CU's draft hopefuls

First or second round

Isaiah Oliver, cornerback

Late rounds or undrafted free agents

Bryce Bobo, receiver

Shay Fields, receiver

Jeromy Irwin, offensive line

Afolabi Laguda, safety

Phillip Lindsay, running back

Devin Ross, receiver

Possible undrafted free agents

Timothy Coleman, Jr., outside linebacker

George Frazier, tight end/defensive end

Leo Jackson III, defensive end

Gerrad Kough, offensive line

Derek McCartney, outside linebacker

Ryan Moeller, safety

Phillip Lindsay has no idea where his football journey will take him this week, but as he waits to find out, he'll be surrounded by the people that have helped him achieve his dreams thus far.

"I'll be with my family ... my brothers and my two sisters and my mom and my father," the former Colorado running back said. "We'll just be playing dominoes, playing spades, listening to music and enjoying each other."

In the background, the NFL draft will be on TV, as the family hopes to hear Lindsay's name called this weekend.

"I feel as confident as anybody else," he said of being drafted. "I feel like I've done what I have to do to be able to hear my name called. It's just about waiting."


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Lindsay is one of several former Buffs hoping to get the NFL call. The first round of the draft will be Thursday night, with rounds two and three on Friday and the final four rounds on Saturday.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver, who skipped his senior year to enter the draft, is the only former Buff guaranteed to be drafted. Oliver is projected by some as a first-round pick and almost certainly will be selected by the middle of the second round.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver is the only former Buff guaranteed to be drafted.
Cornerback Isaiah Oliver is the only former Buff guaranteed to be drafted. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Beyond Oliver, however, Lindsay may be the most likely to get drafted. Tackle Jeromy Irwin, safety Afolabi Laguda and receivers Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross are holding out hope, as well. Several others could get the call as undrafted free agents.

Of the group, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound Lindsay is the most intriguing.

One of 11 finalists for the Doak Walker Award — presented to the nation's top running back — last year, Lindsay rushed for 1,474 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

During his final two years at CU, he was one of the most productive backs in the country, with 2,663 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, along with 70 catches for 647 yards and two scores.

Despite his production and durability — he played in all of CU's 51 games the past four years — Lindsay was not invited to the NFL scouting combine this spring. He's been overlooked by some draft pundits. One seven-round mock draft on NFL.com didn't include Lindsay, but did have Florida State's Ryan Green , a career backup with 126 yards last season, getting picked.

"Mocks drafts are cute," he said. "That's just somebody sitting on a computer thinking they know what they're doing. At the end of the day, if you aren't me and you aren't talking to the coaches and hearing what the coaches have to say, you just don't know."

Instead, Lindsay chooses to trust his agent and the people in the NFL he's had conversations with during the draft process.

"Some people are going to like me and some people don't," he said. "It really doesn't matter to me. It's all about the team that wants me."

Lindsay is confident there's a team in the NFL that likes him and he isn't the type that will hold a grudge against the teams that pass on him.

"All I care about is the team that takes me," he said. "I don't care about the teams that want somebody else. If you feel I'm not a fit for you, you're not going to take me, but the team that gets me is going to be happy and they're going to come back and thank (CU head coach Mike MacIntyre) for having me ready. I'm excited to see what happens.

"It's hard because you never know where you're going to be (going). All my life I've been here in Colorado and come later on this week I could be living somewhere else in a different state."

Lindsay could be the first CU back drafted since fullback Lawrence Vickers in 2006. The Buffs haven't had a tailback drafted since Chris Brown in 2003.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.

The last 10 years

How the Colorado Buffaloes have fared in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years (with their overall selection number):

2017

2nd round — Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Dallas Cowboys (60)

3rd round — Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, San Francisco 49ers (66)

4th round — Tedric Thompson, S, Seattle Seahawks (111)

7th round — Jordan Carrell, DT, Dallas Cowboys (246)

2016

No selections

2015

No selections

2014

2nd round — Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks (45)

2013

4th round — David Bakhtiari, OT, Green Bay Packers (109)

6th round — Nick Kasa, TE, Oakland Raiders (172)

2012

5th round — Ryan Miller, OG, Cleveland Browns (160)

7th round — Tony Clemons, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (231)

2011

1st round — Nate Solder, OT, New England Patriots (17)

1st round — Jimmy Smith, CB, Baltimore Ravens (27)

4th round — Jalil Brown, CB, Kansas City Chiefs (118)

7th round — Scotty McKnight, WR, N.Y. Jets (227)

2010

No selections

2009

7th round — Brad Jones, LB, Green Bay Packers (218)

2008

2nd round — Jordon Dizon, LB, Detroit Lions (45)

2nd round — Terrence Wheatley, CB, New England Patriots (62)