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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

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


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