Although the 2017 NFL Draft is over, several Front Range players will still have the chance to make an NFL roster as college free agents. Here’s a quick look a few local players who signed with various teams around the league. Unlike their drafted counterparts, CFAs can sign with any team they choose.
Kevin Davis (Colorado State), Los Angeles Rams
As the team’s leading tackler each of the past two seasons, Davis finished his CSU career with 257 tackles, 7.0 sacks and was part of eight career turnovers. As a senior in 2016, the All-Mountain West linebacker was one of three FBS players nationally with 100-plus tackles, 3.0-plus sacks and at least one interception, fumble recovery and forced fumble. The Fountain-Fort Carson native was part of six turnovers, including four forced fumbles (14th in FBS). His 8.5 tackles-per-game average ranked eighth in the MW, led by 19 stops vs. Colorado – the most by a MW defender in 2016.
Tanner Gentry (Wyoming), Chicago Bears
A Grandview High School graduate, the wide receiver enjoyed a nice career at Wyoming. In four seasons, he amassed 2,815 receiving yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. At 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, Gentry is a strong, durable receiver with the ability to easily make jaw-dropping. His 38-inch vertical leap also allows him to sky over corners for the jump ball.
Jimmie Gilbert (Colorado), San Francisco 49ers
A linebacker from the University of Colorado, Gilbert played in every game during his four years in Boulder, and didn’t disappoint. Gilbert is tied for sixth all-time at Colorado in quarterback sacks with 20, and showed his ability to create turnovers with nine forced fumbles, tied for third-most in school history. An Associated Press All-America third-team outside linebacker selection in 2016, Gilbert puts his lengthy, 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame to good use, as he effectively sets the edge and uses his extreme flexibility to easily get around blockers.
Sefo Liufau (Colorado), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Perhaps the most important piece behind the University of Colorado’s immense success last season, Sefo Liufau is as competitive as they get. A big guy at 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds, he can take the physical demands and beatings an NFL quarterbacks endures. A four-year starter at CU, Liufau is a natural leader and has excellent mobility to go along with top-notch toughness. His deep ball is getting there, and his accuracy is another added benefit.
Kenneth Olugbode (Colorado), Cleveland Browns
Although he is undersized at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Olugbode is a smart, efficient inside linebacker who finished his career 16th all-time on the University of Colorado’s all-time tackles list with 299. With 36 career starts, Olugbode brings plenty of experience, and his athleticism makes him a viable option in pass coverage as well as a run-stopper.
Kyle Sloter (Northern Colorado), Denver Broncos
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback definitely looks the part. He can also back that up with some big-time throws. After three seasons at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he saw limited action, he transferred to the University of Northern Colorado and had a stellar 2016 season. With 2,665 yards passing and 29 passing touchdowns, he was named an honorable mention Big Sky all-conference selection. Sloter’s quick feet and ability to zip the ball into tight spaces make him an ideal option at the position.
Josh Tupou (Colorado), Cincinnati Bengals
At 6-foot-3 and 325 pounds, Tupou is a load at the nose tackle position for centers to handle. He had an up-and-down career at the University of Colorado, ranging from being selected honorable mention Freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com in 2012 to being suspended his entire 2015 season due to a violation of team rules. Regardless, he came back strong in 2016, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors, displaying his brute strength and ability to take up a lot of space.