Former Boise State Bronco (and current Denver Bronco) Matt Paradis is Pro Football Focus' best player of the week, for week 17, as a center.
Paradis started 27 games for Boise State as offensive lineman. His junior year he was first team All-MWC and his senior year he was second team. His junior year allowed a nation's sixth best sack total at 0.77 sacks/game. His senior season saw the Broncos rank 32nd nationally in rushing yards with 201.8 yards/game.
You may remember Matt Paradis as a walk-on defensive player, from Council, Idaho, for Boise State who received Defensive Scout Player of the Year before moving to the offense.
Paradis was a sixth-round draftee for Denver in the 2014 draft. While his tenure at Denver has been brief, it has been remarkably successful. And hilarious. He has started all sixteen games for Denver this year. He has helped guide the offensive line for Denver to a #1 seed in the playoffs.
You also may remember him sending a Green Bay Packer to a new dimension:
Paradis pic.twitter.com/l7tSj9ihWz— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) November 3, 2015
We haven't heard from that defensive player since. Our thoughts are with him.
If you want to see a future hall-of-famer do some more work, here you go:
Matt Paradis was spectacular in the 2nd half for the #Broncos. Watch his base. Everything stems from there @two_dice pic.twitter.com/XPnqdjudJ6— Brandon Thorn (@VeteranScout) January 5, 2016
Unfortunately Ryan Clady (also a former Boise State athlete) has been sidelined with an injury this year. It would have been really neat to see both of these athletes in action, protecting Manning and Osweiler.
Congratulations to Mr Paradis and hopefully he continues to dominate the field.