NFL Draft blog: NFL.com mock had Martin (No. 22), McClellin (No. 28) in first round

By Chadd Cripe and Brian Murphy
sports@idahostatesman.com
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

Crawford moves to No. 1 on CFL prospect list

Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford has been elevated to the No. 1 prospect in the Canadian Football League draft. He isn't likely to be the No. 1 pick, though, because he has expressed a preference to play in the NFL.

Crawford, who is from Windsor, Ontario, had been ranked No. 2 for a while by the official CFL scouting service.

— Chadd Cripe

Bill Parcells isn't high on Broncos

Legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells had his one-hour special on ESPN on Tuesday night, giving insight into how the draft works. He had his draft board behind him — and it wasn't friendly to the Boise State prospects.

Parcells rated Doug Martin as the No. 4 tailback, a second-rounder. He placed defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin in the fifth round. Defensive tackle Billy Winn was a third-rounder, safety George Iloka was a fifth-rounder and offensive tackle Nate Potter was a fourth-rounder. Defensive end Tyrone Crawford and quarterback Kellen Moore were not even on the board, as far as I could tell.

Interestingly, Moore meets all of Parcells' quarterback criteria — three-year starter, start 30 games, win 23 games, have a two-to-one touchdown-to-interception ratio, complete 60 percent of passes, play as a senior and graduate from college.

Parcells also posted the average size and speed of NFL players at every position to show the "prototype." At rush end, the prototype is 6-foot-3 1/2, 266 pounds with a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash. McClellin is 6-3, 260 with a 4.63 40 time.

— Chadd Cripe

Will Martin, McClellin both go in first round?

• We have updated some of the mock drafts below. Mike Mayock, the lead NFL Draft analyst for the NFL Network and NFL.com, released his first and only mock draft projection Wednesday.

He has Cleveland selecting Doug Martin at No. 22 in the first round and Green Bay picking Shea McClellin at No. 28 in the first round. Mayock will explain those selections during a special on NFL Network at 6 p.m. MDT today.

Boise State has only had two first-round picks in the NFL Draft — offensive tackle Ryan Clady (No. 12 in 2008) and cornerback Kyle Wilson (No. 29 in 2010).

• Sports Illustrated tabs Boise State's Shea McClellin and Idaho's Korey Toomer as late risers in the draft.

McClellin is almost certain to go in the first round. Toomer's climb might land him somewhere between the third and fifth rounds. He has visited close to a dozen NFL teams.

• Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy: Will pass-happy NFL undervalue Doug Martin?

• Idaho Statesman's Brian Murphy: Can Kellen Moore break Boise State's drought of QB playing time in the NFL?

— Brian Murphy

LATEST RANKINGS AND MOCK DRAFTS

Todd McShay, ESPN.com

Top 100 (4/9)
36. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB
41. Doug Martin, RB
81. Tyrone Crawford, DE
86. Billy Winn, DT

Note: As of 4/18, McShay has McClellin at No. 23 on his board.

Mock draft (4/25)
27 (first round). Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots
33 (second). Doug Martin, RB, Rams
92 (third). Tyrone Crawford, DE, 49ers
104 (fourth). Billy Winn, DT, Panthers
114 (fourth). George Iloka, S, Eagles
172 (sixth). Nate Potter, OT, Eagles
234 (seventh). Kellen Moore, QB, Saints

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN

Mock draft (4/25)
23. Doug Martin, RB, Lions
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Position rankings (4/4)
Running back: 3 — Doug Martin
Outside linebacker: 3 — Shea McClellin
Safety: 5 — George Iloka

Don Banks, SI.com

Mock Draft (4/25)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Pro Football Weekly

Draft grades (4/12)
(The number is the round; the letter is the priority in that round, A through C)
2A. Doug Martin, RB
2C. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB
3C. Billy Winn, DT
3C. Tyrone Crawford, DE
3C. George Iloka, S
5C. Nate Potter, OT
5C. Kellen Moore, QB

Steve Wyche, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/16)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Charley Casserly, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/13)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers
33. Doug Martin, RB, Rams

Charles Davis, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/11)
No Broncos in first round

Mike Mayock, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/25)
22. Doug Martin, RB, Browns
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Position rankings (4/24)
Running back: 2 — Doug Martin
Outside linebacker: 1 — Shea McClellin

Top 100 (4/23)
14. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB
17. Doug Martin, RB
73. Tyrone Crawford, DE
83. Billy Winn, DT

Albert Breer, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/9)
31. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots

Chad Reuter, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/25)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers
36. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
59. Billy Winn, DT, Packers
97. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Colts
106. George Iloka, S, Seahawks
192. Nate Potter, OT, Falcons
234. Kellen Moore, QB, Saints

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/2)
No Broncos in first round

Top 50
39. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB
42. Doug Martin, RB

Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Top 125
31. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB
50. Doug Martin, RB
65. Billy Winn, DT
87. Tyrone Crawford, DE

Brian Baldinger, NFL.com

Mock draft (4/4)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/23)
31. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots
54. George Iloka, S, Lions
57. Doug Martin, RB, Broncos

Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/22)
22. Doug Martin, RB, Browns
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/24)
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/23)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers
53. Doug Martin, RB, Bengals
59. George Iloka, S, Packers

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/24)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

Mock draft (4/23)
18. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Chargers
36. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
62. George Iloka, S, Patriots

Sporting News' local correspondents

Mock draft (4/20)
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots

Rainer Sabin, Dallas Morning News

Mock draft (4/25)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times

Mock draft (4/21)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Barry Wilner, Associated Press

Mock draft
No Broncos in first round

Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com

Mock draft (4/25)
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots
39. Doug Martin, RB, Rams
72. Nate Potter, OT, Dolphins
78. George Iloka, S, Chargers
122. Billy Winn, DT, Saints
225. Kellen Moore, QB, Seahawks

Russ Lande, Sporting News

Mock draft (4/24)
No Broncos in first round

Nate Davis, USA Today

Mock draft (4/25)
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots
31. Doug Martin, RB, Patriots

Jarrett Bell, USA Today

Mock draft (4/25)
32. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Giants

Jim Corbett, USA Today

Mock draft (4/25)
28. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Packers

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Mock draft (4/25)
No Broncos in first round

ESPN SportsCenter

Mock draft (4/25)
29. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Ravens

Evan Silva, NBC Sports

Mock draft (4/25)
25. Doug Martin, RB, Broncos
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots

Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune

Mock draft (4/26)
27. Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Patriots

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

ESPN cameras will follow Doug Martin during draft

Boise State tailback Doug Martin will follow the draft with his family at his grandfather's home in Oakland, Calif. An ESPN camera crew will be there, too, he said — on Thursday for the first round and, if necessary, on Friday for the second and third rounds.

"Hopefully I don't get too antsy and walk off," Martin said.

Martin visited the Browns and Chiefs and his Cowboys visit was canceled because of weather. He held a private workout for the Browns in Boise. The Bengals also sent several coaches to Boise for pro day.

Martin has impressed throughout draft prep — the Senior Bowl, combine and pro day — to become a potential first-rounder.

"I felt like I did a good job and helped myself a lot," he said.

- Chadd Cripe

Petersen calls Shea McClellin 'a trained assassin ... underrated'

Boise State football coach Chris Petersen said Tuesday on the Mountain West spring media teleconference that McClellin's ascent up draft boards reminds him of offensive tackle Ryan Clady, who became the Broncos' first first-round pick in 2008.

"Maybe in Shea's situation, we have a lot of good players on this team, so the wealth is spread out when people are talking about players," he said. "Shea McClellin is a trained assassin on the football field. That guy has been such an unbelievable player for a long time for us and completely and totally underrated, I think, in the public eye. I don't think so much in our opponents' eyes and certainly not in our coaches' eyes. I just think all that's coming to light right now."

Petersen also was asked about defensive tackle Billy Winn.

"Billy Winn's best years can be in front of him," Petersen said. "He's still getting better. He's still learning how to play at a consistently high level. I think Billy Winn can play for a long time in the NFL. ... He's an athletic, strong guy who's very explosive — so I think that gives him a lot of versatility."

- Chadd Cripe

Mayock bumps Shea McClellin up to No. 1 at outside linebacker

Mike Mayock of NFL Network updated his position rankings today — and he has Boise State's Shea McClellin ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker. That puts McClellin ahead of Melvin Ingram of South Carolina, who has been the consensus top choice at the position. If teams have McClellin at the top of the board, he could go in the first 15 picks.

Mayock also has released his top 100 — with McClellin at No. 14 and tailback Doug Martin at No. 17.

The links to Mayock's updated lists are in our mock drafts/rankings section below.

Nate Potter flying under the radar

Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter has had an unusually quiet draft prep. The consensus All-American wasn’t invited to an all-star game, he missed pro day with an injury and he hasn’t had any workouts or visits with NFL teams. He did attend the NFL Scouting Combine.

He’s expected to be drafted in the later rounds Saturday.

“It’s just all over the board,” Potter said of projections for where he could land. “It’s tough to say. … I’m just hoping to get drafted. At this point, you can’t be picky. I just need an opportunity.”

Potter focused so much on what he was doing throughout high school and college that he said the NFL was never much on his mind.

“Now that it’s coming up, it’s pretty surreal,” he said. “But there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Potter plans to hang out with family in Boise during the draft. He figures he’ll watch the TV coverage because as many as seven of his teammates could be picked.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “I’m excited for everybody, really. (Shea McClellin) is going to New York. It’s just a wild and exciting time for the Broncos.”

