As the NFL season kicks off, the Treasure Valley starts to get homesick for Albertson's Stadium. It's good to know that our Broncos are being represented in the pros. If we can't cheer for them on the blue, at least we can root for them from our couches as some of last year's standouts play on Sundays. Last year's class was one of the best, with four of them making four different teams. Including those four, 19 former Boise State Broncos are playing for NFL teams. Six of them play for the Dallas Cowboys.
This year's rookie class includes Ezra Cleveland, a tackle drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of this year's draft. The team has moved him to Left Guard, where he is currently learning the position and is listed as a backup.
Last year, Curtis Weaver was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. That got him drafted in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins. He got hurt and was waived in August. He was immediately picked up by the Cleveland Browns, who put him on injured reserve. He could come back before the end of the season.
Another fifth-round pick was receiver John Hightower. He went to the Philadelphia Eagles, and he will be on the field returning kickoffs.
Finally, Guard John Molchon didn't get drafted, but he signed a free-agent contract with Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's currently on injured reserve.