DAVID AFRISIAB BAKHTIARI

Offensive Tackle

University of Colorado Buffaloes

#59

6:04.2-299

Burlingame, California

Junipero Serra High School

 

OVERVIEW

It appears that Bakhtiari (pronounced Bock-T-are-E) has put his Communications major to good use, as he was selected by the team’s beat media as the Buffaloes “Best Interview.” One of the most respected players in the locker room, the athlete comes from a family that featured two other brothers who played on the line during their careers, just on the opposite side of the ball.

 

An older brother, Andrew, was a reserve rush end at the University of San Diego from 2008-11. Another brother, Eric, also attended USD and played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans (2009) and San Francisco 49ers (2012). Eric was the only player below the major college ranks to be name a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award (2007), given to the top defensive end in college football. He is a three-time All-American and holds the school game, season and career quarterback sacks records. Their uncle, Dan Jackson, was a quarterback at the University of California.

 

Bakhtiari is one of the few bright spots for a Colorado program that has come on hard times in recent years. Another coaching change at the end of his third season in the lineup prompted the left offensive tackle to leave school early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.

While the Buffs haven’t been the consistent producer of National Football League  talent like some of their former Big Twelve Conference or current Pac-12 Conference foes, one area in which they’ve routinely developed prospects is along the offensive line.

 

Bakhtiari has established himself as a legitimate NFL-caliber talent, following in the footsteps of Nate Solder (New England Patriots) and Ryan Miller (Cleveland Browns), former Colorado standouts selected in the first and fifth rounds of the 2011 and 2012 drafts, respectively. With three years of starting experience under his belt, the junior is well-versed in the pro-set offense, along with the spread formation.

 

What Bakhtiari offers a professional team is a well-built athlete with a tireless work ethic, one that his coaches call a “gym rat” that usually has to be chased out of the training room late at night. It was common on campus for the offensive lineman to “lock up the facility,” as the coaches would simply hand him the keys, tell him to “turn the lights out” and they would then head home hours before Bakhtiari would.

 

Bakhtiari has outstanding balance to attack second level defenders as a cut blocker for the ground game. He uses his long arms with force and to keep defenders from latching on to his jersey. With his timed speed and quickness, he generates and explosive retreat step and kick slide to get back and mirror edge rushers while protecting the pocket. He gets good depth in his pass protection drop-back and when uncovered he consistently works well in combination with his guards to assist in-line in pass protection, where he is known for his ability to delivers a punishing punch.

 

With his thick legs and ankles, Bakhtiari firmly anchors vs. the bull rushers. He maintains a low pad level and quick thrust to get his hands up while driving into his opponent. He is so explosive coming out of his stance, that if the defender does not act in an instant, his blocking assignment is easily turned and sealed off by the left tackle.

 

On the move, Bakhtiari demonstrates very good weight distribution. Rather than lunge and leave his feet when stalking second level opponents, he is savvy enough to wait and allow the opponent to reach him and once engaged, his punch will generally win the one-on-one battles.

 

Bakhtiari plays with good aggression, as he is a classic contact seeker in the mold of a former Colorado All-American, Chris Naeole, who was the last offensive guard to ever be selected in the top ten picks of the NFL Draft (selected tenth by New Orleans in 1997). Much like the former Saint, Bakhtiari likes to use his long reach to lock on and steer defenders wide. He keeps his hands very active to defeat cross-face moves in pass protection and he has good hip snap and knee bend to fire low and take his opponent down.

 

Before he played college ball, Bakhtiari lettered twice in football at Junipero Serra High School, the same institution where his two older brothers attended. He was named honor-able mention All-Western Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), All-Metro (Bay Area) and All-San Mateo County as a senior, when the team finished 8-4 under head coach Patrick Walsh and won the WCAL championship while making it to the state semifinals.

 

Bakhtiari was honored by the Bay Area News Group as a member of the 2008 Cream of the Crop team among senior football players, ranking eighth out of the 25 players from northern California selected on college potential after a survey of college coaches. His senior season was his first as a starter on the football field at any level.

