By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Former Boise State cornerback Brandyn Thompson was taken by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Thompson was the 213th overall pick and the 10th pick of the seventh and final round.
He is the third Bronco taken this year. He also is the fourth Boise State defensive back drafted in the past five years.
Here are some highlights from my conversation with Thompson:
— He began the day watching the draft at home in Elk Grove, Calif., but went outside in the fifth round. "I went outside and chilled with friends," he said. "While I was out there (Redskins coach Mike) Shanahan gave me a call. ... I did so well with it for so long. Usually I'm kind of real mellow and laid back about it. As it got closer, the anxiety and nervousness kicked in. It was pretty tough."
— He didn't see his name appear on TV. "But I heard the rest of my family going crazy inside. My family definitely had a good time with it. My parents lost their minds."
— On his only game at FedExField, the season opener against Virginia Tech in September: "So far, so good, right? Hopefully that success will carry over."
— On his feelings: "I'm appreciative. My whole life, I'm always fighting my size, all the things the critics say about me. Now it's another opportunity to prove them wrong. I'm going to try to take full advantage. ... I use that as fuel."
— On how long he's had this dream: "Since I was a little kid, 8 years old. ... I got a little emotional. I kind of broke down there. I kind of let it go."
Here's what Shanahan said, according to ESPN Radio 980 in Washington, D.C.: "I feel very fortunate he was there. A very sharp kid."
Safety Jeron Johnson, the Broncos' leading tackler the past three years, and defensive end Ryan Winterswyk, a three-time All-WAC first-teamer, weren't drafted. Now they have to wait for a resolution to the labor situation before they can sign as undrafted free agents. Twenty-three undrafted free agents played in the Pro Bowl this year.
"I'm lost for words right now!!" Johnson tweeted. "Appreciate the support from everyone this wknd tho."
Former Idaho safety Shiloh Keo was drafted by the Houston Texans on Saturday.
The Texans took Keo with the 144th pick, No. 13 in the fifth round. The Texans have been loading up with defenders in this draft. He's the fifth defensive player and third defensive back the team has taken.
Later in the fifth round, the Chicago Bears took former Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle with the 160th overall pick and the 29th pick of the round. The Bears have four other quarterbacks on the roster — starter Jay Cutler and veteran backup Todd Collins (39 years old) and young backups Caleb Hanie (Colorado State) and Matt Gutierrez (Idaho State).
Idaho tight end Daniel Hardy went to Tampa Bay in the seventh round. Hardy was the 238th pick overall and the 35th pick of the final round.
The St. Louis Rams added Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday to go with Boise State's Austin Pettis in the third round.
The Rams clearly are trying to give second-year quarterback Sam Bradford more support. No Rams receiver had more than three touchdown catches last year. The ESPN analysts questioned the move, saying Pettis and Salas are too similar.
ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen said the Rams were looking for smart receivers to fit into new coordinator Josh McDaniels' offense.
"You’ve got to have smarts to play for Josh McDaniels," Mortensen said. "They certainly are building around Sam Bradford."
Salas, Pettis and Boise State's Titus Young (second round) were the All-WAC wide receivers in 2009 and 2010.
Here is a story on Titus Young from the Detroit Free Press.
Here is a story on Austin Pettis from the Rams website.
Here are the updated Boise State, WAC and Boise State opponents lists:
No. 44 (second round): WR Titus Young (Lions)
No. 78 (third): WR Austin Pettis (Rams)
No. 213 (seventh): CB Brandyn Thompson (Redskins)
No. 144 (fifth round): S Shiloh Keo (Texans)
No. 160 (fifth): QB Nathan Enderle (Bears)
No. 238 (seventh): TE Daniel Hardy (Buccaneers)
No. 36 (second round): QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (49ers)
No. 44 (second): WR Titus Young, Boise State (Lions)
No. 66 (third): DE Dontay Moch, Nevada (Bengals)
No. 78 (third): WR Austin Pettis, Boise State (Rams)
No. 90 (third): DB Curtis Marsh, Utah State (Eagles)
No. 96 (third): RB Alex Green, Hawaii (Packers)
No. 112 (fourth): WR Greg Salas, Hawaii (Rams)
No. 131 (fourth): CB Davon House, New Mexico State (Packers)
No. 132 (fifth): WR Kealoha Pilares, Hawaii (Panthers)
No. 144 (fifth round): S Shiloh Keo, Idaho (Texans)
No. 160 (fifth): QB Nathan Enderle, Idaho (Bears)
No. 162 (fifth): DE/OLB Chris Carter, Fresno State (Steelers)
No. 204 (seventh): TE Virgil Green, Nevada (Broncos)
No. 210 (seventh): OL Andrew Jackson, Fresno State (Falcons)
No. 213 (seventh): CB Brandyn Thompson, Boise State (Redskins)
No. 238 (seventh): TE Daniel Hardy, Idaho (Buccaneers)
Other Boise State opponents:
No. 8 (first round): QB Jake Locker, Washington (Titans)
No. 35 (second): QB Andy Dalton, TCU (Bengals)
No. 38 (second): RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (Cardinals)
No. 53 (second): DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State (Bears)
No. 108 (fourth): S Quinton Carter, Oklahoma (Broncos)
No. 116 (fourth): LB Casey Matthews, Oregon (Eagles)
No. 121 (fourth): DB Chris Prosinski, Wyoming (Jaguars)
No. 127 (fourth): CB Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech (Texans)
No. 138 (fifth): OL Marcus Cannon, TCU (Patriots)
No. 139 (fifth): CB Brandon Burton, Utah (Vikings)
No. 140 (fifth): OLB Gabe Miller, Oregon State (Chiefs)
No. 145 (fifth): RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State (Falcons)
No. 153 (fifth): WR Jeremy Kerley, TCU (Jets)
No. 174 (sixth): FB/TE Charles Clay, Tulsa (Dolphins)
No. 176 (sixth): WR Dwayne Harris, East Carolina (Cowboys)
No. 179 (sixth): OL Caleb Schlauderaff, Utah (Packers)
No. 180 (sixth): QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (Ravens)
No. 190 (sixth): S Colin Jones, TCU (49ers)
No. 219 (seventh): DB Malcolm Williams, TCU (Patriots)