BOULDER, Colo. — As an underclassman, defensive end Mustafa Johnson always enjoyed rubbernecking at the University of Colorado’s annual pro day.
He’d cheer on his older teammates as they were getting sized up by NFL scouts in preparation for that year’s draft — and he’d envision getting everyone’s encouragement when it was his turn.
The pandemic rendered that long-awaited capstone to his college career a much different experience than he’d imagined.
Campus and county COVID-19 restrictions meant that no teammates could watch Johnson and Will Sherman, the only other Buffaloes prospect who participated in Colorado’s scaled-down pro day last month.
“We didn’t have our teammates there saying, ‘You got this! Keep pushing!’” Johnson lamented.
Johnson and Sherman were left to cheer on each other as NFL personnel scrutinized their every