- Chadd Cripe

Tyrone Crawford enjoys return home to Canada

Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford is in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, spending draft week with his family. He plans to avoid the TV for the most part during the draft.

“It’s definitely exciting to be back here,” he said. “I went back to my high school to visit my old teachers. They were giving me friendly advice. Everyone has my back here.”

Crawford, who has visited the Jaguars and Colts and worked out for the Lions, grew up a football fan — about 50-50 between the CFL and NFL.

But he focused his dreams on the NFL.

“I definitely thought of (playing in the NFL) as a kid,” he said. “Like every kid, it kind of gets shot down by a few people. … It was a dream, it still is a dream, and it’s getting closer.”

Crawford weighed in recently at 283 pounds. Still, he thinks there’s a chance he could play outside linebacker so he has spent much of his time during draft prep on those skills.

“Many (teams) feel like I should have my hand in the dirt,” Crawford said, “but there are some who feel I have the potential to play the outside linebacker spot.”

- Chadd Cripe

MONDAY, APRIL 23

Around the draft in links

• The Green Bay Press Gazette breaks down the running back prospects, with scouts talking about Doug Martin.

• Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer writes that there is a place in the NFL for undersized quarterbacks, including Boise State's Kellen Moore and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson.

• The San Diego Chargers with pick No. 18 in the first round could target Boise State outside linebacker/defensive end Shea McClellin. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote a feature on McClellin.

• The Chicago Bears are looking closely at McClellin, too, reports The Chicago Tribune. Chicago picks at No. 19.

— Brian Murphy

Moore trying to overcome history — no Boise State QB has succeeded in NFL

The Boise State football program is known for exceptional quarterback play, particularly since Dirk Koetter arrived as head coach in 1998.

In fact, Broncos quarterbacks rank third (Kellen Moore) and fourth (Ryan Dinwiddie) in Football Bowl Subdivision history in pass efficiency.

Yet as Moore prepares for the NFL Draft this week, he faces some daunting negative history: No Broncos quarterback has ever thrown a pass in an NFL regular-season game. (Note: Legedu Naanee was recruited to Boise State as a quarterback, converted to wide receiver and has thrown two NFL passes on trick plays.)

Here’s a look at the Boise State quarterbacks who have been given an NFL opportunity:

Mike Coughlin (2006-10) … Career backup at Boise State … Signed with Bucs as free agent … Appeared in one preseason game

Taylor Tharp (2003-07) … Broke school record by completing 68.3 percent of his passes as one-year starter in 2007 … Signed with Panthers as free agent … Never appeared in a game

Jared Zabransky (2002-06) … Posted 33-5 record as three-year starter from 2004 to 2006, including 13-0 as a senior … Signed with Texans as free agent … Threw 26 passes in the preseason in 2007 and spent part of the season on the practice squad

Ryan Dinwiddie (1999-2003) … Set FBS record for career pass efficiency at 168.89 as three-year starter (2001-03) … Signed with Bears as free agent … Never appeared in a game

Bart Hendricks (1996-2000) … Two-time Big West Offensive MVP (1999-2000) … Signed with Chargers as a free agent … Never appeared in a game

Jim McMillan (1971-74) … Ranks third in school history with a 152.83 career rating … Drafted by Lions in 14th round in 1975 … Never appeared in a regular-season game

Eric Guthrie (1968-71) … Appears in Boise State record book as a passer, punter and kicker … Drafted by 49ers in 14th round in 1972 … Never appeared in a regular-season game

- Chadd Cripe

Browns targeting Doug Martin?

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland wrote a story about Martin, featuring a lot of quotes from Boise State running backs coach Keith Bhonapha.

- Chadd Cripe

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

"Six or seven" teams have called McSurdy

Former Borah High and Montana star linebacker Caleb McSurdy is hoping to hear his name called in the late rounds of the NFL Draft — but knows it won't make too much of a difference in his NFL chances.

"I'm fairly confident," he said. "I realize being a late-round pick and being a free agent means there's not a ton of difference in terms of of your opportunities to make a club. There are plenty of free agents that make teams and are playing."

McSurdy, who attended the NFL Scouting Combine in February, said six or seven teams have called him to check up in recent weeks. He has not been on any trips to visit NFL teams. While most teams have looked at him as an inside linebacker, McSurdy said some worked him out at fullback.

"It's about getting a chance, getting an opportunity. Then I've got to show up to camp and play," he said.

McSurdy is still attending classes at Montana and will be in Missoula for the draft. He doesn't plan on watching it.

"Whatever team wants to give me a shot is my new favorite team. I'll give them everything I can as a person and as a player," he said.

- Brian Murphy

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

McClellin disputes concussion concerns

An NFL Network report that Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin sustained three concussions at Boise State has been making the rounds on draft-tracking websites recently.

