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No Boise State players taken Saturday, but multiple Broncos to join teams as free agents

Former Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon was not drafted Saturday, but he quickly signed as a free agent with the New York Giants, joining former Bronco Darian Thompson.
Former Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon was not drafted Saturday, but he quickly signed as a free agent with the New York Giants, joining former Bronco Darian Thompson.

The most prolific defensive back tandem in Mountain West history is sticking together.

Though no Boise State Broncos were drafted in the final four rounds of the draft, which concluded Saturday after the 253rd pick, cornerback Donte Deayon announced minutes afterward he signed as a free agent with the New York Giants.

The Giants selected Boise State safety Darian Thompson in the third round Friday. Deayon had 17 interceptions in his Boise State career, third-most in Mountain West history, while Thompson’s 19 are No. 1.

“I’ll be playing with mah boy (Thompson) with the Giants,” Deayon said on Twitter.

Deayon was brought in by the Giants on April 17 as one of the 30 out-of-town prospects allowed by the NFL. The Giants, who allowed an NFL-worst 420 yards per game last season, drafted one cornerback, Ohio State’s Eli Apple.

Boise State had three players drafted: Thompson, linebacker Kamalei Correa (Baltimore Ravens) and Rees Odhiambo (Seattle Seahawks), with all three going Friday in the second and third rounds.

Two other former Broncos will join teams as free agents. Per Boise State, former linebacker Tyler Gray signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, and center Marcus Henry signed with the Saints. Mountain View High’s athletics Twitter account also said tight end/defensive end Tyler Horn accepted a rookie minicamp tryout invitation with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other undrafted free agent news, former Idaho running back Elijhaa Penny signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and linebacker Chris Edwards will have a rookie minicamp tryout with the Seahawks. Former Boise State safety Taylor Loffler, who transferred to the University of British Columbia last year, will have a tryout with the Giants. Idaho State defensive tackle Tyler Kuder, a Payette High graduate, signed with the Green Bay Packers, and soon after proposed to his girlfriend.

“After I signed it I was in shock and was like ‘holy crap, it’s happening,’” Kuder said via Idaho State’s sports information department.


Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday his team did not feel compelled to take a quarterback, and he was happy with former Boise State great Kellen Moore as Tony Romo’s backup.

Moore still will be the likely No. 2, but he will have another passer competing with him, as Dallas took Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round (135th overall).


Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor was the lone veteran traded during the draft, sent Saturday from the Miami Dolphins to the Cleveland Browns. Taylor, along with a seventh-round pick (250th overall), was traded to the Browns, while the Dolphins moved up to the 223rd spot, where they took Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty.

A second-round pick in 2013, Taylor has struggled most of his career in Miami. He made nine starts and made 82 tackles without an interception, scratched four of the past five games last season.


The Mountain West had nine players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, one fewer than last year. Correa was the conference’s highest pick, and Boise State led with three selections. San Jose State, Utah State and Colorado State had two selections apiece. Four players from the conference went Saturday, starting with San Jose State running back Tyler Ervin (to Houston) in the fourth round, 119th overall, and capped off with San Jose State guard Max Schweitzer (to Atlanta) in the sixth round, 195th overall. Seven conferences (and all of the Football Championship Subdivision) produced more picks. Only the MAC and Sun Belt produced fewer than the Mountain West.