Three players from Colorado universities were drafted in the 2014 NFL draft.
CSU’s Weston Richburg (C) was chosen by the New York Giants with the 43rd overall pick in Round 2. He was the first center selected in the draft. Richburg will back-up or possibly compete with former Bronco J.D. Walton for the starting center job with the Giants. He started 50 games during his time at Colorado State and had a strong performance at the Senior Bowl.
CU’s Paul Richardson (WR) was chosen by the Seattle Seahawks with the 45th overall pick also in Round 2. Known mostly for his speed Richardson told the Denver Post in Jan that he hopes to do punt and kick returns in the NFL even though he only returned one punt for the Buffs. Certainly the Seahawks like players with speed and Richardson will likely serve as a backup to Percy Harvin. As the Seahawks traded their only 1st round pick, Richardson was the first player the Seahawks selected in the 2014 draft.
Richardson was quickly welcomed to the team by Seahawks QB Russell Wilson:
CSU’s Crockett Gillmore (TE) was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens with the 99th overall pick in Round 3. Gillmore was well respected by his coaches at CSU but was not expected to go before the 5th or 6th round of the draft. BaltimoreRavens.com noted in April that the Ravens would likely draft a tight end for depth to join Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels.
Daniels is on a one-year contract and new Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak has a history of using multiple tight end sets in his offense. The Ravens could likely use the draft to add depth and possibly find a long-term answer at the position.
Congratulations to all three players for being drafted!
Update: According to CSU Football’s twitter account three undrafted former CSU players will soon be heading to the Broncos.