A Look Back: Mountain West in the 2013 NFL Draft

April 28, 2013

The Mountain West had seven former football players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft held April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar was the first MW player chosen in the draft, going 47th overall (No. 15 in the second round) to the Dallas Cowboys. Boise State's Jamar Taylor was also a second-round pick, as he was taken with the 22nd selection (No. 54 overall) by the Miami Dolphins.

NFL Draft Notes from Around the Mountain West

  • San Diego State led all MW institutions with three players selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, followed by Nevada with two. Boise State and Fresno State each had one player chosen.

  • With seven players drafted over the last two years (four in 2012), San Diego State has now had three or more players selected in consecutive years for the first time since 1997-98. The Aztecs have had multiple selections in six of the last nine years.

  • Aztec tight end Gavin Escobar was selected with the 47th overall pick (second round) by the Dallas Cowboys, while cornerback Leon McFadden went in the third round (No. 68) to the Cleveland Browns. The selections gave San Diego State two players in the first 68 picks for the first time since 1994 when Marshall Faulk (2nd overall pick) and Darnay Scott (30th overall pick) went in the first 30 selections.

  • Escobar is the first tight end in the MW chosen in the draft since 2010 when Dennis Pitta of BYU was selected in the fourth round by Baltimore.

  • Escobar going No. 47 in the 2013 NFL Draft signifies the earliest an Aztec player has been chosen since two-time All-American and first-team AP NFL All-Pro Kyle Turley was taken with the seventh overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft. Escobar is the first SDSU tight end to be drafted since Ray Rowe went to Washington in the sixth round of the 1992 draft.

  • Brice Butler (7th round, No. 209 overall) is the second San Diego State player to be taken by the Oakland Raiders in as many years, as Miles Burris went in the fourth round (No. 12) last year. Butler is the 32nd San Diego State wide receiver to be picked in the NFL Draft. He's the 10th SDSU player to be drafted by the Raiders and the fifth since 2002.

  • The MW has had at least one WR selected in the NFL Draft 10 of the 14 years as a league.

  • The Mountain West had five defensive backs taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, the most-ever for the Conference, eclipsing the old record of four set in 2007 and equaled in 2009 and 2011.

  • Nevada had multiple players selected in the draft for the third consecutive year. The Wolf Pack has had a total of nine players selected in the last three years.

  • Washington selected Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas with the 119th overall pick (fourth round), making Thomas the 24th Bulldog drafted since 2000. He's the seventh safety to be selected, the last being Tyrone Culver by the Green Bay Packers in 2006.

  • Thomas is the first Fresno State player drafted by Washington since Jackie Fellows in 1944.

  • Jamar Taylor was the first Boise State player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, going to the Miami Dolphins with the 54th overall pick (22nd of the second round). He is the second-highest cornerback drafted in school history, and the ninth-highest Bronco to be drafted all-time.

  • Taylor is the sixth Bronco to be drafted in the second round in school history, and the seventh Boise State football player to be drafted in the first two rounds since Chris Petersen became head coach in 2006.

Mountain West in the 2012 NFL Draft
San Diego State Aztecs (3)
Name Position Rd. Selection (Overall) Team
Gavin Escobar TE 2 15 (47) Dallas Cowboys
Leon McFadden DB 3 6 (68) Cleveland Browns
Brice Butler WR 7 3 (209) Oakland Raiders
Nevada Wolf Pack (2)
Duke Williams DB 4 8 (105) Buffalo Bills
Khalid Wooten DB 6 34 (202) Tennessee Titans
Boise State Broncos (1)
Jamar Taylor CB 2 22 (54) Miami Dolphins
Fresno State Bulldogs (1)
Phillip Thomas S 4 22 (119) Washington Redskins
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