McNichols, Vallejo Tabbed In NFL Draft
April 29, 2017

BOISE, Idaho -- Two Boise State Broncos were selected in the NFL Draft Saturday in Philadelphia as running back Jeremy McNichols was picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth round (162nd overall) and linebacker Tanner Vallejo was tabbed in the sixth round (195th overall) by the Buffalo Bills.

The selections of McNichols and Vallejo mark the sixth time in the last 11 years (since 2007) that multiple Broncos have been tabbed in a single NFL Draft. Overall, 61 Broncos all-time have been selected in the NFL Draft, and 33 since the draft went to its current seven-round format in 1994.

With McNichols' selection, Boise State joins Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Penn State, Stanford, USC and Washington as schools that have had an early entrant tabbed in each of the past four drafts. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2014 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, running back Jay Ajayi was taken in the fifth round (149th overall) by the Miami Dolphins in 2015 and linebacker Kamalei Correa was tabbed by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round (42nd overall) of last year's draft.

McNichols joins fellow Boise State running back Doug Martin on the Tampa Bay roster.

Over his three-year Boise State career (2014-16), McNichols was a two-time selection to All-Mountain West Second Team (2015-16). A Doak Walker Award semifinalist in 2016, he was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week four times as he finished second in the country with 27 touchdowns, third in rushing touchdowns (23), fifth in all-purpose yards (2,255) and sixth in rushing yards (1,709).

The Long Beach, Calif., native posted three 200-yard rushing efforts last season, first going for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and adding a fourth touchdown on a reception, at Oregon State (Sept. 24). On Oct. 15 he ran for a career-high 217 yards and set Boise State's single-game record with 40 carries in the win over Colorado State, and turned in his third 200-yard rushing game against UNLV on Nov. 18, going for 206 yards and a career-high four rushing scores. Earlier in the season, he posted just the fifth 100-100 game in Boise State history, rushing for 140 yards and a touchdown, and catching five passes for 109 yards and another score in the 28-27 win over BYU on Oct. 20.

In 2015, his first season as the Broncos' featured back, McNichols rushed for 1,337 yards (fourth in the Mountain West, 25th in the nation) and tied for second in the FBS with 26 touchdowns (20 rushing, six receiving). He ranked ninth in the Mountain West with 51 receptions, which went for 460 yards and six scores, and racked up 1,886 all-purpose yards, second in the conference and 11th in the country.

McNichols ended his collegiate career in the Boise State top 10 in touchdowns (55 -- tied for third), rushing touchdowns (44 -- fourth), yards per rushing attempt (5.61 -- fourth), rushing yards (3,205 -- seventh), all-purpose yards (4,848 -- seventh), rushing attempts (571 -- eighth), 100-yard rushing games (16 -- fifth) and 200-yard rushing games (three -- second).

Over his four-year Boise State career (2013-16), Vallejo thrice earned All-Mountain West recognition, being named to the Second Team in 2014, and honorable mention in 2015 and 2016. He was named to the preseason watch lists of the Butkus Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy ahead of the 2016 season, and despite having his season cut short due to injury, made 69 tackles (fourth on the team) including 6.0 tackles-for-loss over nine games.

After burning his redshirt early in his freshman campaign (2013), Vallejo went on to start six of 11 games and finish with 51 tackles and 5.5 tackles-for-loss. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2014, hitting the century mark in tackles with a team-leading 100 and finishing fifth in the Mountain West with 16.5 tackles-for-loss. Vallejo also found the end zone twice, the first score coming on a 31-yard fumble return at Connecticut (Sept. 13, 2014) and the second on a 63-yard interception return against Fresno State in the Mountain West Football Championship (Dec. 6, 2014). The Penn Valley, Calif., native was named Defensive MVP of the latter contest after making 13 tackles, with 3.0 going for loss, along with his pick-six in the win over Fresno State. He followed that performance with another MVP effort, being named Defensive MVP of the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl after leading Boise State with 14 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, in the Broncos' 38-30 victory over No. 10 Arizona.

Vallejo started 10 of the 12 games in which he appeared in 2015, finishing third on the team with 57 tackles and tied for fourth with 8.0 tackles-for-loss.

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