 

Bakhtiari’s most memorable games include vs. Sacred Heart, when he held highly touted senior Kevin Greene to no sacks and just a pair of tackles in a 42-14 victory. In the De La Salle clash, when Junipero Serra lost 29-28 to one of the top teams in the state, Gilroy High, he registered eight pancake blocks.

 

Bakhtiari also lettered twice in lacrosse as a sophomore and junior, winning the Lock Down award as the team’s top hitter. He captained the squad as a sophomore and played that sport since the seventh grade, but Junipero Serra High only added the sport his sophomore year.

 

After redshirting in 2009 at the University of Colorado, Bakhtiari was thrown into the fire at right tackle in 2010, starting eleven games while playing in all twelve. He earned All-Big Twelve Conference honorable mention from the Associated Press after producing an 89.8% grade for blocking consistency, the second-best mark on the team, behind Nate Solder (94.3%).

 

In 2011, Bakhtiari took over Solder’s vacant left offensive tackle spot and was recognized as a second-team All-Pac 12 Conference performer. He was also named to the College Football News Sophomore All-American squad. He suffered a severe knee sprain on the seventh play of the season opener vs. Hawaii that would sideline him for the Buffs’ next two games before returning to the lineup for the rest of the schedule. He again finished second on the team with an 84.4% blocking consistency grade.

 

While Colorado struggled through yet another poor season in 2012, which ultimately led to the firing of head coach Jon Embree, Bakhtiari again was a bright spot with second-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors. He led the conference offensive tackles with 94 knock-downs, despite playing for a team that ranked 116th in the nation and last in the Pac-12 with an average of 302.75 yards per game in total offense.

Shortly after the school announced that Embree was dismissed, Bakhtiari followed with an announcement, telling the new coaching staff that he was entering the 2013 draft rather than return to school for his senior season. “I’ve been contemplating this for a long time,” Bakhtiari said. “It didn’t have anything to do with Jon Embree [former Colorado head coach] being fired. I had always intended to see where the NFL was going to position me after I submitted myself for the review.”

 

“The evaluation came back and had me in the second- to third-round range for a pick, but I also received some good feedback from Steve Marshall [Colorado offensive line coach] and Coach Embree, who spoke with several of their contacts around the league, and they thought I might even go a little bit higher, and that helped, too.”

 

CAREER NOTES

Bakhtiari played in 34 games at Colorado, starting 33 contests – 22 at left offensive tackle and eleven at right tackle…He closed out his career with an 88.00% grade for blocking consistency, the best for any active offensive tackle in the Pac-12 Conference, as he also registered 255 knockdowns as a starter, an average of 7.73 per game…Also produced 27 touchdown-resulting blocks for the running corps.

 

2012 SEASON

All-American Super Sleeper second-team selection and All-Pac 12 Conference first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report…For the second consecutive season, he received second-team All-Pac 12 Conference recognition from the league’s coaches…Selected by the Colorado chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame All-Colorado team…

Preseason member on the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award…Co-recipient of the John Mack Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player and was named the squad’s “Best Interview” by the media covering the team…Started eleven games at the demanding left offensive tackle position, sitting out the Oregon State clash with a slight knee sprain…Led the team with a blocking consistency grade of 89.8%, as he recorded 94 knockdowns with ten touchdown-resulting blocks…Produced 655 “plus” plays out 729 total, as he was second on the team in “will-breaker” blocks with 41 (similar to pancakes, but tougher to earn)…Allowed just 2.5 quarterback sacks and only one QB pressure, while the team ranked 119th in the nation (out of 120 teams) in sacks allowed (50 for minus 321 yards)…Credited with 36 downfield blocks and graded out above 80% in all eleven games he appeared in, with a season-best of 92.5% vs. Washington State.

