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NFL Draft Profile: Buffaloes S Evan Worthington

Worthington is likely to be a 5th to 7th round pick.

NCAA Football: Arizona State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft begins Thursday the 25th and runs through Saturday the 27th. There are five Colorado Buffaloes who may be drafted — Evan Worthington, Drew Lewis, Juwann Winfree, Javier Edwards and Travon McMillian — although they are likely late-round selections or will be undrafted.

Strengths: Evan Worthington has often been noted for his athleticism and relatively high ceiling. He’s strong, explosive and has the ability to make plays in space, both as a high safety in the passing game and near the line of scrimmage. At 6’2, 215-lbs. with speed and aggressiveness, he’s certainly capable of playing in the box or defending tight ends; he could be a versatile safety who may find his role in the big nickel. With his size, athleticism and knack for disruption in whatever role he plays, he has the versatility that could earn him a job in the NFL. He may not be a starter at safety, but as a depth piece and special teams playmaker, he could be a valuable selection. If he does stay healthy, he could reach his full potential and become a league-average starter.

Weaknesses: Worthington has been limited by injuries, mostly concussions. There were rumors that he would medically retire after the 2018 season, but he ultimately decided to pursue a career in the NFL. It’s certainly his decision to make, but teams would be right to worry about his durability and long term health. There have also been reports of red flags for his character concerns, but those are overblown. Worthington (then known as Evan White) missed a year of football as he dealt with personal issues, but he has grown tremendously in the two years since he returned to playing. On the field, he has consistency issues that could be attributed to his health, which may be why he wasn’t as impactful as many had expected after a standout 2017.

Draft range: Rounds 5-7

Player comparison: T.J. McDonald