Today, McClellin told me the report is not true. He did get a concussion in 2010 at Wyoming and a mild one in 2009, he said. "It's like 1 1/2," he said.

McClellin said he changed helmets after the Wyoming concussion and never had another problem.

McClellin missed one game in 2009 with a hamstring injury and the last three games in 2008 with a knee injury. He played in the last 39 games of his career.

A few other notes from my conversation with McClellin:

— On his recent media hype: "I'm trying not to pay attention to any of it. My mom or someone in my family will occasionally tell me what's going on. So I hear a little bit."

— On whether he thought he'd be a first-rounder a few months ago: "No, never. I never would have thought it ever in my life."

— On whether he prefers outside linebacker: "They're all fun. Just playing football is fun. I don't even care what position I play. I just want to get on the field and play some ball."

— He never has worn a suit before. His agent helped with the shopping. "It looks pretty good, I'll tell you that," he said.

— On the Broncos' D-line class: "We're all pretty proud of each other. We're excited for each and every one of us."

- Chadd Cripe

USA Today ranks top 500

This is a very cool graphic from USA Today ranking the top 500 prospects in next week's draft.

Boise State players:

No. 31 OLB Shea McClellin

No. 34 RB Doug Martin

No. 68 DT Billy Winn

No. 72 FS George Iloka

No. 75 DT Tyrone Crawford

No. 182 OT Nate Potter

No. 223 QB Kellen Moore

No. 463 WR Tyler Shoemaker

Idaho players:

No. 411 ILB Korey Toomer

Local ties:

No. 243 ILB Caleb McSurdy (Montana, Borah High)

Bill Polian, USA Today on QB height

The question was about Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, one of the few quarterback prospects shorter than Boise State's Kellen Moore, but the answer from former Indianapolis general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian about how much QB size matters is applicable to Moore as well.

"I think that you’re always looking for the ideal and that’s particularly true at the QB situation. No question that the height is a detriment, it creates issues that otherwise would not exist. It creates issues for the offense both in protection and the type of routes you run," Polian said during a Friday conference call with the media.

Polian did point to New Orleans' quarterback Drew Brees as an example of a shorter quarterback who has been productive in the NFL.

"Drew Brees has done a remarkable job. You could argue he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback. I certainly wouldn’t argue with that," Polian said.

Wilson's height is listed at 5-11 on NFL.com. Moore is 6-0. Brees is also listed at 6-0.

USA Today did a big story on Moore and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is 6-4, but he went 12-7 as the Aggies' starter. Despite his modest college production, Tannehill is expected to be selected in the top 10, perhaps even the top 5.

Moore, despite a 50-3 mark as a college quarterback, is projected as a late-round pick.

The headline: "A Game of Inches — A study in NFL teams' perceptions of prospects: Tannehill's 6-4 height vs. Moore's 50-3 record."

— Brian Murphy

NFL.com writer puts Martin, McClellin among top 5 overrated players

So not everyone is sold on Boise State running back Doug Martin and defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks lists both — who have seen their draft status climb in recent weeks — on his overrated list.

Here is a snippet of what Brooks says:

On Martin: "Martin doesn't display elite traits (speed, quickness and body control) as a runner on tape."

On McClellin: "For a team expecting a dominating pass rusher with game-changing skills, McClellin's workmanlike game might not produce the results to match his draft status."

- Brian Murphy

Mayock: McClellin a "10-year starter"

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is a big fan of Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin. Mayock made his feelings clear during a teleconference with media members Thursday.

"I see Mike Vrabel when I look at Shea McClellin. He's going to fit somebody's 3-4 defense at the tail end of the first round and he's going to be a 10-year starter," Mayock said.

Vrabel, 6-foot-4 and 261 pounds, played in 206 games at linebacker from 1997 to 2010 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Vrabel was a key component on three of New England's Super Bowl championship teams.

"There's going to be a premium on that outside edge rush guy and (at No. 18 San Diego has) the first shot at whoever those guys are in the second half of the first round. From my perspective, I'd bang the table for Shea McClellin from Boise," Mayock said. "He's going to go in the first round to a 3-4 team and he's going to be a very good football player."

- Brian Murphy

THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Kellen Moore visits Saints, takes relaxed approach to draft

I talked to Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore about the NFL Draft today. Here are some highlights from that conversation:

— Moore only visited one team, the Saints. No team put him through an individual workout. “People are probably tired of me,” he said.

— Moore traditionally watches all of the draft coverage as a fan. He expects he’ll have the TV tuned to the draft all three days this year, but maybe not watch it all the time. He’ll spend the draft at his parents’ home in Prosser, Wash. “It’ll be fun,” he said. “… Don’t get all stressed out and frustrated with it. Just let it be and we’ll see what happens.”

