The 2014 NFL Draft is just ten days away, and Boise State could have as many as four players selected. Meanwhile, off-season workouts are in full swing for the Broncos already in the league- and the ones looking for another job.
Daryn Colledge is in that latter group. The 6'4'' 300-lb. guard started all four years at Boise State and was selected 47th overall in the 2006 draft. He played five seasons in Green Bay before inking a five-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Last month, Colledge was unceremoniously released.
Now the 32 year-old is biding his time as he waits to see if he has a future in the NFL.
"I'm just waiting, you know? I'm doing the free agency thing... Doing the older guy free agency thing," Colledge explains. "I would expect to hear something after the draft, and if nothing happens after the draft, then I'll take that next step in life and worry about that when it comes."
Colledge typically trains at Fischer Sports in Phoenix, but in early April, Daryn spent a week in Boise and visited coach Harsin's alumni practice. He said hanging out with the younger guys got him hungry again.
"I'm going to leave the fish stories short for now," he laughs. "But every guy out here thinks he's the best player to walk through those doors. There's not a single guy out here that doesn't think he could be doing better than the kids out there right now."
Colledge isn't the only former Bronco trying to get back into the League. Undrafted linebacker Tommy Smith caught on with the Cleveland Browns last preseason, but was released in late August. Smith has kept himself in shape since then, in hopes of getting another crack at being a pro this year.
"It was a good experience. It was different, but it was good," said Smith of his time in Cleveland. "A lot of competition, kind of like Boise. You go to work every day, but it's just different being in a lot more meetings. You're there from like 7 o'clock in the morning until 10 o'clock at night. It's all business."
Smith said he hasn't worked out for any teams yet this off-season, but he's optimistic about finding his way into an NFL camp this summer.