 

2011 SEASON

Bakhtiari earned All-Pac 12 Conference second-team honors from the league’s coaches during the Buffs’ first season in a new conference…Named Sophomore All-American by College Football News and received first-team All-Colorado recognition from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation…Started eleven games at left offensive tackle, as he suffered a severe knee sprain on just the seventh offensive play of the game in the season opener at Hawai’i and missed the next two games vs. California and Colorado State…Finished with an 84.4% grade for blocking consistency, delivering 82 key blocks that included eight touchdown-resulting blocks…Delivered 532 “plus” plays out of 630 total snaps, as he had 21 “great effort” blocks, twelve downfield blocks and allowed just two quarterbacks sacks and three pressures while the team was charged with 31 sacks for losses totaling 216 yards…The sophomore was called for just one penalty all year…His top game grade was 90.4% at Ohio State, his first game back after the injury…Graded out to 80% or better in nine of his eleven appearances.

 

2010 SEASON

Bakhtiari started eleven games, appearing in twelve contests, as he was a Freshman All-America honorable mention by College Football News, in addition to earning All-Big Twelve Conference recognition from the Associated Press…The state’s chapter of the NFF/College Hall of Fame selected him second-team All-Colorado…Played the third most snaps on offense, 796, trailing Nate Solder and Ryan Miller…With 715 “plus” plays, he graded out to 89.8% for blocking consistency, second best among the Buffs’ offensive lineman (behind Solder’s 94.3)…Graded 80% percent or higher in all twelve games, and 90% or greater seven times…Recorded 79 finishing/knockdown blocks, fourth on the team (eight vs. Iowa State was his single-game high), with nine touchdown blocks…Allowed just one quarterback sack and seven pressures, but was flagged for six penalties, most early in the season when he was getting his feet wet…Posted five or more finish/KD blocks on eight occasions, and his best game grade of 94.7% came in a dominant performance vs. Kansas State (71 plus plays out of 75 total)…At Kansas, he recovered a fumble after a quarterback sack and returned it seven yards, reducing a 13-yard loss to six.

 

2009 SEASON

Bakhtiari red-shirted as a freshman, spending the season practicing on the offensive line the entire fall.

 

INJURY REPORT

2011 Season…Sat out the California and Colorado State games with a severe knee sprain suffered in the season opener vs. Hawaii.

2012 Season…Missed the Oregon State clash with a slight knee sprain.

 

AGILITY TESTS

5.09 in the 40-yard dash…1.74 10-yard dash…2.87 20-yard dash…4.74 20-yard shuttle…

7.70 three-cone drill…25 ½-inch vertical jump…8’5” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times…34-inch arm length…9 ½-inch hands…81 ¾-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Bakhtiari attended Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Cal.) High School, lettering twice in foot-ball for head coach Patrick Walsh…Named honorable mention All-Western Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), All-Metro (Bay Area) and All-San Mateo County as a senior, when the team finished 8-4 and won the WCAL championship while making it to the state semi-finals…Honored by the Bay Area News Group as a member of the 2008 Cream of the Crop team among senior football players, ranking eighth out of the 25 players from northern California selected on college potential after a survey of college coaches…His senior season was his first as a starter on the football field at any level…His most memorable games include vs. Sacred Heart, when he held highly touted senior Kevin Greene to no sacks and just a pair of tackles in a 42-14 victory…In the De La Salle clash, when Junipero Serra lost 29-28 to one of the top teams in the state, Gilroy High, he registered eight pancake blocks…Also lettered twice in lacrosse as a sophomore and junior, winning the Lock Down award as the team’s top hitter…Captained the squad as a sophomore and played that sport since the seventh grade, but Junipero Serra High only added the sport his sophomore year.

 

PERSONAL

Communications major…Earned second-team Academic All-Big Twelve Conference honors as a redshirt freshman in 2010…An older brother, Andrew, was a reserve rush end at the University of San Diego from 2008-11…Another brother, Eric, also attended USD and played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans (2009) and San Francisco 49ers (2012). Eric was the only player below the major college ranks to be name a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award (2007), given to the top defensive end in college football. He is a three-time All-American and holds the school game, season and career quarterback sacks records…Their uncle, Dan Jackson, was a quarterback at the University of California…

Plans to return to California after graduation to work with and eventually take over his father’s real estate business…Son of Debbie and Karl Bakhtiari (pronounced Bock-T-are-E)…Born David Afrisiab Bakhtiari on 9/30/91…Resides in Burlingame, California.

 

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