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Pro Football Focus compared Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie to Miami Dolphins CB Brandon Maxwell.

"Like Maxwell, Awuzie has shown himself to have the coverage skills to succeed in the NFL, and has the ball skills to swat the ball away from receivers to force incompletions," notes the PFF analysis team. They see Awuzie as similar to Maxwell in another, less fortunate, aspect of the game, too -- that being an inability to rack up the interceptions. Awuzie picked off just three passes during his time at Colorado, with two of those interceptions coming during the 2015 season. PFF would also like to see tightened tackling technique. Come the draft, Awuzie has Day 1/early Day 2 potential.
Mar 21 - 10:15 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie is a plug and play slot corner.

Calling a prospect a slot corner is no longer a criticism, since that position and role is on the field 60 percent of the time. Awuzie has plenty of experience inside working through trash, something that can be difficult to find out of college since many prospects strictly play on the outside. Awuzie dealt with a significant turf toe injury during the school's bowl game, which contributed to a poor performance.
Mar 20 - 8:30 AM

Colorado senior WR Donovan Lee suffered a broken ankle in practice this week.

While Lee has been nixed for the remainder of spring practice, the hope here is that he will be healthy enough to return at some point in August. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder has filled a variety of roles with Colorado, working as both a receiver and a running back. The Buffs are also experimenting with him as a potential cornerback.
Mar 17 - 4:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Jets are "showing strong interest" in Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon.

The Jets are keen on Witherspoon, with the Lions another team to monitor. He met with Detroit during Wednesday's pro day. He sat on his Combine numbers, an understandable enough move given that he breezed through the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and logged a 40.5-inch vertical leap (third-best among corners) while on hand in Indianapolis. Pauline views Witherspoon as a possible selection in the third round.
Mar 9 - 4:26 PM

Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie turned in a vertical jump of 39.5 inches at the program's pro day on Wednesday.

That is a full five inches higher than the 34.5-inch vertical number turned in during Combine work this past weekend. Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, the Bengals, Eagles and Lions all met with the possible first-rounder. Should he slide through Day 1 without being drafted, he figures to be off the board very early on Day 2.
Mar 9 - 2:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Colorado DT Jordan Carrell's showing on pro day "caused a bit of buzz."

"During drills Carrell looked smooth, quick and very fluid," Pauline writes. The analyst doesn't see the 6-foot-2, 293-pounder landing in the draft proper, but believes an NFL team will sign him as a street free agent when all is said and done. During testing work on Wednesday, Carrell put in a 40-yard dash in the mid-4.8's and notched a 31.5-inch vertical jump. This past season, he logged 46 tackles (6.0 for loss) and five sacks in 13 games played.
Mar 9 - 2:07 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Colorado DL Josh Tupou "looked smooth and athletic" during drills at the program's pro day.

Tupou did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, but tried his best to impress on pro day. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 353 pounds, with Pauline hearing that he would like to drop that weight down to a more manageable 335 pounds. In testing, the Colorado product logged 29 reps on the bench press and ran the 40-yard dash in the vicinity of the 5.3's, with a 10-yard split in the 1.9's. He met with the Jets, Redskins and Bucs on Wednesday. Pauline passes along that he has an official visit scheduled with the Seahawks and that the Patriots are additionally showing interest. Tupou could potentially hear his number called at the draft on Day 3.
Mar 9 - 1:04 PM

Colorado OLB Jimmie Gilbert suffered a hamstring injury during the program's pro day on Wednesday.

Gilbert injured his hamstring while running the 40-yard dash (he clocked a time of 4.62 seconds). Despite the ailment, he still put in a full workout, additionally notching a vertical leap of 37.5 inches and 12 reps on the bench press. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder met with the Lions before the workout and the Cardinals after.
Mar 9 - 12:25 PM

Colorado DL Josh Tupou has a visit scheduled with the Seahawks, according to Tony Pauline.

We aren't joking when we wonder if it is for a move to offensive line. Tupou is solely a run defender on the defensive side of the ball. He projects to the third day. Tupou attended the East West Shrine Game.
Mar 9 - 11:02 AM

Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie met with defensive back coaches from the Bengals, Eagles and Lions, according to Tony Pauline.

Awuzie might be viewed by the NFL as the best slot corner in the draft, with plenty of experience playing through trash and in that area of the field. Pauline recently said Awuzie is locked into the first round. That might be rich, but a top two round selection makes sense. Awuzie, who tested in the 89th percentile, dealt with a significant turf toe to end the season.
Mar 9 - 10:48 AM

Colorado redshirt junior RB Kyle Evans dislocated his hip in a scrimmage on Saturday.

Evans has undergone surgery and will be hospitalized until Thursday. The 5-foot-6, 175-pound junior was the No. 2 back to starter Phillip Lindsay last season, rushing for 346 yards and three touchdowns while catching eight passes for 114 yards.
Mar 8 - 3:07 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie appears to be a first round lock following the NFL Combine.

Expect to hear about 10 cornerback names attached to the first round. Awuzie dealt with a turf toe in the school's bowl game, forcing him to be sidelined for the Senior Bowl. At the very least he is a school's slot corner, a position that is on the field over 50 percent of the time. Awuzie tested in the 89th percentile, per Zach Whitman.
Mar 7 - 9:12 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon to Patrick Robinson.

Witherspoon ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and finished No. 3 among CBs with a 40.5-inch vertical at the NFL Combine on Monday. "Possesses a rare combination of size and speed and saw his ball production take a substantial leap this season," Zierlein wrote. "Witherspoon's length and his ability to mirror and match in space should launch him into early playing time, but his unwillingness to tackle and hit will be a complete turn-off for some teams." Because Witherspoon played only one season of high school football, the analyst says he'll continue to improve his technique and route awareness.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 7:48 PM

Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie recorded a 40-yard dash of 4.43 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

A sign of just how dynamic this class of corners is athletically, Awuzie's 4.43 seconds -- which would have been one of the top times for a running back on Friday -- was tied for 11th best at his position. Wrapping up the rest of the 6-foot, 202-pounder's work in Indianapolis, Awuzie logged leaps of 34.5 inches (vertical) and 132 inches (broad), hoisted the bar 16 times on the bench press and put forth a three-cone drill of 6.81 seconds and a 20-yard shuttle of 4.14 seconds. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has called him a "[s]ticky man-cover corner who possesses the reactive athleticism and foot quickness to maintain coverage responsibilities around the field."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 4:48 PM

Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Monday.

This showing confirms something we already knew: Witherspoon is one of the most intriguing size/speed cornerback prospects. He also finished No. 3 in his position group with a 40.5 vertical. At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Witherspoon is talented but raw. Though he only played one season of high school football and must work on technique, his ball skills leveled-up last season. Witherspoon finished tied for No. 2 nationally with 20 passes defensed.
Mar 6 - 1:55 PM


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