Each, however, possesses the size, talent and success against high-caliber competition to warrant their respective decisions.
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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.
"I've been contemplating this for a long time," Bakhtiari said in the official school release. "It didn't have anything to do with Jon Embree [former Colorado head coach] being fired. I had always intended to see where the NFL was going to position me after I submitted myself for the review ... The evaluation came back and had me in the second- to third-round range for a pick, but I also received some good feedback from Steve Marshall [Colorado offensive line coach] and Coach Embree, who spoke with several of their contacts around the league, and they thought I might even go a little bit higher, and that helped, too."