Nine Mountain West Players Selected in 2016 NFL Draft
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A total of nine former Mountain West football players were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, held April 28-30 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa was the first Mountain West player off the board after being chosen with the 11th pick of the second round (42nd overall) by the Baltimore Ravens.
NFL Draft Notes From Around The Mountain West
- Four Mountain West institutions had players selected in the NFL Draft, including Boise State, Colorado State, San José State and Utah State.
- Boise State led the Conference with three players drafted, followed by Colorado State, San José State and Utah State with two each.
- Boise State has touted 18 selections in the last seven NFL drafts.
- Correa, Darian Thompson and Rees Odhiambo are the second trio of Broncos to be drafted within the top 100 picks and the first to do so since 2012.
- At least one MW defensive back has been chosen in each of the last eight years.
- Utah State linebackers Nick Vigil and Kyler Fackrell were drafted with back-to-back selections on Friday evening, going at pick No. 87 and 88, respectively. They are the first set of Aggies to be drafted back-to-back in program history.
- Colorado State had multiple players selected (WR Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns, LB Cory James – Oakland Raiders) in the NFL draft for the third consecutive year. This hasn’t been accomplished by CSU since 1999-01.
- James was Colorado State’s first defensive player drafted since 2004. That year, DB Dexter Wynn (Philadelphia Eagles) and LB Andre Sommersell (Oakland Raiders) were drafted.
- San José State’s Tyler Ervin is the first Spartans running back to be drafted in 25 years. Additionally, Ervin’s selection at 119th overall is the earliest by a Spartan player since 2009.