He played left tackle during his time at the University of Texas. Meanwhile, 1,500 miles away in his hometown of Riggins, dozens of locals gathered for a watch party and celebrated his selection.
The Cowboys drafted Boise State LB Leight Vander Esch with their first round pick - the 19th overall - on Thursday night. Those players were rated much higher on other teams boards than Vander #Esch, but #The Cowboys liked him from the very start. He was limited to six games as a redshirt sophomore due to injuries. I can see Vander Esch being the captain of an National Football League defense for the next ten years. His 141 tackles were the most for a Bronco defender since 1988.
One thing is certain the Dallas Cowboys could make this draft very memorable in the mid-rounds.
Wilson was highly productive at Boise State, catching 83 passes for 1,511 yards a year ago. With 10 picks - now nine - available this year, they could've easily moved up a couple of spots to get James without decimating their draft.
He does not play tight, has a lot of fluidity to his game. He was named IdahoSports.com's Student-Athlete of the Year in 2014; he won state championships in football and basketball as both a junior and senior. On the defensive line, the Cowboys already have Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence. Dallas selected former Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong with the 116th pick.
The former Broncos star fills a glaring need for Dallas.
Cowboys officials also said they didn't consider trading up to get Florida State safety Derwin James, who was picked 17th by the Chargers.
Armstrong had 142 tackles, 34.5 for a loss, 15.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and three recoveries over three seasons.