BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Draft: Boise State Players Prepare For April Event

The Boise State Broncos expect to have five or more players in the 2012 NFL Draft. Shea McClellin might be the first Bronco off the board.

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2012 NFL Draft: Boise State's Shea McClellin Among 26 Players Invited To New York

The NFL has announced that 26 players have been invited to attend the 2012 NFL Draft on April 26, the day of the first-round of the draft, according to a press release. While we knew players such as quarterbacks Andrew Luck (projected No. 1 overall pick) and Robert Griffin III (projected No. 2 overall pick) would be no-doubters to attend the draft, the Boise St. Broncos also have a player invited: linebacker Shea McClellin.

This news would seemingly confirm that some team plans on taking McClellin in the first round of the draft. The last two Broncos to go in the first round were Kyle Wilson (29th overall, 2010) and Ryan Clady (12th overall, 2008). It's more than likely that McClellin is going to be drafted closer to No. 29 than No. 12, but that would still make him the first Broncos off the board -- that is, if running back Doug Martin isn't popped in the first round. Running backs do usually fall during the draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos May Draft QB, But Not In 1st Round

The Denver Broncos are playing in the postseason, so they're likely not all in yet on the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. They'll need to soon, though, given the numerous places where the Broncos need to show improvement. One of those places might be quarterback, where Tim Tebow has had an up-and-down year for Denver, but Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes that fans shouldn't expect the team to select a quarterback in the first round.

But first round? The Broncos will take a cornerback, or a defensive tackle, or a linebacker or a running back. They won’t take a quarterback.

So, presumably, Denver will try to improve an already strong defense, or try to strengthen the running game with a better feature back. There are two legitimately elite QB talents in the 2012 draft- Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III -- but neither of those players is expected to be available when the Broncos pick in the 20's. So rather than reach for a different quarterback, the expectation is that the Broncos will try to improve in other ways while giving Tebow another year to show that he can be a championship-caliber quarterback.

Klis notes that the Broncos do like some of the other quarterbacks in the draft, though, so they may use a later pick to select a new quarterback prospect. Names that Klis mentioned as possible options are Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, Arizona's Nick Foles, Arkansas' Tyler Wilson and Boise State's Kellen Moore.

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2012 NFL Draft: Kellen Moore Looking To Prove His NFL Doubters Wrong

This NFL quarterback had questions about his size before being drafted, eventually being selected with the fist pick of the second round in the NFL Draft. He played in a wide open offense, threw 88 touchdowns to 45 interceptions and finished wit ha 132.4 quarterback rating. This player is Drew Brees, the new single-season passing yards leader.

Why bring up Drew Brees? Kellen Moore is this year's quarterback who was insanely productive in college, but limited in his potential, draft evaluators say right now, because he barely reaches six-feet tall. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel is not buying the height issue for Moore when it comes to the draft. Mandel makes the comparison to Brees, noting that Moore has been even more productive than Brees in college, but that he is knocked down on draft boards because of height and ill-defined notions of arm strength.

While no one is saying Moore is the next Brees, Mandel certainly isn't, there are still four months for the Boise St. quarterback to change the minds of NFL talent evaluators, teams and TV talking heads alike. As Stewart notes toward the end of the discussion:

As we've seen with Tim Tebow, it only takes one team seeing what the rest of us have been watching the past four years to decide to make an investment.

Let's see Moore work his way into a Day 2 draft pick.

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