By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Three players have emerged from all-star season as contenders for Boise State’s No. 1 NFL prospect, according to a scout who attended Senior Bowl practices.
Tailback Doug Martin is the front-runner, with linebacker/defensive end Shea McClellin and defensive end Tyrone Crawford close behind, the scout said. Martin and McClellin played in the Senior Bowl on Saturday; Crawford played in the East-West Shrine Game a week earlier.
“(Martin) is a complete back at 5-9,” the scout said. “It’s probably him.”
Here’s the scout’s take on how the five Broncos performed in the Senior Bowl. (My recap can be read here.)
“It was kind of like a microcosm of the week, I thought,” the scout said.
“(Safety George Iloka), you can’t really do much in that game because he’s playing so deep. He was good all week, so there was really nothing for him to do.
“(McClellin) was great during the game but he was good during the week as well. He showed his versatility.
“(Defensive tackle Billy Winn), I didn’t see him do much. He flashed a little bit during the game.
“(Martin) … great week, he showed what a complete player he was yesterday.
“(Moore) would have had a touchdown, could have been an offensive MVP candidate if guys were catching those balls. He’s like an acquired taste — either you love him or you don’t.”
I’ll have an evaluation of how the Senior Bowl affected each player, and what’s next for them, in Monday’s Idaho Statesman.