Afolabi Laguda (#1) played defensive back for the University of Colorado. Laguda attended Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia. Laguda was a two-year starter in high school playing defensive back and wide receiver. A broken fibula his senior year prevented him from earning any honors. Prior to the injury, Laguda had 25 tackles with an interception and 3 pass deflections. A a junior in high school, he recorded 30 tackles and broke up two passes. One of his high school highlights was recovering an onside kick to seal a 21-19 homecoming win his junior year. Laguda’s sophomore year in high school the football team won the state championship.
Laguda had a very successful career at the University of Colorado. During his career, he had 143 total tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. In 2016, Laguda had a career/season high with 12 tackles with a 49-29 win against the Arizona Wildcats. Also, in 2016, Laguda recorded his first career forced fumble and fumble recovery against USC. Laguda recorded his first career interception against Arizona State in 2016 as well. Laguda said, “my career at Colorado was a true blessing. Playing in the PAC-12 against the best competition in the country. I am extremely grateful!” Laguda believes his experiences at Colorado made him not only a better football player but also a better man. Laguda is certain that his best football is still ahead of him.
Coming out of his collegiate career, Laguda was given the opportunity to participate in the East/West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida. The opportunity allowed Laguda to be around NFL coaches and scouts. He got the opportunity to act like and be treated like a pro before the draft in April. Laguda got to experience the NFL scheme before others and he feels like this has put him ahead. When asked to reflect of his experience, Laguda said, “at the Shrine Game I feel like I checked boxes. I showed I can stick to my man in man coverage as well as be physical and can play in the box. Lastly, I got the opportunity to show my range when running sideline to sideline.”
Laguda will be entering the NFL Draft in April 2018. Laguda will be participating in the pro day and is preparing himself mentally. Like many others, Laguda is taking this off-season time to train for the combine. When asked about his expectations, Laguda explains, “I want to test at a high level to show NFL personnel that I am an elite athlete and that I am versatile. I can plug and play and have the tools to do so!”