Vander Esch To Attend NFL Draft
April 5, 2018

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    BOISE, Idaho - Former Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will be one of 22 prospects attending the 2018 NFL Draft, the league announced Thursday. The 2018 draft is scheduled for April 26-28 in Dallas, and will be televised on FOX and the NFL Network.

    The Riggins, Idaho native impressed at the NFL Combine in February, clocking a time of 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, recording 20 reps on the bench press, and posting a vertical leap of 39.5 inches. He also measured up at 6-foot-4.2 and 255 lbs. this past Tuesday at Boise State Pro Day presented by Lithia Ford.

    Vander Esch's 2017 performance, as well as his showing at the NFL Combine have skyrocketed his stock ahead of the draft, with numerous media outlets' mock drafts projecting him to go in the first round.

    The first round of the NFL Draft will take place Thursday, April 26, with Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 27, and Rounds 4-7 Saturday, April 28. The NFL Network will carry all seven rounds live over the three-day event, with FOX airing Rounds 1-3 live Thursday and Friday, April 26-27.

    Vander Esch put together one of the top all-around defensive campaigns in recent Bronco history in 2017, leading the team in tackles (141), intercepting three passes, forcing four fumbles, and recording 4.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles-for-loss. Individually, Vander Esch ranked 14th in the FBS with 10.1 tackles per game, as well as fifth in the country with 6.5 solo tackles per game.

    The Riggins, Idaho native became the first Bronco to be named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, and backed it up with being named the Defensive MVP of the Mountain West Championship Game. In that contest, Vander Esch matched the game record with 16 tackles, and sealed Boise State's 17-14 victory over Fresno State with an interception with just under two minutes remaining.

    Two weeks later at the Las Vegas Bowl, Vander Esch made a team-high 12 tackles with 3.0 TFL, a sack, and a forced fumble in Boise State's 38-28 win over Oregon.

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