BOISE, Idaho With the 2009 NFL Draft completed just last month, USA Today is already working on next year’s pro football draft and has selected Boise State University cornerback/punt returner Kyle Wilson as a first round pick.
A senior from Piscataway, N.J., Wilson was one of 32 players the national newspaper selected as the top collegiate seniors to watch during this upcoming season. In its brief commentary on each of the players, USA Today stated “Not only does he have excellent coverage skills, but last year Wilson averaged 14.2 yards on punt returns with three touchdowns”.
Wilson is coming off a stellar junior season earning second team All-American honors as a punt returner from Sporting News & SI.com when he returned 33 punts for 470 yards and three touchdowns.
He also received first team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors on defense in 2008 leading the Broncos in interceptions with five. Wilson also broke up 10 passes and made 35 tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage.
Boise State has had only one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft when offensive tackle Ryan Clady was picked by the Denver Broncos as the 12th overall selection in 2008. Clady, who will be starting just his second year with Denver, was recently named by Sporting News as the top offensive tackle in the NFL.
The Broncos open the 2009 season on Sept. 3 (Thursday) at Bronco Stadium against the University of Oregon in a nationally televised ESPN game.