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Mountain West could produce double-digit NFL Draft picks

Former Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis.
Former Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell runs a drill at the NFL scouting combine on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Indianapolis. The Associated Press

The Mountain West Conference has been playing the good-news, bad-news game for the past three NFL Drafts.

The league has produced 33 draft picks in the past three years, including a league-best 16 in 2014. However, the MW hasn’t had a first-round pick since Boise State teammates Shea McClellin (No. 19, Bears) and Doug Martin (No. 31, Bucs) went in 2012.

The league could see double-digit draftees this week and potentially a first-rounder.

Here is a breakdown of each team’s best chances and each players’ projected selection, based on consensus of national mock drafts.

▪ Boise State: Kamalei Correa, LB/DE, Rounds 1-2; Darian Thompson, S, 2-3; Rees Odhiambo, OL, 5-6; Marcus Henry, C, 6-free agent; Donte Deayon, CB, 7-FA

▪ Colorado State: Rashard Higgins, WR, 2-3; Cory James, LB, 7-FA; DeAndre Elliott, CB, 7-FA; Trent Matthews, S, 7-FA

▪ Fresno State: Marteze Waller, RB, 7-FA

▪ Nevada: Ian Seau, OLB, 7

▪ New Mexico: Jhurell Pressley, RB, 7

▪ San Diego State: Darrell Greene, G, 6; Pearce Slater, OT, 7-FA

▪ San Jose State: Tyler Ervin, RB, 4-5; Cleveland Wallace, CB, 6-7

▪ Utah State: Kyler Fackrell, LB, 2-3; Nick Vigil, LB, 5-6; Hunter Sharp, WR, 6-7

TELEVISION

▪ Thursday: Round 1, 6 p.m., ESPN and NFL Network

▪ Friday: Rounds 2-3, 5 p.m. on ESPN, 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and NFL Network

▪ Saturday: Rounds 4-7, 10 a.m. on ESPN and NFL Network

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