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NFL Draft: Present And Future CU Picks

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Will Pericak, a run-clogging defensive lineman, is among a trio of former Buffs to sign free agent contracts. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Will Pericak, a run-clogging defensive lineman, is among a trio of former Buffs to sign free agent contracts. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.

RAY POLK, DB

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Ray Polk might have a ways to go and Pro Bowl players to leap over before summiting the Seahawks’ depth chart, but that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t a spot on Seattle’s roster for the former CU Buff.

The strong safety inked free-agent deal this week to join the Seattle Seahawks. He slips into fourth on the ‘Hawks’ depth chart — behind Kam Chancellor, who also signed a new contract this week for $28 million through 2017.

The former Buffs’ co-captain, however, is versatile and spent time on CU’s special teams units both defensively and as a kick returner.

WILL PERICAK, DL

BALTIMORE RAVENS

They don’t come more durable than Will Pericak. The Baltimore Ravens signed the former Colorado defensive lineman to a free agent contract after the draft.

The defending Super Bowl champs get a run-stopper who started every game of his CU career (49 games), a program record.

The All-Pac-12 honorable mention honoree, who finished his career in Boulder with 207 tackles, provides depth for a Ravens squad that is already three-deep at the left defensive end position.

DOUG RIPPY, ILB

DENVER BRONCOS

Doug Rippy might call Columbus, Ohio, his hometown, but the state of Colorado isn’t ready to let him leave quite yet. And from the sound of it, Rippy isn’t ready to leave, either.

“It still have not hit me yet! This has always been a dream of mine… I can’t thank God enough just for the opportunity he blessed me with!,” tweeted Rippy after signing a deal shortly after the draft to play for the Denver Broncos.

“#BroncosCountry have the best fans! So does #BuffNation it must be a Colorado thing!”

Rippy sits at third on the Broncos’ depth chart, but isn’t that far off from possibly making an impact. He’ll fit onto the roster behind Nate Irving, who hasn’t quite nailed down the starting role yet, and Steven Johnson, a fellow undrafted free agent signing such as Rippy, who will vie for the starting role. 

As long as his pesky knee stays healthy, there’s no reason why Rippy won’t at least get a shot to play in Denver.