— “I think the bottom line is you’ve just got to find the right fit. I think that’s the biggest thing, to get to the right situation with the right opportunity and in the right surroundings. … You have to be realistic with yourself. If you get to the right fit, it doesn’t matter (where you’re drafted). Plenty of quarterbacks have been drafted in all different rounds.”

— “After the draft, I don’t think anybody ever remembers how a guy ran the 40 or did at the combine or did at the Senior Bowl even. That doesn’t matter. After that, you’re in the NFL and you’re going to get opportunities to play the game.”

— Moore signed some commemorative footballs Thursday as part of the fund-raising effort for the new football complex. Boise State is raising money to name the quarterback room for Moore. “They kind of came and talked with me in January about a few things,” he said. “Obviously I’ve got some great memories and they’ve got a lot of great people here. If you can help, you certainly would like to.”

NOTE: Going back to the Kiper call from yesterday, Kiper hit on Moore briefly when asked about who would fit in a West Coast offense. "You think about Kellen Moore in that type of system only. If he's going to have any chance at all with his skill set coming to the NFL, it's going to be in that type of offense," Kiper said. And today, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said almost the same thing. "I think Kellen Moore has to play in a West Coast offense to have a chance — timing, precision and accuracy," Mayock said.

- Chadd Cripe

Idaho's Toomer now a draft prospect

Idaho linebacker Korey Toomer has visited with Cincinnati, Miami, Tampa Bay, Seattle and a New York team, Idaho coach Robb Akey said Thursday. Toomer, a 6-foot-2, 234-pounder, has been generating some buzz among scouts and now appears likely to be drafted.

Other potential Vandal draftees or undrafted pick-ups: OT Matt Cleveland, OT Tyrone Novikoff, DT Michael Cosgrove and RB Princeton McCarty.

- Brian Murphy

SI's Peter King says McClellin, Martin should be first-rounders

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King's mock draft appears in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated. He takes a different approach, listing the player he thinks the team will take and the player he thinks the team should take. Boise State's Shea McClellin plays a big role, with tailback Doug Martin getting a mention, too.

— King says the Titans should take McClellin at No. 20, but will take Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus. McClellin is more versatile, with the ability to be an edge pass rusher or inside linebacker, King notes.

— The Packers should take Martin at No. 28, King says. Instead, he has them selecting Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. "(Martin) is this draft's Ray Rice," an NFL personnel person told King.

— The Patriots should take McClellin at No. 31, King says, but will take USC defensive end Nick Perry instead.

— The Giants should take McClellin at No. 32, King says, but will take Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith instead.

In the end, King's mock draft does not include McClellin or Martin actually getting picked in the first round.

Here is a detailed breakdown of McClellin's competition at linebacker from the Green Bay Press Gazette.

- Chadd Cripe

Shoemaker visits Saints, Packers

Boise State wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker visited the Saints and Packers and held a private workout for the Browns. The visits focused on physicals, he said, because he wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where most prospects do their medical testing.

The Saints and Packers would seem like good fits for Shoemaker because they spread the field with receivers and create matchup problems, like Boise State often did.

"It feels good to know that at least somebody's interested on some level," Shoemaker said. "Who knows what that level is."

Shoemaker said he's confident he and the other Broncos prospects will deliver once they get into camps.

"We're all good players," he said. "We all understand systems and we've all had great careers here at Boise State. The biggest thing is, 'Give us a chance and let us get out on the field and show what we can do."

- Chadd Cripe

A scout's take on QB Kellen Moore

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn, a respected NFL writer, broke down the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft. He ranks Boise State's Kellen Moore eighth among quarterbacks in the draft. He also has a few great quotes from scouts about Moore, including one who compared him to former BYU and NFL QB Ty Detmer.

"Reminds me of Ty Detmer," one scout said. "Ty had the best feel for the game of probably anybody I ever scouted. Moore is uncanny with his feel for the game and his ability to throw whatever kind of pass he has to throw. He's silly accurate. He never panics in the pocket. I'd draft this kid. He is so good at what he does. You have a chance of having a bust, don't get me wrong, because he's not the great athlete. He doesn't have any speed, and he's not explosive. And yet, this guy is a fantastic quarterback."

The entire piece is worth a read as it has good information on all of the top quarterbacks.

- Brian Murphy

Denver has "looked hard" at Doug Martin

The Denver Post examined the Denver Broncos' running back situation as it relates to next week's NFL Draft and, like most draft observers, suggested that Boise State tailback Doug Martin should be the second running back off the board behind Alabama's Trent Richardson.

The Post suggests that Martin could be an option for the Broncos at No. 25, if the defensive players Denver is interested in are not available. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said Wednesday that Martin is likely to be drafted anywhere from No. 32, the final pick of the first round, to No. 57.

