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ESPN's Kyle Bonagura believes Colorado senior WR Bryce Bobo is the best NFL prospect on the Buffaloes.

What's interesting about this opinion is that Bobo is -- or, more accurately, has been -- the No. 3 receiver behind Shay Fields and Devin Ross in Colorado's aerial pecking order. All three return in 2017. "At 6-2, he's a little bigger than the other two," wrote Bonagura of Bobo, "and was a Pac-12 honorable mention selection in 2016 after catching 41 passes for 523 yards."
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 12:31 PM

Colorado redshirt sophomore QB Steven Montez completed 7-of-11 passes for 55 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the team's spring game.

"Sometimes he's going to turn it over. That's what guys that are aggressive do," said OC Darrin Chiaverini. "Even today, you saw he turned the ball over early, but he came back and he kept throwing it, and he hit some really nice throws." The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Montez exits the spring with a firm grip on the starting job vacated by Sefo Liufau. In three starts last season, Montez threw for 823 yards while posting a 7/3 TD/INT ratio.
Source: Buff Zone
May 12 - 8:26 PM

Browns signed Colorado LB Kenneth Olugbode.

Olugbode (6’1/222) made 36 starts at inside linebacker for the Buffaloes, tallying nine career tackles for loss, ten pass breakups, and three interceptions. He only earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Olugbode revealed himself as a below-average athlete at CU’s Pro Day, managing a 4.79 forty and sluggish 7.27 three-cone time. Olugbode is headed for special teams.
May 4 - 12:41 PM

49ers signed Colorado OLB Jimmie Gilbert.

Gilbert (6’4/231) made 24 starts at 3-4 outside linebacker for the Buffaloes, tallying 31 career tackles for loss, 20 sacks, and nine forced fumbles. He earned third-team All-America honors in 2016. Still snubbed for a Combine invite, Gilbert showed plus athleticism with a 4.68 forty, 37-inch vertical, and 10-foot broad jump at Colorado’s Pro Day. While undersized by NFL edge-player standards, Gilbert offers long arms (34 1/8") and impressive pursuit speed on tape. He could earn an early role on special teams and could develop into a sub-package rusher down the line.
May 1 - 1:52 PM

Cowboys selected Colorado DT Jordan Carrell with the No. 246 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Carrell (6'2/290) was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick as a senior, tallying 5.5 sacks and 12 additional quarterback pressures. A low-profile prospect, Carrell helped himself at his Pro Day by running sub-5.00 (4.98, to be exact) with a solid 31 1/2-inch vertical. Carroll offers low-ceiling potential as a three-technique tackle who could eventually log rotational snaps.
Apr 29 - 6:34 PM

Seahawks selected Colorado S Tedric Thompson with the No. 111 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Thompson (6’0/204) made 37 starts in Colorado's secondary, tallying 13 career interceptions and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted Thompson with an anemic 21.3 passer rating and 40.3% completion rate allowed in 2016. While an effective college player, Thompson’s drawbacks are his eighth-percentile athleticism, inconsistent tackling in the box, and lack of experience in man coverage. The younger brother of former Dolphins fifth-round pick Cedric Thompson, Tedric’s probable NFL ceiling is a third safety with special teams value.
Apr 29 - 12:29 PM

49ers selected Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon with the No. 66 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Witherspoon (6’3/198) made 21 starts in three years at CU after transferring from JUCO, logging 23 pass breakups with three interceptions and earning second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. PFF College charted Witherspoon with an anemic 31.8% completion rate allowed last year. Witherspoon combines a tall, lean frame with 33-inch arms and 92nd-percentile athleticism, including 4.45 speed and a 40 ½-inch vertical. Witherspoon needs to get stronger and is a matador tackler, but his cover skills and traits are mouth watering. Built like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Witherspoon offers starter potential if his NFL coaches can scheme around his contact aversion.
Apr 28 - 9:48 PM

