NEW YORK –
Former Boise State football players George Iloka, Billy Winn and Nate Potter were selected on the final day of the National Football League Draft Saturday, giving Boise State a school-record six selections.
Iloka was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (No. 167 overall), Winn was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (No. 205) and Potter was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round (No. 221).
The trio joined first-round selections Shea McClellin (Chicago Bears, No. 19) and Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, No. 31), and third-round selection Tyrone Crawford (Dallas Cowboys, No. 81).
The six draft selections eclipse the Broncos’ previous record of four, established in 2007.
Iloka ended his Bronco career with 41-consecutive starts – and 45 overall dating back to his freshman season – and played in each of the team’s 53 games from 2008-11. He accumulated 232 tackles (168 solo) in four seasons, earning first-team all-conference honors following both his junior and senior years.
He hauled in seven interceptions during his career, including a career-high four in his debut season en route to garnering Sporting News Freshman All-America honors. Iloka also combined for15 tackles-for-loss, 17 pass break-ups and two forced fumbles in four seasons.
Winn earned second-team all-conference honors following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. A four-year starter, Winn combined for 41 starts during his Bronco career, including a streak of 34-straight from his sophomore through senior seasons.
Winn finished his career at Boise State with 132 tackles (63 solo), including 36.5 for-loss and 15.5 sacks. His TFL total ranked tied for 17th-nationally amongst active players at the end of the 2011 season. Of his 53 games played, only once was he held without a tackle. He broke up seven passes in his four seasons, forced three fumbles and recovered four.
A consensus All-American following his senior season in 2011, Potter was also named Capital One Academic All-America First Team, the first Boise State football player to earn the honor since 1978. Potter started 43 of his 51 games played since 2008, including each of his final 34 at left tackle.
He was a three-time first-team all-conference honoree, including one of only two unanimous All-Mountain West selections in 2011. Boise State led the nation in sacks allowed in 2011, allowing just 0.62 per game. The team ranked third-nationally in the statistical category in 2010 (0.62), and allowed the fewest sacks in the country during his sophomore season (five). --broncosports.com--