Boise State had three more former players go in the NFL Draft on Saturday (though none of them were college football's all-time winningest quarterback). George Iloka fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in Round Five, Billy Winn was snatched up by the Cleveland Browns in Round Six, and Nate Potter came off the board in Round Seven to the Arizona Cardinals.
Iloka and Winn were surprise fallers, as many mock drafts had the two Broncos going in the third or fourth rounds. What was the reason for the fall? Did Mark May get to people? Not really. Iloka was highly regarded for his position versatility, but teams had concerns about his tackling and how he rarely caught interceptions. Winn had a worse label; teams felt he didn't always play up to his potential.
But that's all in the past now, and the future is full of Pro Bowl possibilities now. Here is where each of Boise State's Day Three draftees will find themselves on depth charts in their new digs.
- Iloka is expected to play free safety in Cincinnati, and he is already penciled in as second-string behind Reggie Nelson.
- Billy Winn has a bit more competition on the depth chart. Behind starters Phil Taylor (a first-round pick last year) and Ahtyba Rubin, Winn will compete against Scott Paxson, Brian Sanford, and this year's third-round pick John Hughes.
- Nate Potter has a familiar face in Arizona with Daryn Colledge as the Cardinals' starting guard. The Cardinals list only three guards on the roster, so Potter could be in line to play sooner rather than later.
Who do you think landed in the best situation among Boise State's Day Three picks? What were your thoughts on Iloka's and Winn's draft falls? Share your thoughts in the comments.