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Three Boise State players getting busy at NFL Combine

Boise State defensive end Kamalei Correa sacks Northern Illinois quarterback Ryan Graham during the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Boise State defensive end Kamalei Correa sacks Northern Illinois quarterback Ryan Graham during the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Idaho Statesman file

Three former Boise State football players will work out in front of NFL scouts, coaches and player personnel at the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis the next five days.

The group includes defensive end/linebacker Kamalei Correa, safety Darian Thompson and offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo. All three are expected to be taken in the NFL Draft from April 28-30.

On-field workouts will be televised daily on NFL Network, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday.

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper spoke about each during a national teleconference Monday.

Here is a look at the trio, their combine schedules and what Kiper had to say:

KAMALEI CORREA, DE/LB

▪ Scoop: After logging 20 sacks in his three seasons at Boise State, Correa opted to forgo his senior year in favor of the NFL. It seems to be the right move, as quite a few mock drafts have him going in the first two rounds, including Kiper, who has him going No. 29 to the Arizona Cardinals. If he isn’t on some radars, his measurables this week could open some eyes in a league that loves versatile pass rushers like him.

▪ Schedule: Interviews Friday, bench press Saturday, on-field workouts Sunday

▪ Kiper: “When you watch him, he can put his hand down, he can play in space, he can be an inside linebacker down the road. When he pins his ears back, he’s a tough guy to deal with coming off the edge. ... He’s got an attitude and aggressive qualities you love. He’s a good football player, I think very underrated.”

DARIAN THOMPSON, S

▪ Scoop: As the desire for safeties who can create turnovers has increased, a player like Thompson is more and more in vogue in the NFL. A former cornerback, he broke the Mountain West career interceptions record (19), passing the Chargers’ Eric Weddle (Utah), whose skillset is similar. A big week at the Senior Bowl in January helped, and his stock should continue to increase with solid workouts.

▪ Schedule: Interviews Saturday, bench press Sunday, on-field workouts Monday

▪ Kiper: “A big play safety. In this league, to be able to find the ball skills and be able to go out there, just impact the game and force turnovers, that’s Darian Thompson’s game. I think he’s a solid (second-round pick).”

REES ODHIAMBO, OL

▪ Scoop: Odhiambo could have a lot to benefit from this week as he meets with teams after a broken ankle kept him out the final two months of the season. He weighed in at 6-foot-4 and 314 pounds Wednesday. He played 32 games at Boise State (25 starts), primarily at tackle, but his size has many teams thinking he moves inside. He isn’t expected to do on-field drills, but should at the Broncos’ Pro Day on March 31 in Boise.

▪ Schedule: Interviewed Wednesday, bench press Thursday, on-field workouts Friday (not expected to participate)

▪ Kiper:“I think he will be a guard. He probably could end up being a fifth- or sixth-round pick.”

NOTE: Though he wasn’t invited to the combine, Kiper said of former Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon: “I think he has a role in the league as a third, fourth, nickel/dime guy in the third or fourth round.”

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Recent Boise State Broncos at the NFL Combine

▪ 2015: Jay Ajayi, RB

▪ 2014: Matt Paradis, OL; Demarcus Lawrence, DE; Charles Leno Jr., OL

▪ 2013: Jamar Taylor, CB; D.J. Harper, RB

▪ 2012: Nate Potter, OL; Doug Martin, RB; Billy Winn, DL; George Iloka, S; Shea McClellin, DE/LB; Tyrone Crawford, DE; Kellen Moore, QB

▪ 2011: Titus Young, WR; Austin Pettis, WR; Brandyn Thompson, CB; Ryan Winterswyk, DE; Jeron Johnson, S

Schedule

  • Friday: Running backs, offensive linemen and special teams
  • Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends
  • Sunday: Offensive linemen, linebackers
  • Monday: Defensive backs

Sessions air at 7 a.m. on NFL Network.

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