BOISE, Idaho - Kyle Wilson became just the second Boise State University player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the National Football League when the New York Jets selected him as the 29th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.
A four-year starter for the Broncos at cornerback, Wilson joins former Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady who was a first round pick (No. 12 overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Wilson was a second team All-American selection last season by the Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also a first team preseason All-America selection by Playboy Magazine and a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference at cornerback.
During his career at Boise State Wilson made a total of 154 tackles, 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, broke up 27 passes and intercepted 11 passes. Last year as a senior he made 43 tackles and intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns.
Wilson was also an outstanding punt returner for the Broncos earning second-team All-American honors from SI.com in 2008 when he returned 33 punts for 470 yards and three touchdowns. He ended his career returning 63 punts for 793 yards for a 12.6 per-return average.
The Jets selection means a return home for Wilson. Wilson played his high school football in Piscataway, New Jersey, before traveling across the country to play college ball at Boise State. Now he returns to the east coast to begin his professional career.
Wilson is only the second Boise State player the New York Jets have ever drafted. The other selection came in the 1979 draft when former linebacker Willie Beamon was picked in the ninth round.