03/28/2013 - 2013 Colorado Pro Day: Despite 1-11 season, Buffaloes boast NFL prospects...Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Colorado on March 13, where eight players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. David Bakhtiari, OT (6-foot-4 1/2, 303 pounds) - Bakhtiari stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just did position drills. The Cincinnati Bengals had an assistant offensive line coach on hand to work Bakhtiari out. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/21/2013 - With just four wins the past two seasons, Colorado doesn't have many top-echelon talents in this year's draft class. But David Bakhtiari is an underclassman who stood out on the offensive line for the Buffs and is regarded as one of the more versatile blockers in this draft. "I've had guys tell me I'm suited for left tackle and teams have even told me they'd like me to be an athletic center," Bakhtiari said. "I'd just like to play, come Sunday, I just want to play, whether that's tackle, guard, center or extra tight end."
Bakhtiari added that he's never taken a snap at center, but does have experience playing guard. He has lined up at left tackle the past two seasons and at 6-4 and 299 pounds, he was the lightest offensive lineman during the weigh-in portion of the Combine. Colorado has had an offensive lineman drafted each of the past two years (Nate Solder, Ryan Miller) and Bakhtiari hopes to extend that streak to the 2013 NFL Draft. He said he wants to stay at left tackle, but that his ability to move around the offensive line will help at the next level. "I feel like I can play any position." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: With scouts having seen most of the top prospects "on the hoof" over the fall and getting a second look at them on the "catwalk" prior to senior all-star games, the official measuring of heights, weight, hand and arms conducted during the Combine is only occasionally newsworthy ... except when it comes to underclassmen, whom scouts often haven't seen up close yet. As such Colorado's David Bakhtiari and LSU's Faulk have a lot riding on how they measure up in Indianapolis.
Bahtktiari was listed by Colorado at 6-4, 295 pounds. By today's standards, that's light for an NFL offensive lineman, and some scouts wonder if he has the arm length and balance to handle remaining outside. If moved inside, Bahktiari might have to add mass, especially in his lower body to be able to anchor against today's massive defensive tackles. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - For very different reasons, Colorado left tackle David Bakhtiari and LSU left tackle Chris Faulk are among the more surprising underclassmen to declare early for the NFL Draft. Each, however, possesses the size, talent and success against high-caliber competition to warrant their respective decisions.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Bakhtiari had established himself as one of the Pac-12's most physical and consistent offensive linemen over his three seasons at tackle for the Buffs. He started as a true freshman at right tackle before replacing 2011 first-round pick Nate Solder (New England Patriots) at left tackle as a sophomore. Although the lack of talent around him contributed to Colorado's recent struggles, Bakhtiari has been a relative bright spot, earning second-team all-conference honors each of the past two years and the No. 8 spot in NFLDraftScout.com's early rankings of the 2014 offensive tackle class.
Although Bakhtiari may have been a surprise to leave school early because of the struggles of his team and his own relative lack of hype, Faulk's reported early exit from the LSU Tigers is surprising because the supremely gifted left tackle is coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2012 season after just one game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/08/2013 - Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari has decided to enter the NFL draft. The junior says the move has nothing to do with the dismissal of former coach Jon Embree following a 1-11 season. New Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre says the Buffaloes would've loved to have Bakhtiari around next season but will fully support him. Bakhtiari started 33 games over three seasons at Colorado, including 11 games last season at left tackle. He announced his decision on Tuesday. - AP Sports
11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND-TEAM: OL David Bakhtiari, Jr., Colorado...has been selected Second Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. - Colorado football
10/11/2012 - Colorado will see if it is ready for prime time. The Buffaloes come off a bye week to host Arizona State Thursday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN. At 1-4, Colorado is off to a rough start, but optimistic it can get the season turned around beginning in front of a large national audience against the Sun Devils. "Personally for me, I've been through a lot of this stuff, and I'm on to the next week," Colorado offensive lineman David Bakhtiari said. "I'm on to Arizona State. I'm going to start looking at film and getting ready for that." Colorado will have had 11 days off since a 42-14 loss to UCLA when it hosts Arizona State. "We will keep moving forward, we are disappointed in how we played," tight end Nick Kasa said. The Buffaloes felt that they were just a couple plays away from staying close to the Bruins and hope the bye week provided a boost to the offense. "It was missed opportunities," Bakhtiari said. "When you come out, you've got to execute. Our biggest thing is that you just have to do your job. I don't care about plays going far -- I just want four yards. All the coach asks for is four yards every play. Every time he calls a play, he wants four yards." Colorado is hoping to regain the confidence it gained from rallying for a 35-34 win at Washington State the week before the loss to UCLA. "I'm not disappointed in our guys at all," senior wide receiver Dustin Ebner said. "We've just got to make the plays that we know we can make." - The Sports Xchange
08/09/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: With newcomers starting at quarterback, running back and receiver, the Buffs will need to count on a solid offensive line. Junior left tackle David Bakhtiari started 11 games last year to give him 22 career starts. Senior right guard Ryan Dannewitz started 11 games last year while junior center Gus Handler started 10 games. Left guard Alexander Lewis and center Daniel Munyer, who could be moved to guard, both started three games last season. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're shooting for the top. Everyone wants to aim for the top dog and that's who we want to pinpoint as being our rival. We're going to try to beat all of them." Junior offensive lineman David Bakhtiari. - The Sports Xchange
07/20/2012 - Top-five Colorado prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. OT David Bakhtiari...While the Buffs haven't been the consistent producer of NFL talent like some of their former Big 12 or current Pac-12 foes, one area in which they've routinely developed prospects is along the offensive line. Though only entering his redshirt junior season, Bakhtiari (pronounced Bock-T-are-E) has already established himself as a legitimate NFL-caliber talent, following in the footsteps of Nate Solder (New England Patriots) and Ryan Miller (Cleveland Browns), former Colorado standouts selected in the first and fifth rounds of the 2011 and 2012 drafts, respectively. After redshirting in 2009, Bakhtiari was thrown into the fire at right tackle in 2010, starting 11 games (playing in all 12) and earning honorable mention all-conference honors from the AP. This past season he made the switch to left tackle and was recognized as a second team all-conference performer. He's allowed only three sacks in his first two seasons of action and flashes the initial quickness, balance and upper body strength to control opponents. Eric Bakhtiari, David's only brother, was a standout defensive lineman at San Diego State and currently is on the San Francisco 49ers' roster. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Colorado has never had a player win the Lombardi, but Bryan Stoltenberg was close, as he was one of 10 semifinalists in 1995. Head coaches from all Division I schools, sports media personnel and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award vote on the trophy, which will be presented on Dec. 5 in Houston, Texas. Bakhtiari was injured in the first contest last year after just seven plays but missed just two games. After he came back in the Ohio State game, he played in all 623 of the remaining offensive plays over the last 10 games of the season, grading out to 84.4 percent. He had 21 great effort blocks, two touchdown blocks, and gave up just two sacks and three quarterback pressures while committing just one penalty all season long. His best game was his initial return against Ohio State where he graded out at over 90 percent. - Colorado football
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: David Bakhtiari, Colorado, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Bakhtiari was injured in the first contest last year after just seven plays but missed just two games. After he came back in the Ohio State game, he played in all 623 of the remaining offensive plays over the last 10 games of the season, grading out to 84.4 percent. He had 21 great effort blocks, two touchdown blocks, and gave up just two sacks and three quarterback pressures while committing just one penalty all season long. His best game was his initial return against Ohio State where he graded out at over 90 percent. - Colorado football
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