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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau

The quarterback that etched his name in CU history takes the next step at the NFL Combine on Feb. 28

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Career Highlights

As one of the best quarterbacks in CU history, Sefo Liufau owns 98 school records including most yards of total offense (10,784) and passing yards (9,763). His long list of accomplishments came by playing the majority of the past four seasons; a total of 41 games with 39 starts (the most by a Buffs quarterback). Liufau finished his career with 74 total touchdowns (60 passing, 13 rushing, one receiving) and 35 interceptions. Along with Steven Montez, he was the second player to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in a game. Liufau became the first CU player in 123 years to be named a team captain for three seasons (Pat Carney, 1891-93). A unique factor that helped Sefo’s development was having two of his uncles play in the NFL. He also participated in the Manning Passing Academy twice.


As a big, athletic quarterback it’s rare to develop as dual-threat. Liufau has the mind of an efficient passer and the legs of an experienced soccer player, who knows when to scramble upfield. He’s able to scan the entire field along with being aware of defenders collapsing the pocket. He has created a tough mental aspect to his game by coming back from adverse situations repeatedly in his career. A true leader who will do anything possible to win.


The unknown factor will be how Liufau’s development will transfer to the next level. He’s physical by nature, but lacks a polished follow-through motion in his throws. He’s capable of playing at the next level, but would need to adjust some of the mechanics that are required for a typical NFL quarterback. Injuries have also been a factor in Liufau’s career (broken foot & sprained ankle) and could be a reason why some teams will pass on him.


A tough, dual-threat quarterback that is coachable and willing to develop his game.

NFL Comparison: Bryce Petty

Watchlist teams: Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers

Draft Projection: 7th Round