Paradis, Leno Selected in NFL Draft

May 10, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Former Boise State offensive linemen Matt Paradis and Charles Leno, Jr. were each selected in the 2014 National Football League Draft, Saturday.

Paradis was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 31st pick of the sixth round (207th overall), and Leno was taken by the Chicago Bears with the 31st pick of the seventh round (246th overall).

The duo gives Boise State a pair of offensive linemen taken in the same draft for the first time since 1974, when Dan Dixon (Houston Oilers) and Al Davis (Atlanta Falcons) were selected in the 14th and 15th rounds, respectively.

With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence also being selected in the second round (No. 34 overall) by the Dallas Cowboys, Boise State had at least three players selected in the same draft for the third time in the last four seasons.

Paradis started each of the Broncos' last 26 games at center, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors in 2012, and second-team all-league honors in 2013.

Leno, who started each of Boise State's last 39 games, was a first-team All-MW selection in 2013, and was a second-team honoree in 2012.

Paradis was named Boise State's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman this past season, and Leno earned the honor following the 2012 season.

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