- Brian Murphy

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Doug Martin's possibilities range from 32 to 57, Kiper says

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday that Boise State tailback Doug Martin's possibilities are limited by the lack of teams that need a running back. He has identified four slots for Martin — No. 32 to the New York Giants, the last pick of the first round; No. 36 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; No. 49 to the San Diego Chargers; or No. 57 to the Denver Broncos. Kiper also said the Detroit Lions could look at a running back. They draft at No. 54.

"I don't think he'll drop below the early to mid-second," Kiper said.

Kiper has placed defensive end Shea McClellin into the late first round of his mock draft.

"The most important thing in this league is finding guys who can get after the quarterback," Kiper said. "He played like a first-round pick at Boise, he played like a first-round pick at the Senior Bowl and he tested like it. Green Bay, New England — he fits those teams ideally in the late first round. He's got a good chance."

Later, Kiper addressed safety George Iloka and defensive tackle Billy Winn.

On Iloka: "What Iloka has is range and coverage abilities. When you're as big as he is, he did some nice things in terms of his coverage ability. His computer numbers are that of a first-round draft pick. ... What he needs to do is a better job of tackling, be more aggressive, be that rugged strong safety." He sees him as a third-round pick.

On Winn: "Billy Winn's got an awful lot of talent. I'd like to see him level off his performance a little more. He could be a third-rounder."

On Boise State: "Boise State is going to be well-represented on the first and second day."

— Chadd Cripe

What draft grades mean

From NFL.com

96-100: Future Hall of Famer, top pick, a once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played

85-95: Immediate Starter, 1st round, an impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).

70-84: Eventual Starter, 2nd-3rd rounds, a quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.

50-69: Draftable Player, 4th-7th rounds, a prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.

20-49: Free Agent, undrafted, a player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

— Brian Murphy

Grading the Mountain West, WAC and Big Sky prospects

Rankings from NFL.com (by draft grades):

Mountain West
RB Doug Martin, 5-9, 223, Boise St. (86.0)

DE/OLB Shea McClellin, 6-3, 260, Boise St. (84.5)

DT Billy Winn, 6-4, 294, Boise St. (84.0)

DE Tyrone Crawford, 6-4, 275, Boise St. (77.5)

FS George Iloka, 6-4, 225, Boise St. (73.0)

RB Ronnie Hillman, 5-9, 200, San Diego St. (69.2)

QB Ryan Lindley, 6-3, 229, San Diego St. (64.0)

T Nate Potter, 6-6, 303, Boise St. (62.7)

ILB Tank Carder, 6-2, 236, TCU (53.0)

OLB Miles Burris, 6-2, 246, San Diego St. (52.2)

FS Tashaun Gipson, 5-11, 209, Wyoming (51.2)

QB Kellen Moore, 6-0, 197, Boise St. (51.0)

WR Tyler Shoemaker, 6-2, 216, Boise St. (50.0)

T Paul Madsen, 6-4, 312, Colorado St. (49.7)

OLB Baylor Broughton, 6-4, 257, TCU (49.5)

P Brian Stahovich, 5-11, 211, San Diego St. (48.0)

RB Alvester Alexander, 5-10, 206, Wyoming (47.7)

CB Larry Parker, 5-11, 178, San Diego St. (47.7)

RB Raymond Carter, 6-0, 217, Colorado St. (46.5)

CB Greg McCoy, 5-10, 181, TCU (45.0)

TE Brock Logan, 6-3, 242, TCU (41.7)

OT Tommie Draheim, 6-4, 304, San Diego St. (No grade)

WAC
WR Rishard Matthews, 6-0, 212, Nevada (73.5)

WR Devon Wylie, 5-9, 187, Fresno St. (70.0)

ILB James-Michael Johnson, 6-1, 241, Nevada (69.0)

RB Robert Turbin, 5-10, 222, Utah St. (68.0)

SS Duke Ihenacho, 6-0, 213, San Jose St. (67.5)

DT Vaughn Meatoga, 6-1, 294, Hawaii (59.7)

OLB Brandon M. Marshall, 6-1, 242, Nevada (54.0)

RB Michael Smith, 5-9, 205, Utah St. (53.0)

DT Brett Roy, 6-3, 275, Nevada (52.0)

RB Lennon Creer, 5-11, 219, Louisiana Tech (50.5)

RB Mike Ball, 5-9, 206, Nevada (48.0)

OT Bryce Harris, 6-5, 308, Fresno St. (47.2)

CB Isaiah Frey, 5-11, 188, Nevada (47.0)

ILB Korey Toomer, 6-2, 234, Idaho (46.7)

DT Logan Harrell, 6-2, 278, Fresno St. (46.5)

K Kevin Goessling, 5-11, 205, Fresno St. (45.7)

