2022 NFL Draft: The Best of the Rest of the Mountain West Prospects By School
Long snapping isn’t the most glamorous occupation out there, but Daniel Cantrell held that position down for the Broncos since his redshirt freshman year in 2018, playing in every single game over the last four seasons. For any NFL looking at steady special teams hands, he should be worth a long look.
Kekaula Kaniho provided leadership, smarts, and production on the field from the nickelback spot, collecting 24.5 TFLs, six interceptions and four forced fumbles in his five-year tenure with the Broncos, but how that niche will translate to the NFL remains to be seen. That he also contributed on special teams, as well, should be a plus in many war rooms.
Delightful open field tackle by Kekaula Kaniho pic.twitter.com/YZ6iP9ro0A
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) November 26, 2021
Offensive tackle Uso Osuji spent three years with Rice before transferring to the Broncos in 2020, but it really wasn’t until last year that he stepped into the breach when the Boise State offensive line was shuffling athletes around and did his part to contribute. According to Pro Football Focus, his 71.9 overall grade was actually a little better than peer John Ojukwu, so his size (6-6 3/8, 301 pounds) and length (85 1/2-inch wingspan, 98th percentile) could make him an intriguing project pick.
Jake Stetz was a busy man for the Broncos over the last two years, starting games at both guard positions and at center. He did his part to protect the quarterback last season with a 80.1 pass-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus, so if NFL teams determine that he’s fully recovered from a knee injury that derailed his final year last November, it wouldn’t be a shock if someone took a flyer on his versatility and strength with a late-round selection.
That would've ranked 5th amongst OL at the NFL Combine last month, and 6th most regardless of position.
— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) March 31, 2022
Wide receiver Octavius Evans never quite had the breakout for which fans hoped — his 34 catches for 409 yards last year were career best figures — but 10 1/4-inch hands and a 34-inch vertical at Boise State’s pro day could get him a shot at the next level.
Octavius Evans truck-stick 👀 pic.twitter.com/E41pdwwOiB
— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) August 31, 2019
Cyrus Habibi-Likio spent just one year with Boise State after transferring from Oregon, but he never really established himself as a reliable option at running back when George Holani was plagued by injuries. A 4.72 40-yard time probably isn’t going to cut it in the NFL, either, unless he can add a bit more strength to his 5-11, 219-pound frame.
Joel Velasquez served as Boise State’s punter for most of the last five seasons but, with a career average of just 40.9 yards per punt, there isn’t much to recommend him.