Sambrailo Accomplished So Much

Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo has come a long way to get to the NFL Combine. Along the way he helped turnaround the Colorado State football program.

Ty Sambrailo is one of the top offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft. This 6-foot-6, 311-pound offensive tackle feels blessed at the opportunity in front him.

”This is so exciting,” Sambrailo said. “I love it. I love the people. This is what it’s all about. This is what you dream about.” NFL Combine Coverage
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Sambrailo is in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. This is a chance he relishes. He wasn’t highly recruited and really developed into the player he is while at Colorado State.

”I wasn’t a big name recruit,” Sambrailo said. “In fact, I was a quarterback as a freshman. That’s when I started playing football. But I eventually moved to tackle. I wasn’t that big and just kind of developed once I got to college. I just wasn’t that big in high school.”

Sambrailo had a very good season and that carried over to Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl. He showed he belongs with this bunch and should be considered as a tackle that goes on the first or second day of the draft.


”I have good feet,” Sambrailo said. “I have quick feet. I can mirror most [defensive ends]. I guess you could say I was a late bloomer. I believe I have the skill set to be an offensive tackle in the NFL but I will do whatever is asked of me. I am ready to fit in.”

Sambrailo was part of the Colorado State turnaround under coach Jim McElwain [now at Florida]. This past season they won 10 games. He leaves the program with a lot of pride.

”That was special,” Sambrailo said. “It was quite a turnaround after some struggles. We saw success and it gives you a real appreciation because we had some tough times.

Sambrailo gives a lot of credit to McElwain and the way he changed the program around.

”What he did was change the culture,” Sambrailo said. “He changed our mentality, the cul;ture of the program. He had a lot to do with the success that we had.”

Sambrailo and his teammates at Colorado State also had what he called mental conditioning.

”Yeah and it’s something overlooked by a lot of schools,” Sambrailo said. “It was basically just training the brain to handle stress and pressure. It was a benefit to us.”

Off the field Sambrailo doesn’t give the presence of being a nasty offensive tackle. But when it’s time to flip the switch, he flips the switch.

”It’s as easy as the conversation we are having now,” Sambrailo said. “There is a time and place for everything. When it’s time to play football I am ready.”


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