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2021 NFL Draft: Colorado’s Will Sherman selected in the sixth round by New England Patriots

Sherman was the only Colorado player taken among this year’s draft.

NCAA Football: Utah at Colorado Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes had to wait until day three of the 2021 NFL Draft for a player to be taken off the board.

Will Sherman was selected by the New England Patriots with the 197th overall pick in the sixth round. He’s a great addition to the Pats retooled offensive line who will be tasked with protecting either Cam Newton or first round pick Mac Jones.

A three-year starter at Colorado, Sherman shuffled around on the Buffs offensive line at multiple positions as one of the most experienced players on the team. He earned All-Pac-12 honors at left tackle before switching over to right guard and eventually went back to the left side last year.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound blocker will need time to develop in the NFL, but will likely be thrown into the mix immediately for the Patriots. This marks the eighth straight year New England has drafted an offensive lineman to compete for a starting position.

Sherman is the fifth offensive lineman from Colorado to be drafted over the past decade. This also marks the second straight year a Buffs offensive tackle was taken in the draft. Arlington Hambright was a seventh round selection by the Chicago Bears in last year’s draft.