When he got the call he had been dreaming of for years, Tedric Thompson couldn't hold back the tears.
The former Colorado safety was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the fourth pick in the fourth round of the NFL draft (No. 111) on Saturday, sparking some raw emotion from a player who meant so much to the Buffs over the past four years.
In a video posted by the Seahawks, general manager John Schneider made the call to Thompson and jokingly asked, "Do you want to get taken right here, or do you want us to wait?"
"Nah, I'd rather be taken right now," Thompson said.
"OK, man," Schnenider said. "Hey, we're at 111 and we're going to select you here, so congratulations man."
An emotional Thompson replied, "I appreciate it."
The tears kept flowing as Thompson talked with his new head coach, Pete Carroll, and the realization that his dream of getting a shot in the NFL has arrived.
Thompson was one of two CU players drafted on Saturday, along with defensive tackle Jordan Carrell, who was a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys.
In all, the Buffs had four players selected in this year's draft, with cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas, 2nd round) and Ahkello Witherspoon (San Francisco, 3rd round) being selected on Friday.
This is the first time since 2011 that CU had as many as four players drafted, and prior to this year, the Buffs had not had a player drafted since 2014. It's the first time since 1998 that CU had as many as four defensive players drafted.
Thompson joins his older brother, Cedric, in the NFL. A fifth-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 2015, Cedric currently plays safety for the Minnesota Vikings.
"It just feels like a blessing to see my older brother get drafted a couple years ago and to see two of my best friends get drafted yesterday, so it is just a blessing to God to be able to be able to play football again," Thompson said to CUBuffs.com.
Like Awuzie and Witherspoon, Thompson was one of the leaders of a CU defense that ranked 20th in the country in points allowed and 19th in yards allowed last season. The Pac-12 South champion Buffs (10-4) ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Last season, Thompson led the country with 23 passes defended — one more than Witherspoon. Thompson tied for third nationally with seven interceptions, matching the CU single-season record by Dick Anderson (1967) and Cullen Bryant (1972).
Thompson also had 75 tackles and 15 third down stops last season.
A product of Valencia, Calif., Thompson was a part of head coach Mike MacIntyre's first recruiting class in 2013, and he made an immediate impact as a true freshman. Thompson played in 44 games, 35 as a starter.
"Tedric is a young man who overcame a lot to be where he is today," CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said to CUBuffs.com. "Even while he was at CU, his work ethic and his tenacity to keep going is what has made him special. It's a great pick by the Seattle Seahawks because he fits their system perfectly, that middle-roaming safety."
Thompson finished his career with 13 interceptions, tied for fifth all-time at CU. He also had 246 tackles, 34 pass break-ups and 28 third-down stops.
This is the fourth time in CU history that three defensive backs have been selected in the same draft, and Thompson is the first CU safety picked since Michael Lewis was a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002.
Carrell was a surprise selection, but got the call from the Cowboys with the 28th choice in the seventh round (No. 246 overall), becoming the first CU defensive tackle drafted since Tyler Brayton was a first-round choice of the Oakland Raiders in 2003.
Carrell's selection came six days after the one-year anniversary of his father's passing. Lawrence Carrell died suddenly on April 23, 2016, and Jordan dedicated the 2016 season to his late father.
Born in Elk Grove, Calif., Carrell played two seasons at American River College before transferring to CU in 2015. In two seasons at CU, Carrell started in 26 of the Buffs' 27 games, racking up 103 tackles.
Carrell registered 5.5 sacks as a senior and also had 13 quarterback hurries. He played in 79.6 percent of the Buffs' defensive snaps over the past two years.
Dallas is the first team since Cleveland in 2000 to take two Buffs in the same draft.
CU ranked fifth in the Pac-12 with four players drafted. Utah led the way with eight, while UCLA, USC and Washington each had five.
Following the draft, several former Buffs signed free agent contracts: quarterback Sefo Liufau (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert (San Francisco 49ers), defensive tackle Josh Tupou- (Cincinnati Bengals) and linebacker Kenneth Olugbode (Cleveland Browns).