Chris Steuber Journal
Posted: August 17, 2012
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Colorado Athletics | Illustration by Chris Steuber
Doug Rippy has the potential to rise up draft boards, but it all depends on how he responds coming off of knee surgery.
Just a year removed from producing two first-round picks (Nate Solder and Jimmy Smith), the University of Colorado only produced two late round picks (Ryan Miller and Toney Clemons) this past April, and looking ahead to the 2013 draft, it appears to be more of the same.
But, that won’t stop scouts from observing the Buffaloes’ talent in hopes of finding a hidden gem, and over the past two weeks, representatives from the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers made the trip to Boulder.
Unfortunately, Colorado’s top prospect, junior wide receiver Paul Richardson, is likely out for the entire season after he tore his ACL during spring practice. But another underclassman scouts will be interested in watching is offensive lineman David Bakhtiari. The younger brother of current 49ers lineman Eric Bakhtiari, David is a versatile lineman, who has experience playing right and left tackle, and has performed very well as a two-year starter. It’s unlikely that the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bakhtiari will declare for the draft after this season, but he has a future at the next level.
Colorado also has some intriguing seniors to keep an eye on, especially on defense: linebackers Doug Rippy and Jon Major, free safety Ray Polk, defensive end Chidera Uzo-Diribe and defensive tackle Will Pericak.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography