BOISE, Idaho - Titus Young and Austin Pettis became two of the highest Boise State University players selected in NFL Draft history when the two former wide receivers went in the second and third rounds, respectively, on Friday (April 29).
Brandyn Thompson became the third and final Bronco drafted when the former cornerback was the 10th selection of the seventh round, and the 213th pick overall, by the Washington Redskins.
Young was the 12th pick in the second round, and 44th overall selection of this year's draft, when the Detroit Lions chose him. St. Louis made Pettis the 78th overall pick of the draft when the Rams made him the 14th selection of the third round.
Young is the fifth highest Boise State player to ever be selected in the NFL Draft while Pettis is the ninth highest.
The all-time leader in receiving yards at Boise State, Young caught 164 passes for 3,063 yards and 25 touchdowns during his four-year career at Boise State. This past season he made 71 receptions for 1,215 yards, nine touchdowns and averaged 93.5 yards-per-game. He is a two-time (2009 and 2010) first-team All-WAC selection at wide receiver and in 2009 was a first-team all-league pick as a kick return specialist.
Young is the first Bronco to post two 1,000 yard receiving seasons (2009 and 2010), and his 4,464 career all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time at Boise State.
Pettis is the career record holder at Boise State in touchdown receptions with 39. During his four-year career with the Broncos he made 229 pass receptions for 2,838 yards. Like Young this past season, Pettis also caught 71 passes gaining 951 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns. Pettis is a two-time (2009 and 2010) first-team All-WAC selection, and was a second team pick as a sophomore in 2008.
Thompson completed his Bronco career with 146 total tackles and 13 interceptions. In Boise State's 17-10 victory over TCU in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Thompson was named the game's Defensive Player of the Game when he made seven tackles and intercepted two passes, returning one 51 yards for the Broncos' first score of the game.
Only four other former Broncos have been selected higher than Young in the history of the NFL Draft, including two in the first round.
Offensive tackle Ryan Clady is the highest Boise State draft selection when he was the 12th pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Cornerback Kyle Wilson is the other first round selection when he was 29th overall pick in last year's NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
The only other former Broncos players drafted higher than Young were defensive end Markus Koch and fullback David Hughes. Koch was the 30th pick of the 1986 draft to the Washington Redskins, while Hughes was the 31st overall pick of the 1981 draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Young also becomes the fifth Bronco player to be selected in the second round. Along with Koch and Hughes, offensive tackle Daryn Colledge was the 47th overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Green Bay Packers, and safety Gerald Alexander was the 61st overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Detroit Lions.
Pettis is only the second Bronco to be drafted in third round of the NFL Draft and the eighth highest in school history. Running back John Smith was a 75th pick in the third round of the 1976 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
The 2011 NFL Draft marks the fifth straight year a Bronco players has been selected.
This is the fourth time in school history three Broncos have been selected in a draft. The other years were 1974, 1975 and 1976.
The most Broncos ever taken in a single draft was in 2007 when safety Gerald Alexander was picked by the Detroit Lions; wide receiver Legedu Naanee by the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Korey Hall by the Green Bay Packers and tight end Derek Schouman by the Buffalo Bills.