NFL Draft Rumors 2017: Chidobe Awuzie Looking Like First-Round Lock

Chidobe Awuzie probably didn’t get the amount of press he deserved while playing at Colorado. Had he played for a traditional powerhouse, we’d likely all know his name already.

However, thanks to a strong showing at the combine last week, Awuzie has likely earned himself a selection in the first round of the NFL draft this year.

Awuzie was the engine in one of the Pac-12’s best defenses. He totaled 65 tackles on the year and terrorized opposing quarterbacks with four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. In a draft that is deep at the cornerback position, as many as 1o cornerbacks might be taken in the first round, Awuzie has established himself near the top of that list.

Awuzie plays an aggressive style at the cornerback position and opposing quarterbacks were reluctant to throw in his direction.

This resulted in a less than stellar number of interceptions, though there are some legitimate concerns about his ball-catching ability. He knows how to play the pass, totaling 12 passes defended during the season, but was only able to haul in one for an INT. His size might also be of some concern, as he stands at only 6 feet tall.

This projects him to line up in the slot and cover the smaller, quicker wide-recievers in the pass happy NFL.

Awuzie was originally supposed to go in the middle rounds of the draft, but after showcasing his ability in front of the pro scouts, his stock rose quickly. If he can avoid injury or controversy, he should be taken early and cash in big.

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Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a stand-up comedian based in New York City. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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