4 best NFL hidden draft gems in Colorado football history

The Colorado Buffaloes won't have any players selected early in the 2024 NFL Draft, but maybe an undrafted player will be another hidden gem uncovered by the NFL.
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69)
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) / Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal
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2013. Round 4 Pick 109. David Bakhtiari. player. 49. David Bakhtiari. . David Bakhtiari. . 2

The Green Bay Packers have had quite a bit of success drafting Colorado Buffaloes late in the NFL Draft. Over the past three seasons, David Bakhtiari has only played 13 total games due to nagging injuries, but he was a steal when he started all 16 as a rookie on Aaron Rodgers’s blindside. 

Bakhtiari quickly became a mainstay on Green Bay’s offensive line, playing 46 games over his first three seasons, and in Year 4, he played all 16 and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time. From 2016-2020, Bakhtiari was named either first or second-team All-Pro every season. 

Injuries have robbed him of longevity, but Bakhtiari was one of the best offensive tackles of the 2010s and despite never winning a championship, a beloved Green Bay Packer.