The Boise St. Broncos had running back Doug Martin and Shea McClellin who were drafted in the first round of Thursday's 2012 NFL Draft. There could be possibly two more Boise State players taken in Friday's second and third rounds.
Walter Football has two mock drafts for Friday's next two rounds and they project three Boise State players to be taken in the third round. Here is where and what they are saying about these picks:
No. 74 Kansas City Chiefs: George Iloka, S, Boise State
When asked in a recent interview what the second-most important position is in football (behind quarterback), Romeo Crennel said: "safety." It sounds crazy, but safeties are very important in his defensive scheme. He likes using three on the field at most times.
sThe Broncos grab a second defensive tackle to fortify their interior line.While Winn played well as a nose tackle in a 4-3 in college, the 6-foot-4, 294-pounder could also be a potential fit as a 3-4 defensive end. He is a quality run defender with the ability to contribute some pass rush. Winn was an AP All-American third-teamer in 2010, recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. He also had a quality sophomore season with 12.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks.
A physical pass rusher, Winn is strong at the point of attack and would be a good five-technique. He got 2011 started with a good game against Georgia. Winn recorded four tackles and .5 sacks to help Boise State beat up on the Bulldogs' offensive line. He had 34 tackles with eight tackles for a loss and three sacks this year.
Winn had a sack-fumble against Fresno State but was not credited for the sack by the NCAA official scorers. He finished strong with a big bowl performance against Arizona State. However, Winn was inconsistent at the Senior Bowl, although he did do well at the Combine.
No. 82 Tennessee Titans: Tank Carder, ILB/OLB, TCU
The 6-foot-3, 237-pound Carder is a hard-nosed football player who looks like he would have the ability to add some more bulk and play on the inside of a 3-4 defense as well as a 4-3. To open the 2011 season, Carder was quiet as he played with a broken hand, but he finished the year strong.
Carder totaled 70 tackles with three passes broken up and two interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2011. He played well late in the season, including strong games against BYU and Boise State. The senior has the ability to play outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense.
Carder had 60 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery in 2010. The year before, he broke into the starting lineup and registered 89 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss. For both 2011 and 2010, Carder was the conference Defensive Player of the Year. He was also the Rose Bowl MVP in TCU's 2010 win over Wisconsin. Carder runs well and has good instincts.
After having a strong week at the East-West Shrine, Carder followed that up with a good Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, an excellent time for a middle linebacker,
There should be a lot more action for Mountain West teams in Day 2 of the NFL Draft.