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Former University of Colorado defensive back, ChidobeAwuzie, goes through coverage drills for NFL scouts. Former University of Colorado football players showed their skills to NFL scouts on March 8.

Former CU defensive back Chidobe Awuzie has been invited to attend the NFL draft later this month, a good indication that he could hear his name called early.

“Chido has earned the deserves the right to be able to go to the draft and be a first-round pick, because I definitely think he is a first-round pick,” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre told

CU’s most recent first-round picks were Nate Solder and Jimmy Smith in 2011. The Buffs haven’t had any players drafted since 2014. This year’s draft will be held April 27-29.