Indianapolis, IN – The NFL Scouting Combine is underway at Lucas Oil Stadium, with coach and general manager interviews, player physicals and interviews and more. The Denver Broncos are here in full effect, as they evaluate the prospects they could target in the upcoming draft.
The Broncos enter the draft with six original picks, with an estimation of four additional compensatory picks on top of them. They have plenty of draft capital to work with. With 19 pending free agents, they have their work cut out for them in rebuilding the roster.
It has been reported that the Broncos are looking for as many as three new starters along the offensive line; more likely, they are looking for two, as center Will Montgomery (one of the 19) reportedly fits into their plans.
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Ryan Clady (left tackle) and Louis Vasquez (right guard) are the only sure-fire starters to return in 2015. The Broncos are in the market for a left guard and right tackle. Michael Schofield, last year’s third round pick, will get a shot at competing for one of those positions. But for a player who didn’t even dress for a single game in 2014, its more likely they’ll have to look outside of Dove Valley to fill their needs.
Yesterday, we talked about Pittsburgh tackle T.J. Clemmings. Today, we’re staying close to home and focusing on Colorado State’s Tyler Sambrailo. Sambrailo enters the NFL Combine as a prospect who has begun to garner first round consideration.
In 41 career starts with the Rams, he anchored the offensive line and protected fellow 2015 prospect, Garrett Grayson’s, blindside. Sambrailo’s stock skyrocketed, following his impressive showing on the Senior Bowl’s South Squad in Mobile, AL.
As a tackle on the South Squad, playing with SEC-caliber prospects, I felt like Sambrailo separated himself as the best, especially in pass protection. According to Scout.com’s leading draftnik/scout Dave-Te Thomas, Sambrailo averaged 90% for blocking consistency through his 41 career starts at Colorado State.
As a senior, he recorded 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and 50 knockdowns through nine games. He missed some time early in the season with a knee sprain. Sambrailo also graded 89% for blocking consistency and delivered 36 pancake blocks in 2013, which means he brings consistently excellent game film over the last two seasons.
At 6-foot-5, 317 pounds, Sambrailo plays with a bit of a mean-streak and possesses good athleticism, which is key in a zone blocking scheme. Here’s a little bit of a scouting report via our very own Dave-Te Thomas on Sambrailo.
"He has a tall frame that makes him look leaner than he actually is, but possesses good overall muscle definition, long arms and large hands. He plays with a good base, moving his feet well to stay off the ground and get out in front on traps and pulls. He is a mauler who uses his size to take over blocks and when he stays low in his pads, he can lock on and grind out getting off the snap. He comes off the snap with his back flat, but must do a better job of rolling his hips (his hips are loose, but he just lacks technique)."
With a little pro-coaching TLC, Sambrailo could be an excellent fit in the Gary Kubiak offense. He has already put himself in the first round conversation, but with an impressive performance in Indy this week, he could solidify those projections. And the good news is he could very well be available at pick No. 28 when the Broncos go on the clock.