Join our live chat with Boise State football’s Matt Paradis this morning

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
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We’ll hold a live chat to talk about Boise State football and the NFL Draft at 11 a.m. today. Former Boise State center Matt Paradis, a draft prospect from Council, will join us to answer your questions at 11:30 a.m.

You can join the chat in this post when it begins.

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I’ve rounded up a bunch of mock drafts and rankings that mention Boise State’s draft prospects. Here’s the rundown:

Todd McShay/Mel Kiper, ESPN

They did a combined mock draft and Kiper selected defensive end Demarcus Lawrence for the Eagles at No. 54. Full mock here.

Mel Kiper top 100, ESPN

Kiper rates Lawrence as the No. 49 overall prospect in the draft. “One of the better pure pass-rushers in the class, but he’s a tweener in terms of system fit,” Kiper writes. Full list here.

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

Rang projects Lawrence to land with the Seahawks at the last pick of the first round, No. 32. They “could see the 6-3, 251 pound Lawrence as an ideal LEO defensive end to groom behind Cliff Avril, who is entering the final year of his contract,” he writes. Full mock here.

Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

He slots Lawrence to the Vikings at No. 40. Full mock here.

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

He also sees Lawrence as a late first-rounder — this time at No. 31 to the Broncos. Full mock here.

SI.com top 100

Sports Illustrated ranks Lawrence No. 67. Full list here.

USA Today top 300

USA Today names three Broncos — Lawrence at No. 47, offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. at No. 189 and center Matt Paradis at No. 291. Full list here.

By position, USA Today has Lawrence fourth among defensive ends and Leno 15th among offensive tackles.

Woody Paige, Denver Post

Paige lists Paradis as a possible sixth-rounder for the Broncos. Full breakdown here.

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NFL.COM GRADES

Here’s how the Mountain West prospects stack up at NFL.com.

Ratings guide
9.0-10: Once-in-a-lifetime player
8.0-8.99: Perennial All-Pro
7.5-7.99: Future All-Pro
7.0-7.49: Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.5-6.99: Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.0-6.49: Should become instant starter
5.5-5.99: Chance to become NFL starter
5.2-5.49: NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19: Better-than-average chance to make an NFL roster
5.0: 50-50 chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99: Should be in an NFL training camp
4.5-4.74: Chance to be in an NFL training camp

Boise State
DE Demarcus Lawrence, 6.0
OT Charles Leno Jr., 5.2
C Matt Paradis, 5.0
WR Aaron Burks, 4.7

Utah State
S Mo Alexander 5.2
C Tyler Larsen, 5.2
CB Nevin Lawson, 4.9
TE D.J. Tialavea, 4.8

Wyoming
S Marqueston Huff, 5.2
WR Robert Herron, 5.1
QB Brett Smith, 5.1

Colorado State
C Weston Richburg, 5.3
OLB Shaquil Barrett, 5.2
TE Crockett Gillmore, 5.1
RB Kapri Bibbs, 4.9

Air Force
RB Anthony LaCoste, 4.7

New Mexico
C Dillon Farrell, 5.0

Fresno State
QB Derek Carr, 6.1
WR Davante Adams, 5.7
TE Marcel Jensen, 5.2
WR Isaiah Burse, 5.1
OG Austin Wentworth, 5.1

San Jose State
CB Bene Benwikere, 5.2
QB David Fales, 5.1
WR Chandler Jones, 5.1
C Ryan Jones, 5.1

San Diego State
S Nat Berhe, 5.2
S Eric Pinkins, 4.9
RB Adam Muema, 4.8

Hawaii
DE Tavita Woodard, 4.7

Nevada
OT Joel Bitonio, 5.8
CB Markus Smith, 4.7

UNLV
RB Tim Cornett, 5.0

Also:

Idaho
RB James Baker, 5.2


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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