ILB Corey Paredes,5-10, 230, Hawaii (45.7)

DB Jonte Green, 6-0, 184, New Mexico St. (41.5)

WR Taveon Rogers, 6-0, 188, New Mexico St. (No grade)

Big Sky
CB Trumaine Johnson, 6-1, 204, Montana (83.5)

T Dustin Waldron, 6-5, 305, Portland St. (66.5)

ILB Caleb McSurdy, 6-1, 245, Montana, Borah High (52.7)

SS Deshawn Shead, 6-1, 220, Portland St. (50.5)

SS Matt Johnson, 6-1, 212, Eastern Washington (49.2)

DE Zach Nash, 6-2, 256, Sacramento St. (48.5)

DT Myles Wade, 6-1, 312 Portland St. (47.5)

— Brian Murphy

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

McClellin’s first-round hopes rising

ESPN analyst Todd McShay said Tuesday that it would be a good pick if an NFL team drafts Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Shea McClellin late in the first round.

McClellin has been climbing draft boards throughout the offseason.

Today, I looked at 17 mock drafts or player rankings at ESPN.com, NFL.com, CBSSports.com and ProFootballWeekly.com.

Of those, seven have McClellin going in the first round. Also, NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock doesn’t have a mock draft, but he lists McClellin as the No. 2 outside linebacker, which likely would put him in the first round. And that group of eight doesn’t include McShay, who has McClellin ranked as the No. 36 overall player — barely outside the 32-pick first round.

On the NFL.com site, the link to Mayock’s position rankings is a picture of McClellin. It says he “flies up the board.”

At the end/outside linebacker position, the consensus No. 1 is Melvin Ingram of South Carolina. After that, it’s a competition between McClellin, Nick Perry of USC, Whitney Mercilus of Illinois and Andre Branch of Clemson.

The analysts who have McClellin going in the first round say he’ll land with the Green Bay Packers at No. 28 or the New England Patriots at No. 27 or No. 31.

Here’s what McShay said when I asked him about McClellin on an ESPN teleconference today:

“I think it’s realistic that he could (go in the first round). … He’s just so versatile, first of all. You watch a game and you’re going to see him at defensive end, outside linebacker, and then you see him standing up at inside linebacker. As the season progressed, at least from what I could tell, he got more natural in that versatile role, doing different things. I like his motor, I like his toughness and I think that he really has potential to be an impact pass rusher. When I start to look at some of these other guys in the defensive end/outside linebacker class, like Andre Branch and Whitney Mercilus and Nick Perry, it won’t shock me when it’s all said and done if McClellin winds up being a better pass rusher than a lot of those guys who have gotten a lot more hype.

“I think it’s a tribute to first of all he plays with leverage, he can bend the edge — by that I mean he doesn’t lose a lot of ground when he’s turning the corner — he has good torso flexibility, he’s strong when turning the corner and there’s just not a lot of wasted steps. You add in the fact that he’s 6-3, 260, and runs a 4.63 in the 40 and has good production for a guy who’s not always coming off the edge, 16.5 sacks in the last two years. I can see why he’s ‘moving up’ or there’s a perception that he’s starting to move up. I’ve had kind of an early second-round grade on him for a while, so I would think it to be a good pick if some team in the last five or six picks decides to take him and thinks that he can be an impact rusher and can play a versatile role, probably in a 3-4 defense in the NFL.”

— Chadd Cripe

NFL video: Doug Martin

Boise State running back Doug Martin is featured in one of the NFL's "First Draft" videos. Check it out here.

— Brian Murphy

Chase Baker visits Cowboys, Vikings

Boise State defensive tackle Chase Baker is one of the Broncos’ top candidates to land a free-agent deal after the draft, but he also could sneak into the late rounds.

“Obviously there’s some hope of hearing your name being called (in the draft),” Baker said. “Honestly, if I just get my chance, I know I’ll be able to make the most of it.”

Baker has visited the Cowboys and Vikings. He’s working out in Michigan with former teammate Tyrone Crawford. They’ll spend Friday of the draft at Crawford’s home in Windsor, Ontario, and Saturday with Baker’s family and his agent in Michigan.

Baker plans to play golf during the draft.

“It takes your mind off it,” he said. “It puts it on something even more frustrating.”

— Chadd Cripe

Crawford overcomes 2009 stabbing

Defensive end Tyrone Crawford said that he was stabbed at a party in 2009 while attending Bakersfield (Calif.) Junior College. Though his injuries were not serious, Crawford said the incident served as a wake-up call.

“I hate that it happened,” Crawford told the Windsor Star. “I let a lot of people down. It brings the school and the program down and made me look like a negative person. It scared me into working hard. That experience changed a lot about me. It helped me get to where I am now.”

