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03/06/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Winners: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State...An ascending prospect, Vander Esch had a breakout junior campaign and his star continues to shine. At 6-4 and 256 pounds with 34-inch arms, the Idaho native ran a 4.65 40-yard dash with a 39.5-inch vertical, 6.88 three-cone and 4.15 short shuttle. Vander Esch has his flaws, but he showed steady improvement throughout the 2017 season and with his athletic profile, he could very well crack the first round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/04/18 - Combine note: LB Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State checked in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4 and 256 pounds, helping to solidify his rising status among scouts. After making only 26 tackles in 2016, he posted 141 stops in 2017, earning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year honors. NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang lists Vander Esch as the No. 23 prospect on his Big Board and projects him as going at No. 28 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are looking for help at linebacker following the severe spinal cord injury that will keep Ryan Shazier out of the 2018 season. "He is a clear-cut NFL athlete with the size, awareness and reliable open-field tackling skills to be a long-time starter at linebacker," Rang wrote. Vander Esch said he met with the Steelers at the Combine.
02/18/18 - LB Leighton Vander Esch, after his breakout season in 2017 with Boise State, is projected as the 28th overall pick in the first round, going to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the latest mock draft by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. He writes: "Some will criticize Vander Esch as a one-year wonder at Boise State but the same criticism also followed standout rookie T.J. Watt at Wisconsin. Like Watt, Vander Esch has the motor Steelers fans will love, as well as the length, athleticism and playmaking ability to earn a first-round selection."
12/03/17 - 2017 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): LB Leighton Vander Esch Jr. Boise State,...Vander Esch has put together one of the top all-around defensive campaigns in recent Bronco history in 2017. Heading into this Saturday's Mountain West Championship Game, Vander Esch leads the team in tackles (113), has intercepted two passes, forced three fumbles, recorded 3.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss. He leads a defense that ranks 25th in the country with 339.0 yards allowed per game, and 19th against the run, allowing just 124.9 rushing yards per game. Individually, Vander Esch ranks 24th in the FBS, and third in the Mountain West, with 9.4 tackles per game, as well as ninth in the country (and second in the conference) with 5.9 solo tackles per game. - Boise State Football
11/30/17 - 2017 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, JUNIOR, LB, BOISE STATE...Is the third Boise State player to earn a major MW award since the Broncos joined the Conference, joining Kellen Moore in 2011 (Offensive Player of the Year) and Brett Rypien in 2015 (Freshman of the Year)...Helped lead the Broncos to their second MW Football Championship Game appearance and first since 2014...Finished the regular-season ranked third in the league with 113 total tackles. This figure leads Boise State...Recorded at least 10 tackles in six games this season, including a career-best 16 tackles at nationally-ranked Washington State on Sept. 9...Is 24th nationally with a 9.4 tackles per contest average...Also recorded 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and picked off two passes...Averaging 5.9 solo tackles per game, which is tied for ninth in the country and tied for second in the MW...Key contributor to a defensive unit that is third in the league with 27 total sacks and 21 takeaways. The 21 takeaways are tied for 33rd nationally...Member of a front seven that held opponents to 124.9 yards rushing per game, a mark that ranks 19th nationally and third in the MW, and allowed only two 100-yard rushers. - Mountain West Football