FRISCO -- No, while it may seem like it, the Cowboys don't have a quota for the number of Boise State players they must draft each year.
Yet, there is a clear-cut path from the famed blue turf in Boise, Idaho, 1,600 miles away, to the blue star in Texas. The latest to take it are Dallas' 2018 first-round draft selection, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, and receiver Cedrick Wilson, a sixth-round pick. The college teammates and former team captains recently were immersed in rookie orientation together at the team's headquarters, The Star.
It's not a coincidence that the franchise has selected five Broncos since 2008. That's more from the Mountain West Conference program than any teams in the major conferences such as the SEC or Big 12, or any team, period. The runner-up is Oklahoma, with the Cowboys drafting four Sooners during that time span.
The franchise generally feels comfortable with what it believes it gets from Boise State players, including a solid foundation, an edge they will play with and a willingness to work.