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Colorado Buffaloes WR K.D. Nixon declares for NFL Draft

The junior receiver will test the draft waters.

Colorado v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

K.D. Nixon and Laviska Shenault Jr. came to Boulder together and now they leave for the NFL. A week after Shenault declared, Nixon announced today that he will test the waters.

Nixon came to Colorado from DeSoto H.S. in the Dallas area. High school teammates with Shenault, Nixon was actually the higher rated prospect. It was obvious then that he diminutive receiver was a born playmaker. He’s a jitterburg in the short passing game, runs hard after the catch, and is a surprisingly good deep ball receiver for his size (5’7, 185-lbs.).

In three seasons with the Buffs — two of which he started — Nixon had 89 catches for 1,128 yards and 8 total touchdowns. His best game came against Oregon State in 2018, when he had 13 catches for 198 yards and 2 scores. His biggest play came against Nebraska in 2019, when he scored a momentum-changing 96-yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage in CU history.

Nixon made terrific plays during his fine career, but his biggest impact came as a vocal leader. He had the loudest, most expressive voice on the team, and he would often use that voice to inspire or defend his teammates. His friendship with Shenault (and basketball star McKinley Wright) was always a treasure as well.

As to where Nixon will go in the draft, it’s hard to tell right now. He’s probably the third best draft prospect in this receiving corps — after Shenault and Tony Brown — so he may have to impress at the NFL Combine or Pro Day to hear his name called on draft day.