Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch enjoyed an insane junior season in which he logged 141 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. Suffice it to say the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year is pegged to be a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft — this is where the latest mock drafts have Leighton going:
The scouting report on the possible future Patriot from NFL.com:
Vander Esch is a loose-hipped, instinctive linebacker who played in 2017 like he had a GPS tracker on the football. His production totals against both the run and pass are rare for being a first-year starter and with a frame that is primed for more muscle, his NFL ceiling is high. Vander Esch might benefit from a reduced role his rookie season while he improves his play strength and becomes more skilled at taking on blocks. He’s an every-down linebacker with very good starting potential and the talent to fill up a stat sheet.
Off the field, Leighton is dating Treasure Valley CC basketball player Madalynn Tucker. You might see her in the green room as Leighton is one of the players verified to attend the draft.