Cowboys selected Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie with the No. 60 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Awuzie (6’0/202) played all over the Buffaloes’ defense, seeing action at boundary and slot corner, both safety spots, and even linebacker. Although Awuzie managed three interceptions across 41 starts, he set school records in tackles for loss (26) and sacks (9) by a defensive back, earning first-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Awuzie predictably crushed the Combine, registering top-five SPARQ results with 4.43 speed and an 11-foot broad jump. Awuzie also aced the Wonderlic Exam (34). His weakness is tackling efficiency with 33 missed tackles the past three years. While Awuzie’s NFL position is to be determined, he checks boxes as a football player and athlete and should develop into a plus starter wherever he lands.
Apr 28 - 9:32 PM

The Sporting News' Ron Clements tagged Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie as the fourth-best available player for Day 2.

Fourth-best available and Clements' top corner still remaining on the board. Rotoworld's Josh Norris views the 6-foot, 190-pounder as a plug-and-play slot corner. His is a name to watch for the first 10 picks of the second round, as Awuzie had been receiving a fair amount of first-round buzz leading up to Day 1 on Thursday.
Apr 28 - 6:46 PM

The MMQB's Peter King writes the Ravens and Titans "would be happy to move down" from picks No. 16 and No. 18, respectively.

King was the first to break the Titans-Rams trade last year for the No. 1 pick, so his connections to the Titans are strong. Both teams have obvious needs at corner and receiver, yet the board might not align at the picks. In the latest Rotoworld Football Podcast, Josh Norris suggested Chidobe Awuzie for the Titans if they trade out of the pick.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 24 - 10:15 AM

Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon has visited with the Seahawks, Saints, 49ers and Eagles since the start of April.

Witherspoon turned in one of the best all-around Combine performances by a cornerback back at the beginning of March, smoking the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and notching the third-best vertical jump by a corner with a mark of 40.5 inches. In addition to the teams he has visited this month, the 6-foot-3, 198-pounder has reportedly drawn interest from both the Jets and Lions. He won't be drafted as high as secondary teammate Chidobe Awuzie (a borderline first-round prospect), but could see love before the end of Day 2 come the draft.
Apr 13 - 5:44 PM

The Raiders have worked out Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie and also brought him in for an official pre-Draft visit.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Awuzie is "on the rise" on league-wide Draft boards amidst this stacked cornerback class. The analyst is hearing that the Raiders could take a cornerback at No. 24, perhaps Awuzie, assuming he's available. Further, Pauline added that the Titans, who have also both worked out and hosted Awuzie for a visit, could take the corner with their second pick in the first round at No. 18. Awuzie scored a 35 on the Wonderlic and is considered capable of playing both cornerback and safety. Don't be surprised if he goes earlier than you thought later this month.
Apr 13 - 1:23 PM

The Buffalo Bills will host Colorado S Tedric Thompson for an official pre-draft visit on Thursday.

The 6-foot, 204-pound safety is fresh off a visit to Dallas. Per Pro Football Focus, Thompson was the best cover safety of anyone in the 2017 draft class last year. He surrendered only 26 receptions on 65 targets (40 percent) for 318 yards and one touchdown. That was good for a 21.3 passer rating against, which also ranked tops among all safeties. Now for the bad news: He's a non-factor in the run game. Thompson is a mid-round pick with pronounced strengths and weaknesses. He must find the right scheme fit, preferably one that allow him to stay away from the box.
Source: Bills Wire
Apr 6 - 12:29 PM

Colorado S Tedric Thompson is one of the 30 prospects that Dallas will bring in for an official pre-Draft visit, according to CowboysCast's Bobby Belt.

We like Thompson's range, but project him as a backup free safety at the next level because of his issues tackling. He'd fit best on a team that uses cover 1 or cover 3. Thompson had seven interceptions and 16 pass deflections in 2016.
Apr 5 - 1:52 PM

Colorado S Tedric Thompson's "instincts and ball skills are outstanding," according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Thompson has great range in the back half and projects as a backup free safety for an NFL team, likely fitting best on cover 1 or cover 3 situations. However, his tackling is absolutely atrocious, and we have seen other talented prospects fail in the NFL because of that flaw.
Mar 28 - 10:59 AM


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