Sept. 22, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman David Bakhtiari (59) and offensive lineman Alex Lewis (71) celebrate a touchdown against the Washington State Cougars during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Buffaloes Lose OL David Bakhtiari To 2013 NFL Draft

Colorado Buffaloes offensive lineman David Bakhtiari has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. The three-year starter may not be a house hold name to NFL Draft fans, but he will become an interesting prospect as the draft season progresses.

Bakhtiari stands 6-foot-4, 295-pound and was a two-time All-Pac 12 selection. Despite playing tackle at the college level, Bakhtiari could best project as an interior lineman.

He says the draft evaluation that came back from the NFL advisory committee was in the second and third-round range.

“I woke up (Monday) and decided this is what I want to do. I’ve been contemplating this for a long time,” Bakhtiari said in a statement.

“It didn’t have anything to do with Jon Embree being fired. I had always intended to see where the NFL was going (to) position me after I submitted myself for the review. I also received some good feedback from (former offensive line coach) Steve Marshall and Coach Embree who spoke with several of their contacts around the league and they thought I might even go a little bit higher, and that helped, too.

“I loved my time at CU. In my career I would have had three head coaches and four O-line coaches if I stayed for (my) senior year, and I could have dealt with that. It came down to what we (he and his family) believe is the best decision for me.”

Colorado is coming off the worst season in school history and losing Bakhtiari will not help the Buffaloes in their rebuilding process.

You can stay up to date with the latest underclassmen declarations with our 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen Declarations Tracker.

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