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Another former Boise State star lands with the Dallas Cowboys

Cedrick Wilson highlights from 2017 Boise State football season

Watch some of Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson's top plays from the 2017 season. (Highlights courtesy of Boise State and the Mountain West)
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Watch some of Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson's top plays from the 2017 season. (Highlights courtesy of Boise State and the Mountain West)

Now it's just getting crazy.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State wide receiver Cedrick Wilson in the sixth round Saturday (208th overall). That gives them four former Broncos on their roster, plus quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore.

"Find a woman, a man, a pet, anyone that loves you the way the Cowboys love Boise State," longtime Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw tweeted.

Ex-Boise State players that also were in the NFL chimed in on social media, from safety Jeron Johnson saying "Boise State Cowboys," to linebacker Shea McClellin adding "(Dallas) building a Boise State All-Star team."

"We feel like you've done a lot of great stuff so far, but you're going to get a lot better," coach Jason Garrett told Wilson when the pick was made.

After linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was taken 19th overall by the Cowboys on Thursday, Wilson's selection gave Boise State multiple selections in six of the past eight drafts. Wilson was the 26th receiver drafted and the first Bronco taken at the position since 2011. It is the second time two Broncos were taken by the same team in a draft. The Atlanta Falcons took defensive back Jeff Turk and linebacker John Rade in the seventh and eight round, respectively, in 1983.

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"Wilson is an above-average vertical threat with a knack for making one-on-one plays downfield," ESPN's scouting report on Wilson said. "He shows good quickness and open-field instincts and grades out as a sub-package slot receiver who could become an adequate No. 2."

Wilson had a school-record 1,511 yards receiving last season as a senior. His 2,640 career yards are No. 7 in Boise State history, and he did it in just two years. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Cedrick Sr., who was taken in the sixth round in 2001 (169th overall). Cedrick Sr. played seven NFL seasons.

In Dallas, Wilson has plenty of friendly faces. In addition to Vander Esch, the Cowboys have defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on the roster. Moore is in his first year as quarterbacks coach after serving as a backup QB for the Cowboys.

Vander Esch, a captain with Wilson last season, was understandably excited, tweeting out "this can't be happening."

The Cowboys, who recently released Dez Bryant, were busy mixing up the receiver room. They took Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup in the third round Friday, then traded for the Rams' Tavon Austin and dealt Ryan Switzer to the Raiders on Saturday.

Wilson battled multiple injuries while at Boise State, including a shoulder that nagged him all last season, and rolled both ankles during his 221-yard performance in the Las Vegas Bowl. That may have dropped his stock a bit, along with a lack of top-end speed or ideal weight (6-foot-2, 194 pounds).

But the results are undeniable — Pro Football Focus ranked him among the nation's most complete receivers, as passers had a 118.0 rating throwing to him, with the average receiver at 90.4.

"I could throw the ball, literally, wherever I wanted to him, and I knew he was going up to get it," senior quarterback Brett Rypien said in a video posted by Boise State.

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS: Former Boise State tight end Jake Roh said he signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Undrafted free agent guard Skyler Phillips (Idaho State) signed with the Seahawks.

Boise State selections in last five NFL drafts


Leighton Vander Esch, LB, 1st round (19th overall), Cowboys*

Cedrick Wilson, WR, 6th round (208th overall), Cowboys


Jeremy McNichols, RB, 5th round (162nd overall), Buccaneers*

Tanner Vallejo, LB, 6th round (195th overall), Bills


Kamalei Correa, DE/LB, 2nd round (42nd overall), Ravens*

Darian Thompson, S, 3rd round (71st overall), Giants

Rees Odhiambo, OL, 3rd round (97th overall), Seahawks


Jay Ajayi, RB, 5th round (149th overall), Dolphins*


DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, 2nd round (34th), Cowboys*

Matt Paradis, C, 6th round (207th), Broncos

Charles Leno Jr., OL, 7th round (246th), Bears

*-early entrant