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Boise State S Darian Thompson met with 15 general managers and had a personal interview with an NFL HC at the Senior Bowl and leaves the week "a winner," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"One team that is not in the market for a safety graded Thompson as a late first-round pick," Pauline wrote. "The one criticism the safety heard during the week centered on the occasional missed tackle last season. One person familiar with the Boise State program said it was more a symptom of Thompson trying to do too much to make up for the lack of playmakers on the Broncos' defense." The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder notched 60 tackles (8.5 for loss), a sack, five interceptions and two forced fumbles last season. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler said he's a "prospect who made money this [Senior Bowl] week."
Feb 2 - 1:09 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler called Boise State S Darian Thompson a "prospect who made money this [Senior Bowl] week."

Brugler noted that Thompson's film is inconsistent and that he showed some of that on Saturday. "But," the analyst continued, "there was more good than bad with his plant-and-drive quickness, trusting his eyes and reacting decisively to make plays." The 6-foot-2, 210-pound product of the Boise Valley notched 60 tackles (8.5 for loss), a sack, five interceptions and two forced fumbles this past season. He's picked off 11 passes in the last two years. Earlier this week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Thompson took part in a long interview with the New York Jets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 6:00 PM

Boise State hired Hawaii OC Zak Hill to serve as co-offensive coordinator and QB coach.

Hill's stint as Hawaii's offensive coordinator turned out to be a very, very short one. He held the job for just over a month before the Broncos lured him back to the mainland. One of his most vocal supporters would be Oregon QB Vernon Adams, who worked with Hill at Eastern Washington before he transferred to the Ducks over the summer of 2015. Hill was passing coordinator for the FCS squad during Adams' time there. Said the quarterback, "He’s a great coach, he’s a great leader. I think he’ll be really good for Boise State." He went on to say, "He’s not one of those coaches who is serious 100 percent of the time. You need a coach that’s going to let loose, talk to you about stuff outside of football." As it now shakes out, HC Bryan Harsin will handle offensive play-calling, while Hill and former OL coach Scott Huff will act as co-offensive coordinators.
Jan 30 - 8:17 PM

The Jets had a lengthy interview with Boise State S Darian Thompson on Tuesday, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Thompson had a terrific practice yesterday," he wrote. Thompson is also impressing the throng of onlookers at Wednesday's session. Pauline indicates that Thompson has been drawing Day 2 grades.
Jan 27 - 10:01 PM

SI's Chris Burke overheard an NFL scout say that Boise State S Darian Thompson has been the best defensive back so far at the Senior Bowl.

"Looks great," Burke said. This 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist is currently viewed as a Day 2 pick. Per CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang, Thompson is "prototypically built, highly aggressive and a proven playmaker."
Jan 27 - 6:24 PM

According to multiple outlets, three-star RB Alexander Mattison has committed to Boise State.

Rivals was the first to report Mattison's commitment. The 6-foot, 200-pound back out of San Bernardino put up some mind-melting numbers as a senior, rushing for 2,057 yards (13.6 YPC) and 22 touchdowns. Greg Biggins of Scout.com noted that he's "more quick than fast," at least in terms of how he'll fare against collegiate competition. Lack of breakaway speed aside, though, Biggins likes him as a "powerful kid [and] decisive runner [who] shows patience, balance and a natural instinct for running the football." He'll have the luxury of learning behind stud soon-to-be-junior RB Jeremy McNichols. Boise State's shown a knack for recruiting sneaky-good running backs and Mattison could well fall into that mold in the coming years.
Jan 24 - 7:24 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl noted that "size is the only concern" with Boise State CB Donte Deayon.

Weidl's been watching Deayon like a hawk during the practice week leading up to Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. On Tuesday he wrote that the 5-foot-9, 155-pound prospect "made a ton of plays in coverage," and on Thursday, he went even further in saying that the now-former Bronco showcased "mirror skills, instincts and finishes." His size will almost certainly knock him back in the draft, but everything else about his game indicates that he should be a contributor at the NFL level.
Jan 21 - 4:19 PM

Boise State redshirt sophomore TE David Lucero has been dismissed from the football program.

