Catching up with Boise State's NFL alumni

Need help keeping track of all the Boise State players in the NFL? What a great problem to have.

After the jump, I run through the list of Broncos in the pros, recapping seasons, speculating, and hero-worshipping. Some things never change. Join me for a look at Boise State's NFL players and let me know which ones you think are playing best.

Gerald Alexander, Safety, Carolina Panthers

Alexander began the season with the Jaguars, where he started three games, recorded 16 tackles, and got cut. His season ended on the Carolina Panthers roster where he finished the year inactive in the team's last three games. But hey, he's a Tweeting machine, so he's got that going for him.

Chris Carr, Cornerback, Baltimore Ravens

Carr started all 16 games for the Ravens, finishing with two picks, three forced fumbles, and eight passes defensed. Raise your hand if you predicted Chris Carr would be Boise State's best NFL corner ever. Personally, I had my money on Dempsey Dees.

Next up: Carr and the Ravens play Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the playoffs.

Ryan Clady, Tackle, Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos had a pretty horrendous season, and part of the vortex of suck spilled onto Clady. But only a little. The former All-Pro left tackle allowed seven sacks, which is 6.5 more than he had all of his rookie season. But keep in mind, Clady probably shouldn't have even been around or as healthy as he was after sustaining a pretty serious offseason knee injury playing pick up basketball. Also, you try keeping Kyle Orton in the pocket. The man does not listen.

Daryn Colledge, Guard, Green Bay Packers

After some speculation about his starting role in recent years, Colledge completed another solid year on Green Bay's O-line, starting 15 games and being one of the team's more dependable blockers. And with the Packers drafting a rookie OT in Bryan Bulaga this season, the role of token O-line penalty guy now has a new home.

Next up: Colledge and the Packers play Sunday at Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.

Korey Hall, Fullback, Green Bay Packers

Hall's value to the Packers has shifted from backfield sledgehammer to special teams maven. He finished the regular season with 12 tackles. He had zero carries and only one reception as a fullback. Most of the offensive roles fall to John Kuhn, the team's new hotness in the backfield, but so long as Hall remains a special teams force (and really, is it any surprise that Hall is a beast on special teams?), he'll keep his place on the team.

Next up: Hall and the Packers play Sunday at Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs.

Quintin Mikell, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles

When you talk about the greatest Boise State NFL players of all time (which I like to do pretty often), you have to put Mikell near the top of the list. He remains a mainstay of the Eagles secondary, turning in his eighth year with the team and fourth as a safety starter. His numbers were just as strong as ever: a career-high 15 passes defensed, three picks, and 88 tackles.

Next up: Mikell and the Eagles host the Packers on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.

Legedu Naanee, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers

Poor Naanee. 2010 was supposed to be his break out year, but he spent most of it injured. While Phillip Rivers was throwing the air out of the ball, Naanee was recovering from injury, finishing with 23 catches, 371 yards, and a touchdown. Not bad for missing six straight games in the middle of the season and being limited in far more. He is expected to go into next season as the team's clear cut No. 3 option at receiver.

Orlando Scandrick, Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys

Scandrick held down his spot at the Cowboy's top nickel corner, never more so than with a pick six of Peyton Manning in Week 13. I'd let you watch it, but embedding hasn't caught on at NFL headquarters yet. Here's the link.

Derek Schouman, Tight End, St. Louis Rams

Schouman was a Buffalo Bills lifer until the team cut him loose in September after another Schouman injury. The Rams picked him up in November, and he saw action in three games, catching nothing. He was inactive for the Rams' season finale at Seattle last night. And speaking of which, a 7-9 team in the playoffs? Better not let the pro-BCS Twitter feed get wind of that.

Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, New York Jets


Wilson has had an up-and-down rookie season, starting in Rex Ryan's good graces at the start of the year and quickly falling out of them with a so-so performance. Wilson ended up starting five games, including yesterday's season finale (with starters resting). He plays regularly in dime packages, and continues to get better each week. His future is still bright; just not entirely sure when that future begins.

Next up: Wilson and the Jets visit the Colts on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.

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