Potter Headlines Three Broncos on Draft List
BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State football team placed a trio of student-athletes on an NFL.com list of top 2012 draft-eligible players, highlighted by rising redshirt senior offensive lineman Nate Potter of Boise (Timberline High School). CLICK HERE for the complete list.

Potter was rated fourth-overall, and was the highest-rated offensive lineman on the list. He trailed only junior quarterbacks Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Matt Barkley (USC) and senior defensive lineman Quinton Coples (North Carolina).

Fellow Broncos Billy Winn (No. 47) and Doug Martin (No. 86) were also rated on the list.

Potter has started 21-consecutive games at left tackle dating back to his sophomore season, garnering first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in each of the last two years. Potter has also performed well in the classroom, recording a 3.92 grade-point average during the spring 2011 semester and earning CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors this past season.

Senior analyst Gil Brant of NFL.com said this of Potter:

“Potter is a home-grown prospect that has earned first-team All-WAC honors twice. With long arms and good feet, Potter is reminiscent of former Boise State lineman Ryan Clady, who is now with the Denver Broncos.”

Winn, a rising redshirt senior defensive tackle from Las Vegas, Nev., was named to the 2011 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List last month, an award that honors the top collegiate defensive player in the country. He has also been named second-team All-WAC each of the last two seasons. His 9.5 tackles-for-loss in 2010 ranked third on the team, and his 12.5 TFLs in 2009 were the second-most for the Broncos. Winn has also combined for 10 sacks the past two seasons.

Martin, a rising redshirt senior running back from Stockton, Calif., garnered first-team All-WAC honors in 2010 after rushing for 1,260 yards, the sixth-highest single-season mark in school history. His 2010 average of 6.26 yards-per-carry ranks fifth all-time at Boise State, and his career rushing touchdown total (27) is the seventh-highest mark in school history.

Boise State is slated to open the 2011 season against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Sept. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., and the game will be televised by ESPN.


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