Waiting game

The NFL Draft used to an exciting weekend for the Colorado football program and its fans, but there have been only five Buffs picked in the past three years and no more than two Buffs are likely to be picked this year, if they are picked at all.

Former CU tight end Riar Geer and former defensive back Ben Burney are waiting patiently by the phone hoping they will be selected in the second or third rounds today or in the final four rounds Saturday.

Burney might be the most likely Buff to be picked this year after a solid pro timing day in early March in Boulder. He ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash that day and was solid in most of the other drills and lifts he was asked to do.

Burney is a versatile player who did well during his career at both safety and cornerback. He has an NFL pedigree. His father is the defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins.

Geer is being looked at as both a tight end and fullback by teams and could be picked in the later rounds. He is a good receiver and a decent blocker, but lacks the speed and athletic ability of some of the elite tight ends in the NFL.

Both players are likely to sign as free agents after the draft if they aren't selected. Several of their former teammates have made NFL teams in recent years as undrafted free agents, such as Tyler Polumbus and Patrick Williams.

Between 1991 and 2006, the Colorado program usually had at least four players picked in most years. Some of those players became stars in the NFL just as they were in college.

The best draft year for CU players probably came in 1995 when 10 Buffs were selected, including seven in the first 100 picks.