Even though the Carolina Panthers signed Michael Oher, there is a high probability that the Panthers will be drafting an offensive tackle high in the NFL Draft at the end of April. The Panthers scouts were one of at least ten teams to attend Ty Sambrailo’s Pro Day, per Jake Marsing of Mile High Huddle.
Sambrailo did not participate in many drills, only two of six drills to be exact, after he had a strong performance at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He decided to re-run the 20-yard shuttle and the three-cone drill and improved in both drills. This is impressive considering he finished fifth among offensive tackles at Scouting Combine in the three-cone drill.
According to Marsing, the Indianapolis Colts expressed the most interest at the Pro Day though and Colts’ offensive line coach Hal Hunter had a one on one interview after the workout. The Colts hold the 29th pick in the first round, which is four picks after the Panthers.
“The Rams left tackle is starting to garner first round draft status, as he’s averaged 90% for blocking consistency through 41 career starts. He’s made a rapid climb on those charts since returning from early season injury issues, having played just the first five minutes in the opener vs. Colorado and sitting out vs. Boston College due to a knee sprain. Since his return, he’s recorded 14 touchdown-resulting blocks and 50 knockdowns through nine contests. A vastly underrated talent, Sambrailo graded 89% for blocking consistency and delivered 36 pancake blocks in 2013. 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).”
When asked what type of player the NFL team that drafts him will be getting he said, “Reliable and hardworking offensive lineman, someone who’s coming in right away who wants to contribute.” The Panthers could use a player like this who can start immediately however the team would most likely have to position him at right tackle while he learned to play at the NFL level.