Photo of David Bakhtiari
Grade
70.5 ?
  • 5.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 101.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 299LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

A self described "gym rat," Bakhtiari (pronounced Bock-T-are-E) surprised many when he declared for April's NFL draft after the Buffs finished the year 1-11. He comes from a long list of athletes, with Bakhtiari's older brother, Eric, just being waived after the new year for kicker Billy Cundiff. David previously said he wanted to return to California after graduation to work with and eventually take over his father's (Karl) real estate business, but the NFL obviously takes precedent.



After redshirting in 2009, Bakhtiari started 11 of 12 games in 2010 at right tackle with future first-round pick Nate Solder manning the left side. With Solder's departure prior tot he 2011 season, Bakhtiari then moved to the blind side and started 11 contests there and earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors for his play. In 2012, stayed entrenched at left tackle and started all 12 games this past season. In his announcement declaring for April's draft, Bakhtiari said he received a second- or third-round evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Analysis

Strengths

Consistent low posture and first contact through his hands is there. Strong grip and latch to control when obtained. Frequently limits inside moves and very aware of slowed footwork when opponent is setting up a second move. He drives forward in these situations, specifically with the inside armbar to cut off the shorter path. Flashes a mean attitude to finish off plays, takes opponents down that have lost their balance. Can really get after it, an attacker rather than passive blocker. Brings the club with one hand when wanting to release in space on screen plays. Doesn't wait on blocks at the second level, on the offensive and seeks out contact. If uncovered he always helps inside in pass protection and delivers a nice punch.

Weaknesses

Not an ideal build for an offensive lineman, thin in the arms. Many difficulties arise form pass blocking on an island. Beaten around the edge without slowing the rusher down and can lose face up against stiff contact due to not having the ability to stop backwards momentum. Move to guard is likely in his future. Deep drop steps aren't natural and stiff contact jolts him mid-stride. Loses on counter moves, thrown to the side when top heavy or leaning too far over, specifically when run blocking. Whiffs on cut blocks.

NFL Comparison

Will Rackley

Bottom Line

With football bloodlines, Bakhtiari should have always had his sights set on the NFL, but he will be there sooner than many expected. Despite playing his entire career on the edge at tackle, expect the Colorado product to move inside in the NFL. He needs to gain weight as to not get jolted on first contact, but Bakhtiari possesses a mean attitude to finish off blocks and could be a late second-day selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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