Friday, a pair of Colorado Buffaloes, wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. and linebacker Davion Taylor, heard their names called on day two of the 2020 NFL Draft. Shenault was taken in the 2nd round, 42nd overall, by the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Taylor was selected in the 3rd round, 103rd overall, by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Saturday, it was Arlington Hambright’s turn. The 6’5”, 300-pound offensive lineman was taken in the 7th round (226th overall) by the Chicago Bears.
Arguably one of the better names in the this year’s draft class, Hambright was a beast for the Buffaloes during his lone season in Boulder, Colo. The grad-transfer from Oklahoma State started all 12 games for the Buffaloes in 2019, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors. He saw action on a totalof 831 plays and finished tied with Tim Lynott for second on the team (Kary Kutsch had 77) with 75 knockdown blocks, including 13 at Washington State, the most by a Buffaloes player in a single game last season. Against Stanford, Hambright was named the Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week, one of three times he was nominated for the award.
Hambright is the first Buffaloes offensive lineman to be drafted since 2013, when tackle David Bakhtiari was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 4th round. He’s also the first Colorado player taken by the Bears since 1995, when Heisman trophy winning running back Rashaan Salaam was selected 21st overall. The last time three or more Buffaloes players were selected in the same Draft was 2017, when Chidobe Awuzie, Ahkello Witherspoon, TedricThompson and Jordan Carrell were drafted.
Congrats Arlington, Laviska and Davion! See you on Sundays!