David Bakhtiari: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Colorado OT

Alessandro Miglio@@AlexMiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

David Bakhtiari: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Colorado OT

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    One of the draft's risers comes out of Colorado.

    David Bakhtiari has become a hot name in the draftnik community, to the point where he is widely believed to be a second-round pick. 

    Wherever he goes, here are five things you should know about him. 

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of sports-reference.com.


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    Full Name: David Afrisiab Bakhtiari

    Birthday: September 30, 1991

    Hometown: Burlingame, California

    School: Colorado

    Major: Communication

    Year: Junior (redshirt)

    Twitter: @DBak59

    Bakhtiari was a standout at San Mateo Junípera Serra, earning all sorts accolades heading into his college career. His hair is currently giving Shaun White's a run for its money.

Collegiate Stats

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    Statistics are difficult to come by for a left tackle.

    The Colorado Buffaloes are not exactly known for a fantastic offense, however. The team allowed the second-most sacks per game in FBS last season, not exactly a ringing endorsement for that offensive line.

    Colorado was average on the ground as well, running the ball at a 4.4 yards-per-carry-clip last season.

Draft Process

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 299 lbs

    Arm Length: 34"

    Hand Size: 9 1/2"

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 5.09 seconds

    225-pound bench press reps: 28

    Broad jump: 101.0" 

    Vertical jump: 25.5" 

    20-yard shuttle: 4.4 seconds 

    Three-cone drill: 7.07 seconds 

    Bakhtiari had an above-average performance at the combine, even if he wasn't technically a top performer at his position. He let his results stand at Colorado's pro day.

    The most intriguing measurement to come out of his combine experience was his weight—Bakhtiari weighed in at 299 pounds, the lightest among his peers. Is this too light for the next level?

Brotherly Foosteps

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    David Bakhtiari is following in the footsteps of his older brother Eric to the NFL.

    The younger hopes to have a better career than the elder, who has had a nomadic professional career. Eric signed with the Chargers, not far from his college experience at San Diego. He went on to play with the 49ers, Titans and Dolphins, but he is currently not with a team. 

    His younger brother won't have to wait nearly that long to learn his fate coming out of college, as he is expected to be a mid-round draft pick.


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    It will be interesting to see where Bakhtiari goes, given the rise of the offensive lineman in this year's draft. Here is what Twitter has to say about the Shaun White lookalike:

    David Bakhtiari intrigues me. Searching for Left Tackles. Length & Athleticism. Could fit in zone scheme. Might surprise how high he goes.

    — NFL_Draft_Insider (@NFLDraftBites) April 19, 2013

    Today I'm studying Colorado LT David Bakhtiari. Basically, I cannot believe this prospect is not more highly rated. Special in many ways.

    — Alex Dunlap (@AlexDunlapNFL) April 16, 2013

    Some interesting notes coming from the combine today: Lightest OL was 299 lbs. That was Colorado OT David Bakhtiari

    — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 21, 2013

    This year's Mitchell Schwartz. RT @darrenpage15: Get on the Bakhtiari bandwagon before it's too late folks.Second day pick. #NFLDraft

    — Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) April 22, 2013

    Mayock also noted he thinks Bakhtiari can be a second-round pick and a starter at LT. I prefer him at G but intriguing player.

    — Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) April 17, 2013