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Boise State star is a potential 2020 NFL first-round pick, and there’s another on radar

We have barely moved past the 2019 NFL Draft, so you know what that means — way, way too early 2020 mock drafts!

But as useless as they always prove to be, it usually is a good indication of who college football’s top players will be this upcoming season. And the nation is noticing a current Boise State star.

Curtis Weaver, the Broncos’ extremely productive STUD end, is already on the radar for draft experts. He will be a redshirt junior this coming fall, so he would need to declare early to be in next year’s draft.

Weaver, who already is tied for sixth in school history with 20.5 sacks, is the name being thrown around the most. The Sporting News ranks him the No. 22 overall draft prospect, No. 1 among edge rushers, while mocks him to the Saints at No. 31 overall. has him as a “potential first-round candidate.” Yahoo! lists him among “others to watch” outside the top 10.

“Weaver is among the top edge rushers in this year’s draft; a class that won’t be anywhere near as strong as 2019,” Bill Bender of The Sporting News wrote. “Weaver will have competition, but if he shows the same consistency with sacks and tackles for loss this spot will hold.”

But as much as Weaver already has grabbed attention, the NFL is bound to pay notice to the Broncos’ starting left tackle, also a redshirt junior. Ezra Cleveland is 6-foot-6, 311 pounds, and has started all 27 games in his career. He was first-team All-Mountain West as a sophomore, when he was graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 7 offensive tackle in the nation.

Boise State is one of nine schools that has had an early entrant taken in the last six drafts, along with Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Penn State, Stanford and Washington.

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.