5 biggest NFL draft busts in Colorado football history

Colorado only has one draft prospect at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine and hasn't produced a first-round pick since 2011. These former Buffaloes first-rounders didn't help the program's reputation with their disappointing NFL careers.
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Bobby Anderson. 1970. . No. 11 overall. Bobby Anderson, RB. Bobby Anderson, RB. 3. 45. . player

Bobby Anderson was an All-American quarterback at Colorado, though he didn’t throw the ball very much. In 1968 he did pass for 1,341 yards while rushing for 788, but in his final season, Anderson completed just 13 passes for 124 yards and ran for 967 and 18 touchdowns. 

Anderson wisely converted to running back in the NFL after the Broncos selected him 11th overall in the 1970 NFL Draft, but he struggled once in the league. As a rookie, Anderson played 14 games, but only rushed the ball 83 times for 368 yards. 

For the 1971 season, Anderson made another position change, this time to fullback and he posted a career high with 533 yards but needed 139 carries (3.8 ypa) and scored just three touchdowns. Anderson never eclipsed 500 yards again and after his fourth season in Denver, he split time between New England and Washington for the 1975 campaign, his last in professional football.