The NFL Draft has come and gone and, unfortunately, no members of the 2022 Colorado Buffaloes were selected during the festivities.

That said, some players that formerly played for the CU Buffs managed to hear their name called.

Christian Gonzalez and Mekhi Blackmon, who spent a combined six seasons in black and gold before transferring out of Boulder ahead of the 2022 season, were selected with the 17th and 102nd overall picks, respectively.

Despite a surprising fall out of the top 10, Gonzalez was still comfortably the highest-drafted former member of the Colorado Buffaloes, and will get to refine his immense physical talents under Bill Belichick — arguably the best developer of defensive backfield talent in the entire NFL.

Meanwhile, Blackmon had to wait all the way until the very end of Day 2 of the NFL Draft to hear his name called, but at the bottom of the third round, the Minnesota Vikings selected him. Blackmon is currently projected to be Minnesota’s first cornerback off the bench, which should give him some time to develop, but don’t be surprised if he competes for a starting spot in the lineup.

Now, although they didn’t have any players selected during the seven rounds of the draft, the 2022 Colorado Buffaloes did have four members who signed as undrafted college free agents with NFL clubs.

Brady Russell, Colorado’s gifted tight end and the face of the CU Buffs over the past couple of seasons, is signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he’ll join a talented tight end room that also includes Dallas Goedert.

Daniel Arias III, a receiver with high-end physical tools, is set to join the rebuilding Arizona Cardinals, where he’ll hopefully be catching passes from Kyler Murray once Murray returns from injury.

Terrance Lang is headed to play for the Los Angeles Chargers, where he’ll get to learn from Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack about how to best torment the opposing quarterback.

Finally, Guy Thomas has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts, where he’ll join one of the league’s best defensive fronts.

It wouldn’t be surprising if some of these players made waves and ultimately pushed for spots on their team’s practice squads or final rosters. They probably weren’t set up the best for success playing on the Colorado Buffaloes’ 2022 squad, and could easily pop now that they’re surrounded by more talent.