Colorado Football: Wells and Landman set to prove how great undrafted free-agents can be

The Colorado Buffaloes did not have a tremendous Draft Day in 2022. For the first time since 2016 nobody out of Boulder had their names spoken. While the Buffs were shut out Nate Landman was the first one to start his NFL journey. He signed on to a free-agent opportunity with the Atlanta Falcons.

Landman was awarded All-Pac-12 honors four times. He is tied for fifth all time in Colorado for tackles with 409. As well as ranking second all time in assisted tackles with 285. He put on a show at the NFL combine. The 4 year starter was the only Buffalo to be invited to the combine. In his first attempt he ran the 40-yard dash with an unofficial time of 4.85 seconds. Followed by 20-yard split was 2.82 and his 10-yard split was 1.69 seconds. In the broad jump he came in soaring for 9’11”, and in vertical he jumped for 36.5 inches. It’s a shock he wasn’t drafted but the Falcons are going to see big things from this guy.

Another high prospect out of Boulder was Carson Wells. Along with Landman he was expected to be a late round pick. That did not happen. After seven rounds had past Carson still had no doubt in himself to get to the NFL. He later signed to a free agency deal with the AFC Champions and Super Bowl participants the Cincinnati Bengals. Where he will join former forever Buff Chidobe Awuzie. The Bengals have already made great moves to give star quarterback Joe Burrows more security this upcoming season. Wells couldn’t have picked a better team to add to the glory.

Both Nate Landman and Carson Wells were also given invites to this years Shrine Bowl, but it was Wells who shined. He had some big stops for the West and proved what an impact he can be on opposing teams scoring situations.

Wells has been one of the best edge rushers in CU history. He led the nation in tackles for loss two years ago. His tenacious output will surely fit well in Cincinnati and add to an already great defense.

There are many successful former Buffs throughout the NFL. 10 of them were undrafted and still preforming unbelievably well as well as huge assets to their teams. Wells and Landman are looking to broaden that statistic. They were a formidable duo together for Colorado. Now they look to shine solo in the AFC and NFC.