punt returns and was named All-Mountain West honorable mention.
Jun 9 - 7:19 PM

Boise State sophomore QB Ryan Finley has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges and is due in court next month for a hearing, according to Idaho Statesman's Chadd Cripe.

The Boise State prospect was charged with possession of an alcoholic beverage as a minor and resisting or obstructing officers. Finley has appeared in five games, completing 12-of-27 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Finley was looking to be the starting quarterback for the Broncos this season, but this will all depend on his status in court, and how the university plans to handle his situation.
May 14 - 2:12 PM

Stanford redshirt senior Kelsey Young has transferred to Boise State.

Young will be eligible to play immediately after graduating from Stanford. He joins his brother on the Broncos' roster, who is a redshirt freshman running back. Boise State will be looking to fill the shoes of Jay Ajayi.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 1:47 PM

Broncos signed Boise State WR Matt Miller.

Miller (6'3/220) set the Broncos' all-time record for career receptions (244), gaining 3,049 yards (12.5 YPR) with 29 TDs. His senior year was cut short by torn ankle ligaments that required surgery. Healthy at the Boise Pro Day, Miller managed forty times of 4.79/4.80 with a 9-foot-6 broad jump and 34-inch vertical. Simply not an NFL athlete, Miller is likely staring at a brief pro career.
May 3 - 5:11 PM

Dolphins selected Boise State RB Jay Ajayi with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A day-two talent based on tape, measurables and stats, Ajayi plummeted due to concerns over his right knee, which NFL Network's Mike Mayock has reported is "bone on bone." Ajayi (6'0/221) turned 678 college carries into 3,796 yards (5.60 YPC) and 50 TDs, adding 73 catches. He ran 4.57 at the Combine, also impressing in the vertical (39") and broad (10'1") jumps with one of the fastest 20-yard shuttle times (4.10) by a running back. On tape, Ajayi looks like Marshawn Lynch with a compact, muscular build but isn't quite as physical. More of a loose-hipped finesse back, Ajayi is an extremely aggressive runner with light feet and an ability to change speeds on a dime. Ajayi fumbled 11 times at Boise and must tighten up his pass protection, but could eventually be a three-down back if he works out the kinks and stays healthy. He's competition for Lamar Miller, but perhaps not an immediate 2015 threat.
May 2 - 2:28 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden pegs Boise State RB Jay Ajayi as "a big back with Ricky Watters-type size" who "is a slasher with good production," but said he would "need to find out whether we could coach him up in other areas of the game" before drafting the prospect.

Gruden questions several aspects of Ajayi's game -- and never mentions health concerns, which might hurt his NFL evaluation the most -- including catching, pass protection and ball security. "Pro coaches are going to blitz you. Rex Ryan is coming after you, and the running back has to pick up the blitz. Is this something we can train or is it something guys just don't get into?" Gruden said. The former coach concluded: "I see the running skills and hear the measurables, but when you break down pass protection, it has to be looked at carefully. That was a concern when I watched Boise State."
Apr 30 - 3:30 PM

"Several teams" have removed Boise State RB Jay Ajayi from their board or "backed way off" due to medical questions, according to Bob McGinn.

The medical in question is Ajayi's knee as he underwent knee surgery in 2011. One beat writer previously described the knee as "shredded" during the time of injury. "I just don't know if he'll hold up physically," one scout told McGinn. We think Ajayi is extremely talented with long speed, occasionally breaking tackles and comfort in space as a receiver, but keep the injury in mind of more talented backs go off the board before Ajayi.
Apr 26 - 9:44 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that Boise State RB Jay Ajayi "can handle the role of a power back, but he also has good overall vision, patience and agility, which makes him capable of playing in a zone scheme as well."

McShay ranks Ajayi No. 50 overall. "What really helps his cause as a prospect is he's a natural pass-catcher who can be productive in this area early in his NFL career," he wrote. "He needs to get a little better in pass protection, and he isn't the most explosive back, but he should be valuable on third down." The major question regarding Ajayi right now is his health. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler and TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline both recently reported that the NFL is concerned by Ajayi's knee, which he injured in 2011.
Apr 23 - 6:13 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Boise State RB Jay Ajayi is a "solid second-round pick," but believes he could slide to the third round.

Ajayi's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has made it known there is no problem with Ajayi's knee, and he was not asked to attend the Combine's medical recheck. The Boise State prospect did have a knee injury back in October of 2011, which was four years ago. Mayock stated that there has been "significant concern" about Ajayi's medical, which could have him slide to the third. Interested teams with hopes of an Ajayi slide, could be behind all of this, with the draft just one week away.
Apr 23 - 2:04 PM

There are "strong" concerns in NFL circles about Boise State RB Jay Ajayi's right knee, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Will RB Jay Ajayi fall? I can't answer that, some teams might be okay with his knee," Brugler wrote. "But multiple teams are not." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported Monday that a "number of teams" have red flagged Ajayi's knee. Ajayi's agent continues to insist there's no problem and Ajayi was not asked to attend the Combine's medical recheck. Ajayi's horrific knee injury occurred in October 2011.
Apr 21 - 11:21 PM

A "number of teams" have red flagged Boise State RB Jay Ajayi's knee when reviewing medical checks, according to Tony Pauline.

The right knee injury (which was described as "shredded") occurred during practice, a week apart from an attempted theft when Ajayi was 18 years old. Beat writer Chadd Cripe once said "The injury on the field was so bad that coaches wondered if he'd recover." Pauline's report is worth keeping in mind during draft weekend, especially if Ajayi stays on the board longer than expected. The knee in question likely is not an immediate concern but more about longevity. (We were incorrect in previously saying the injury occurred during the theft that was mentioned.)
Apr 20 - 12:43 PM

ESPN's K.C. Joyner reports that Boise State's Jay Ajayi and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon were the only two RBs in college football to make opposing tacklers miss at least 60 tackles last year.

No other back had even 50. Ajayi also tied for fifth nationally in broken tackles (16), ranked second in red-zone rushing yards (299) and first in red-zone rushing touchdowns (25). "Add in his superb passing-game ability (Scouts Inc. gave him a "1" rating here that designates exceptional performance in this area) and it equals a back who could provide a huge shot in the arm for an NFL offense in 2015," Joyner wrote.
Apr 19 - 10:07 PM's Frank Cooney believes that Boise State RB Jay Ajayi "is not a sure thing, but his natural abilities are tremendous."

Ajayi was born in London to Nigerian parents and grew up playing soccer. "For a guy who grew up depending on his feet, Ajayi is surprisingly effective as a receiver where he shows exceptional hand-eye coordination," Cooney wrote. "His instincts and moves as a runner cannot be taught and he seems comfortable as a receiver. But Ajayi will need to add muscle to pass block and he must prove he can use those big, 10-inch hands to keep the ball secure." Ajayi is an every-down back, a rarity these days. "To be able to be on the field three downs you have to be good enough running the ball on first and second down and being capable of picking up blitzes on third down, catching the ball out of the backfield on third down," Ajayi said. "That's where a lot of these games are won, converting on those third downs and getting more first downs. You have to find running backs who are able to do that."
Source: CBS Sports
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