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CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler called Boise State senior S Darian Thompson a "tall, linear athlete [who] is always on the hunt with an active, fast play style, covering a lot of ground both in coverage and vs. the run."

While that fast, active style that Brugler mentions generally results in more positive plays than bad ones, the analyst did caution that "Thompson's aggressive demeanor also leads to missed plays and he needs to be more disciplined and do a better job controlling himself on the move" before concluding with "his versatile skill-set will be appealing at the next level." The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior also caught the eye of ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., who has noted Thompson's stellar instincts and his nose for the ball. Last season, he smelled out seven interceptions while recording 71 tackles and five TFL.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 29 - 5:44 PM

Boise State redshirt senior OT Rees Odhiambo is "quick off the snap and finishes through the whistle with strong hands and toughness," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"He does a nice job keeping his feet squared with his shoulders to mirror in space and, despite bending at the waist too often, Odhiambo stays balanced to anchor at the point of attack," Brugler writes. The Boise State prospect was part of the line that led the way for RB Jay Ajayi last season. Odhiambo earned All-Mountain West Second Team honors in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 4:03 PM

Boise State announced sophomore QB Ryan Finley as starter.

As expected. Finley beat out redshirt sophomore Tommy Stuart, true freshman Brett Rypien and redshirt freshman Alex Ogle to become Grant Hedrick's heir. Finley was charged with a pair of alcohol-related misdemeanors in April, but he's expected to be eligible for the opener against Washington. "He’s been unbreakable," offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz said. "That’s really why we stretched [the competition] out the way we did, because we wanted to make sure that we put the pressure on him. We said, ‘OK, can you handle this? Is this just a one-hit wonder? Can you be consistent?’ Yesterday we gave some reps to some other guys with the first team just to see is it going to rattle him, is it going to shake him. He’s been great."
Aug 23 - 8:56 PM

According to NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter, Boise State senior DB Donte Deayon plays bigger than his size.

Deayon's size will almost certainly make any path to the next level more difficult. He's listed at 5-foot-9, 150 pounds. That being said, Reuter likes his moxie, noting that the senior defender "would take on any receiver at any time, tackling them in the open field or out-leaping them for jump balls downfield." His most obvious path to the next level, speculated the NFL draft analyst, would likely be on special teams "until his coaches trust him against pro receivers on an every-down basis."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 19 - 8:42 PM

Boise State redshirt senior OT Rees Odhiambo "has flashed the talent to play in the NFL, but has missed several starts over the past two years due to injuries," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"If this 6-4, 303-pound native of Kenya can stay healthy throughout his entire senior year, he can show scouts that he has the footwork to succeed in their game," Reuter wrote. "Whether he serves as an undersized tackle or proves strong enough to move inside, Odhiambo (pronounced AH-dee-AHM-bo) has skills worthy of a mid-round pick." If he did so, Odhiambo (pronounced AH-dee-AHM-bo) would mimic the career trajectory of former Boise State LT Daryn Colledge.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 7:07 PM

Boise State listed four QBs as co-starters in the school's pre-camp depth chart.

Sophomore Ryan Finley, who is facing two misdemeanor charges, is the presumed starter. The three other names are Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and Brett Rypien. We understand two names, but four names means the coaching staff is keeping the decision from the public.
Jul 30 - 12:48 PM

Boise State sophomore QB Ryan Finley's court date has been delayed again and now will take place on September 28.

Finley is facing two charges, one for possession of an alcoholic beverage as a minor and resisting or obstructing officers. The sophomore was (and still is) expected to replace last season's starter, Grant Hedrick. The trial date is scheduled after four games into Boise State's season.
Jul 28 - 8:50 AM

Boise State junior DE Kamalei Correa is "going to be pegged as an OLB on some of these lists but we'll see how he fills out," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

As is, the venerable analyst ranks Correa as the No. 5 underclassman defensive end prospect in the nation. "This guy really jumped off the screen for me in 2014, emerging as probably the best pass-rusher in the Mountain West last season," Kiper wrote. "He won't be a secret for long." The 6-foot-3, 244-pounder had 12 sacks, 19 TFL, two forced fumbles and 59 tackles as a sophomore last year.
Jul 21 - 12:16 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Boise State senior S Darian Thompson as the fifth-best senior safety prospect in the country.

"A typical good developmental story out of Boise State, a three-star recruit who is going to play on Sundays," Kiper wrote. "Thompson shows great instincts and range and is a ballhawk who has shown impressive ball skills. He has good length at 6-2 as well." The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson logged seven interceptions, 71 tackles and five TFL in 2014.
Jul 19 - 3:50 PM

Boise State junior DE Kamalei Correa "gives the Broncos a solid athlete to use off the edge as a hybrid end/linebacker edge rusher," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pounder had 12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and 59 tackles in his breakout sophomore campaign. Perhaps you recall his work in the Fiesta Bowl win over Arizona when he went off for 10 tackles and two sacks. Brown says Correa is the No. 19 defensive end in the land.
Jul 13 - 10:27 PM

Boise State redshirt senior WR Troy Ware tore his ACL during spring activities, ending his college career.

Ware plans on entering the 2016 NFL Draft. The receiver started one game last year and caught 22 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns during his career.
Jul 11 - 2:38 PM

Boise State senior S Darian Thompson "will cement his status as one of the best all-around safeties in the draft class" with another good season, reasons NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The All-American had seven interceptions in 2014 and has 14 in his career. "But the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender isn't just a ballhawk -- he is a physical presence in the secondary and solid tackler in space and behind the line of scrimmage," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 1 - 5:03 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 7:19 PM


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