The Denver Broncos selected Ty Sambrailo in the second round, with the 59th overall pick in this years draft. Sambrailo played out his collegiate career in the Mountain West Conference at Colorado State University. In 2014 he started 11 games at left tackle and was selected to the first team All-Mountain West. He did miss two games with a knee injury. In 2013, he was able to start all 14 games at left tackle. He posted respectable results at the NFL combine, have a category best in the 3-cone drill at 7.54 seconds. In addition, he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.36 seconds and put up 23 reps on the bench press. He had a 29.0 inch vertical jump and 97.0 inch broad jump, rounding it off with a 4.58 second 20-yard shuttle.
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At 6’6” and 311 pounds, Sambrailo is athletic and can easily play on the left side when called upon. He also releases into space well and can hit moving targets when in a screen game. He has technically sound pass sets, and he is able to keep his weight on the inside foot and hands in the ready position most of the time. It is also noted that he is very good sliding his feet, enabling him to mirror pass rushers well. He is able to keep his hands inside, and has a job pass-pro punch that is effective. He is then able to hide his hands from the defender when he is not engaged, keeping the penalties to a minimum. He has a solidly built frame that could allow him to put on a bit more weight. He is able to finish blocks well and make back side cuts.
A noted weakness in Sambrailo’s game is that he needs work as a run blocker. He has inconsistent hand usage in the run game, and he does not always exhibit a game plan when he gets to the second level. He also needs to learn to unleash the power in his hands, as he often allows athletic rushers to get into him without using arm extension effectively. It is also noted that he has a tendency to lean at contact in pass pro, which does create a possible balance problem. His core strength issues need to be monitored and corrected. With a 33 inch arm length, he does have short arms for a player of his height. This should be an interesting rookie season for Sambrailo. If he works hard and is disciplined, he could find a long term home in Denver.
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