All eyes were on senior offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo at Colorado State University Wednesday morning, as the school kicked off their NFL Pro Day. The annual event gives outgoing players the opportunity to audition in front of professional scouts, and assorted media, prior to the NFL draft in late April.
Scouts representing approximately ten NFL teams were on hand to get an up close and personal look at the athletic offensive lineman some believe could become a first round pick when the draft begins on April 30th. However, rather than give onlookers the full workout many expected, Sambrailo chose to play it safe and partake in just two of six drills.
Sambrailo let his solid numbers from last month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis stand alone, opting only to retry the 20-yard shuttle and the three-cone drill. He improved in both events. “I really wanted to come out and show my athleticism,” Sambrailo told us after the workout, “I think it went well.”
At least ten scouts were spotted observing him closely during his limited morning workout, including representatives from the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, it was Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Hal Hunter who spent the most time with the 6-foot-7, 311 pound titanic 23-year old.
It’s clear the Indianapolis Colts have serious interest in CSU’s top prospect. Hunter led Sambrailo through his individual position work, in which he performed well. Scouts kept a close eye on the big man’s hand technique and balance, both of which have been serious concerns in NFL circles. Following his workout, Hunter was seen guiding Sambrailo off the field for a one on one interview
According to Sambrailo, any team that drafts him can expect to get a, “Reliable and hardworking offensive lineman, someone who’s coming in right away who wants to contribute.” He’s an athletic, versatile offensive lineman who could contribute to just about any NFL offensive line. Despite a limited pro day workout, it is plain to see that several franchises are riveted by Sambrailo’s potential. Don’t be surprised if his name is called early on April 30th.
The video below was shot by MHH Director of Video Content Brandon Perna. Sambrailo talks about having to do "funky" drills.
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