— Brian Murphy

•••

STATESMAN DRAFT COUNTDOWN SERIES

9 days left: Boise State draft history

8 days left: Free agency an option for former Boise State standouts DE Jarrell Root, DT Chase Baker, LB Byron Hout, LB/FB Aaron Tevis, S Cedric Febis and TE Kyle Efaw.

7 days left: WR Tyler Shoemaker hopes to land in the late rounds

6 days left: No consensus on QB Kellen Moore

5 days left: S George Iloka could be second-day selection

4 days left: OT Nate Potter maintains tradition at Left Tackle U.

3 days left: DL Billy Winn hopes to be third-round pick

2 days left: DE Tyrone Crawford has big upside

1 day left: RB Doug Martin looks like the No. 2 back in the draft.

•••

NFL DRAFT SCHEDULE

April 26 — first round (6 p.m.)
April 27 — second and third rounds (5 p.m.)
April 28 — fourth through seventh rounds (10 a.m.)

The draft airs on ESPN and the NFL Network.

•••

About this blog post:

Brian Murphy and I will be posting NFL Draft news, notes, links and rankings in this spot until draft day, with the most recent copy at the top. You can identify the author of each section by the tagline at the end. If you see a ranking, mock draft or story you think we should include, please email us at ccripe@idahostatesman.com and bmurphy@idahostatesman.com. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@IDS_BroncoBeat and @murphsturph).

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Nice

Job...... Chadd

Potter

What happened to Nate Potter? A year ago, he was projected as the highest draft pick from this class. Perhaps he should have entered the draft a year ago.

Potter

He was never as highly thought of by the NFL scouts as some of the website rankings made it seem. Some teams consider him a guard, which lowers his value as well. Even Nate seemed perplexed by some of those rankings early in his career.

Doug Martin and Denver

I can't help but think that Doug Martin behind Peyton Manning would be something just sort of incredible. I hope the Broncos see it that way, too.

What in the heck will the....

Cupcake State homers at the Stinksman do after the draft? Poor Chadd will have to go on a long sabbatical until fall practice starts. More time to memorize the Cupcake State media guide all over again I guess.

And

It might give you time to come up with material cuz you is getting plumb boring.

What in the heck does Pony do with his free time

Oh wait... We know already.. wastes it commenting on rival teams newspaper sites. Big things are in your future bro....keep on dropping these bombs and you're set for a long time

They haven't drafted ANYBODY yet, to my knowledge.

Slow day?

It's 4/20...

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Eh, McSurdy...don't count your pass patterns before they throw.

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

I read the Bucky Brooks article a few days ago

One of his comments about McClellin was:

"McClellin is not a pure pass rusher with the size and speed to consistently win against big, imposing offensive tackles"

What? That guy doesn't know anything. It's evident he never watched any film highlights, much less a full game, on Martin or McClellin. His above comment is evidence he didn't watch McClellin's 2.5 sacks against the bigger, stronger Georgia Defense.

Brooks is an ignorant fool.

The Greatest BSU Quarterback

Became the World Champion and is in the Hall of Fame. How soon we forget.

D Picket?

Please, a great Cowboy yes but a great QB not.
Get your facts straight. You must be the president of the D Picket fan club
This guy also cost his son the chance to be a first or second round draft pick with lousy advice and meddling with his football career.

Dee Picket

Hard to forget his Bronco contributions and NFL opportunity - chose to Rodeo instead and became World Champion

We Have

A Winner.

We Have

A Winner.

What NFL opportunity?

Pickett was a part-time starter for one year, sharing the job with Hoskin Hogan. He never even finished his college career, let alone had a prayer at the NFL, regardless of what some people seem to think.

correct

Thank you for setting the record straight. Some people are clueless = Sandhugger

Lovers and Haters

It seems like Kellen Moore has his share of those that reject him out of hand and those that would love to draft him. I don't see how drafting the all time winningest NCAA quarterback is a huge risk. I think it really depends on how closely tied the interviewee is to the SEC, whose members routinely dismiss those from outside conferences, and refuse to play them for national championships for fear that they might lose.

Colt McCoy,the former winningest quarterback in NCAA history

was drafted in the 3rd round (85th overall pick) because it was determined that he lacked NFL size, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see when and where Kellen lands.

Heduzheduz

This isn't going to end up like BE/no BE and all the other soccer parent garbage that deflated every ounce of enjoyment of BSU

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Is anyone planning on watching the Draft?

NFL.com will have it live, so I may do that.

If it's not too windy or wet I'll open the windows

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"foreignoregonian" is not anonymous

It is my identity and my philosophy

Would you prefer everyone to be called 'Poster'?

Chadd, I doubt if

the big "Tuna" actually looked at very much film of Boise State this past season. Your measurables for Shea McClellin versus a Parcell's prototype pass rusher make a good case in that respect. Nice work.

The Big Tuna????

Something smells fishy!!!!!!