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Bills select former Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo in sixth round

Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. He was taken in the sixth round Saturday by the Buffalo Bills.
Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. He was taken in the sixth round Saturday by the Buffalo Bills.

The Buffalo Bills drafted former Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo in the sixth round, 195th overall, on Saturday.

Vallejo, who had 69 tackles in nine games last season before opting to end his senior year to have wrist surgery, was watched at March 30’s pro day in Boise by the Bills’ linebackers coach.

He is the eighth Boise State defensive player taken in the last six drafts. As a sophomore, Vallejo had a monster season with 100 tackles (16.5 for loss), three fumble recoveries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Moving around to different spots as a junior and with a nagging ankle injury, he had 57 tackles (eight for loss).

On ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. said that Vallejo “has a shot,” while fellow broadcaster Bucky Brooks said the Bills’ draft “is blue collar, top to bottom.”

At the NFL combine in early March, Vallejo performed well, check out the story here. Click here for a video interview with him at pro day, and what mock drafts/scouts had to say about him here. And here is our story from November on when he opted to end his season.

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