Bronco Beat

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. discusses Boise State’s NFL prospects, says three may be drafted

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. hosted a teleconference for national media last week, and he discussed Boise State’s draft prospects a bit. Check out the entire audio here, but below is what he said on the Broncos.

RB Jeremy McNichols: “McNichols is going to (get drafted), I think he can go as high as the fourth round. It depends upon the (teams’) opinion of those running backs outside the top 10 group, when you get to this group, with Joe Williams from Utah, Wayne Gallman from Clemson, Matt Dayes from NC State, Aaron Jones from UTEP, Jamaal Williams from BYU, and Marlon Mack from South Florida. In that group is Jeremy McNichols, that’s going to determine, if you put him at the top of that group, he’s a fourth-round pick, maybe a third, put him at the bottom of that group, he’s a sixth, seventh-round pick. I think after it all shakes out, he’s a fourth- or fifth-round pick.”

LB Tanner Vallejo: “More of a late-round pick, he’ll help on special teams right away.”

WR Thomas Sperbeck: “I think Thomas Sperbeck, as a slot receiver, with his hands and overall ability, could be a late-rounder or priority free agent that can make a football team.”

Check out our coverage from March 30’s pro day here. The NFL Draft begins April 27 with the first round, continues April 28 with the second and third rounds, and concludes April 29 with the final four rounds.