You are here

Chidobe Awuzie







04/28/17:  Drafted in the second round (60th overall) by Dallas.





With their second round selection (60th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys continued to reload their defense by addressing their needs in the secondary with the choice of Colorado defensive back Chidobe Awuzie. A versatile athlete, Awuzie played all across the defensive backfield for the Buffaloes, including cornerback, free and strong safety. He concluded his collegiate career with 273 tackles, 35 pass breakups, three interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 47 career games with 41 starts. He was also used as a pressure player in certain packages where he lined up at nickel or outside linebacker, finishing with 9.0 sacks, 26 tackles for loss and eight quarterback pressures. In Dallas, Awuzie is expected to battle for playing time and a chance to start for a Cowboys secondary that lost four players - and three starters - during the 2017 free agency period.


  • Started all 11 games as a senior, earned All-Big Ten first-team honors and led the team with 9.5 sacks while adding a career-best 43 tackles, 13 for losses and two breakups.
  • Notched a sack in seven of his final 10 games, including in each of the final four.

  • Missed two games with an ankle injury.

  • Had a career-best nine tackles at Ohio State), with three for losses and 2.5 sacks.

  • Led the team with two tackles behind the line with one sack and a breakup against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.


  • Played in 13 games with three starts as a junior, finishing the season with 30 tackles, 8.5 for losses, 5.5 sacks, three hurries and a forced fumble.
  • Forced his first career fumble in the game against Oregon State, then had a season-best five tackles, one for a loss, at Indiana.
  • Logged a personal-best three stops for losses with two sacks at Penn State.


  • Started one of the 12 games he played as a sophomore and recorded 19 tackles, 5.5 for losses, 3.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.
  • Notched his first career sack against Appalachian State (8/30), then started his first career game at Rutgers.


  • Played in 10 games as a true freshman and finished with two tackles and a half for a loss.


  • Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton was a four-year letterman at Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, playing both sides of the ball as a senior and compiled 116 tackles, 24 for losses and 19 sacks on defense.
  • Also lettered for Central High’s basketball team.
  • Earned a degree in sports management from Michigan.


  • 2017 Rookie Club presented by United Healthcare.
  • 2017 Cowboys U High School Camp.