BOISE, Idaho Ryan Clady made history Saturday. The former Boise State offensive tackle became the first Bronco ever drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 12th overall pick.
Clady, a three-year starter at Boise State, surpassed Markus Koch as the Broncos’ highest drafted player in the history of the NFL Draft. Koch was the 30th player (third pick, second round) selected in the 1986 draft. Boise State has had three other players drafted in the second round. David Hughes was the 31st overall pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 1981; Daryn Colledge went to the Green Bay Packers with the 47th overall pick in 2006; and Gerald Alexander was the 61st overall pick last season by the Detroit Lions.
Clady is the 40th pick in Boise State history and the 11th since the Broncos moved to Division I before the 1996 season. He is also the fifth offensive lineman in school history to be selected in the draft, joining Colledge, Matt Hill (2002), Al Davis (1974) and Dan Dixon (1974).
Clady became the sixth Boise State player picked in the draft in the last three seasons, the most in a three-year span since the Broncos had nine picked from 1974-76. Boise State had three picked in each of those seasons, but only two were selected in the seventh round (the current number of rounds in the NFL Draft) or higher.
Boise State had a school record four players picked in the 2007 NFL Draft, led by Alexander. Legedu Naanee was a fifth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers; the Green Bay Packers selected Korey Hall in the sixth round; and the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round picked Derek Schouman. Colledge was a second-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2006.