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Taking a closer look at Colorado WR Xavier Weaver’s NFL draft stock

The Colorado Buffaloes had a talented group of wide receivers in their first season under head coach Deion Sanders. Still, the team must find a new leading receiver, as Xavier Weaver has declared for the 2024 NFL draft.

Weaver spent one year in Boulder after transferring from the University of South Florida. He made the most out of his opportunities at CU, establishing himself as a go-to receiver for quarterback Shedeur Sanders.

After announcing his NFL draft intentions in January, Weaver was recently invited to the NFL scouting combine, which begins Monday in Indianapolis.

Take a closer look at what Weaver would bring to an NFL team:

Biography

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 180 pounds

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Production

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Between his time at USF and CU, Weaver played in 49 games, grabbing 184 passes for 2,643 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added five carries for 23 yards and three touchdowns. In 2023, Weaver set career-highs in catches (68) and receiving yards (908).

Weaver has also flashed some potential in the punt return game. He returned a punt 51 yards last season and recorded a 45-yarder while at USF.

Strengths

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Weaver is a fantastic route runner who’s able to run the entire tree and has enough in-line speed to get open at every level. When he gets a good burst off the line, Weaver can run past defenders and is an excellent deep threat. He tracks the ball in the air well and can make a play while gaining separation to gain yardage after the catch.

Weaknesses

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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Weaver has good speed but not great. I would also like to see him add size to his frame, which would help him deal with hits in the NFL. He will be dealing with less space in the NFL and must prove that he’s able to consistently come down with the contested balls.

Projected draft position

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Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Right now, I see Weaver as a late-round pick unless he enjoys a strong scouting combine. Given the strength of this year’s draft class, it will be vital for him to test well because a misstep could have him sliding out of the draft. If that happens, Weaver will still be a sought-after commodity on the undrafted free agent market.

Further reading

READ: Projecting Colorado’s 10 highest-rated players in EA Sports College Football 25

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