Lucero pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery charges in December. He was initially arrested on a felony charge alleging that he attempted to strange a female student he was romantically attached to. AD Curt Apsey said, "This type of behavior does not align with the core values of the athletic department at Boise State." The 6-foot-5, 230-pound redshirt sophomore had hoped he would be able to return to the program, but that won't be happening. In limited action last season, he caught four passes for 63 yards.
Jan 19 - 9:57 PM

Boise State promoted LB coach Andy Avalos to defense coordinator.

The Broncos moved swiftly to replace Marcel Yates, who used his two years as defensive coordinator with BSU to vault to the same position at Arizona this past week. For his part, the 35-year-old Avalos is thought of as a riser in coaching circles. He also brings a strong recruiting element to his new DC role. His linebacking unit was adept at forcing turnovers in their two years under his watchful eye, registering eight interceptions and eight forced fumbles in that space.
Jan 19 - 6:53 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl wrote that Boise State CB Donte Deayon "made a ton of plays in coverage" during Tuesday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practice.

Deayon doesn't have your prototypical corner's build, as he stands just 5-foot-9, 155 pounds. Despite the size disadvantage, Weidl noted that the now-former Bronco standout "twitched up and flashed determination." After recording 12 combined interceptions over the last two seasons, Deayon picked off two passes in 2015, to go with 33 tackles (2.5 for loss) and seven passes defended. The numbers might look modest, but he missed three games due to injury.
Jan 19 - 6:01 PM

Boise State T Rees Odhiambo and S Darian Thompson both received combine invites.

As expected. The NFL will be most interested in checking out the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Odhiambo's ankle, which he broke in October. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Odhiambo will an interior player at the next level: "NFL scouts are concerned about his arm length. ... Odhiambo has the athletic build of a tackle. However, he will get pigeon-holed as a zone-only guard unless he proves that his body can add mass."
Jan 18 - 9:29 PM

Boise State senior CB Donte Deayon will play in the NFLPA Bowl.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Deayon doesn't have the frame to be an NFL star, but there's hope that he has the skill and toughness to hang around at the next level as a role player. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote back in September that Deayon "has enough ability to line up as a dime back/special teams player."
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Jan 8 - 7:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Boise State junior edge rusher Kamalei Correa "isn't a polished technician as a pass rusher, but he gets by on pure speed and agility."

"Once [Correa] learns to consistently use his hands," Jeremiah noted, "he'll take his game to a whole new level." The 6-foot-3, 244-pound junior wasn't quite able to match a standout sophomore campaign that saw him rack up 59 tackles (19 for loss) and 12 sacks, but his 2015 numbers (36 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks) are still respectable. He played in 14 games in 2014, vs 12 this past year. Summed up Jeremiah, "He's extremely explosive, athletic and productive. His motor is outstanding, too."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 4 - 9:14 PM

Boise State junior edge rusher Kamalei Correa has signed with Priority Sports and will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Now that Correa's signed with the agents at Priority Sports, it's official that he'll forego his senior season for the draft this spring. Following Boise State's win in the Poinsettia Bowl, the 6-foot-3, 244-pounder indicated that his decision had not yet been made. He was named the defensive MVP of the team's win over Northern Illinois. In the bowl, he recorded four tackles (2.5 for loss) and a pair of sacks. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang has called Correa a "versatile edge rusher." He tends to find success more on motor than pure athletic ability.
Jan 2 - 11:10 PM

Boise State sophomore RB Jeremy McNichols rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries while catching five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 55-7 win over Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

McNichols more/less buried Northern Illinois by himself in the first quarter, scoring all three of his touchdowns. In addition to his rushing prowess--and had the game not been a blowout, he easily would have surpassed 100 yards rushing--the 5-foot-9, 205-pound sophomore showed off his versatility in logging his seventh contest with at least five catches. He finishes the 2015 campaign with 1,337 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, plus 51 catches for 460 yards and an additional six scores.
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