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CU Football: Chidobe Awuzie invited to NFL Draft

Buffs defensive back one of twenty-two players invited to Philadelphia on April 27.

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Chidobe Awuzie continues to climb the NFL Draft board.

The former Buffaloes defensive back, who was once slated as a mid-round pick, became one of twenty-two player invited to Draft later this month. Awuzie’s slated to be the first ever Colorado player to attend the Draft since 1995 (first year of player invites). A very short list considering 330 players made the cut for the combine last month.

Awuzie, a four-year starter and two-time All-Pac-12 selection left CU with 273 total tackles, 22 pass deflections, four sacks and two interceptions. The Buffs ranked in the top five for defensive passing efficiency last season behind Awuzie’s leadership, allowing opponents a nation’s best two touchdowns.

NFL teams have started to notice Awuzie’s great technique and speed with an official 4.4 second 40-yard dash time. He’s one of a few physical defensive back in the 2017 class and models his game after former NFL All-Pro Brian Dawkins.

Awuzie is now projected by many as a first round pick. We’ll wait another two weeks with the NFL Draft opening from Philadelphia on April 27 and concluding with Mr. Irrelevant on the 29th.