Breakdown: Broncos Select Ty Sambrailo

Everything you need to know about the Denver Broncos' second-round selection of offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo out of Colorado State from Scout's college and pro football experts.

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Ty Sambrailo
Colorado State / 6'6 / 311 lbs
  • OT
  • [2] #27

Analysis

Sambrailo is a self-made offensive tackle. He was an unheralded recruit from Northern California in 2010. In fact, he began his high school career as a quarterback. Now Sambrailo is on the verge of becoming a professional offensive tackle. He was a big part of the Colorado State turnaround, starting 41 games. This past season he recorded 55 knockdown blocks, graded out at 87.1% and had 14 touchdown resulting blocks. He has good size, length, big hands and good feet. Sambrailo is a better run blocker at this stage. He did give up 4.5 sacks in 2014.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

Instant Analysis from Scout's Jamie Newberg:

Denver landed an offensive tackle in former Colorado State star Ty Sambrailo. He’s a self-made offensive tackle. He was an unheralded recruit from Northern California in 2010. In fact, he began his high school career as a quarterback. Now Sambrailo is on the verge of becoming a professional offensive tackle. He was a big part of the Colorado State turnaround, starting 41 games. This past season he recorded 55 knockdown blocks, graded out at 87.1% and had 14 touchdown resulting blocks. He has good size, length, big hands and good feet. Sambrailo is a better run blocker at this stage. He did give up 4.5 sacks in 2014.

Report from NFL Scouting Services' Dave-Te' Thomas:

The Rams left tackle is garnering attention, as he graded 89.1% for blocking consistency through 41 career starts. Ty Sambrailo 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 55 knockdowns through ten contests.

A vastly underrated talent, Sambrailo graded 89% for blocking consistency and delivered 47 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.

Sambrailo 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). He has good timed speed and footwork, along with the ability to quickly recover when out on an island with an edge rusher, but might find a quicker route to an NFL starting job on the right side of the line. When he gets out of position, he is quick to redirect, thanks to good hip snap.

The Rams blocker shows very good strength (26 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press and good explosion out of his stance, as he consistently plays with a good base. He doesn’t bend too much at the waist and is a solid second level blocker, thanks to his foot speed and good agility in the open field.

Sambrailo is the type of athlete that “looks better” on tape, as he will surprise a lethargic defender with his quickness anchoring and establishing position. He flashes above average body control, balance and change of direction agility on the move, and those attributes could see a few teams regard him more as a guard, due to his success on traps and pulls.

The senior is developing good field savvy, as he does a good job by using his size and strength to sustain blocks, moving his feet quickly in order to get out in front on pulls and traps. He sustains well working in the trenches and when he locks on to a defender, he is quick to run his feet, playing with a finishing attitude. The thing that you see on film is that even when he does not get great position, he does an outstanding job using his reach, strength and explosion to finish his blocks.

Sambrailo is more effective as a drive blocker than in pass protection (yielded 4.5 sacks in 2014). When he bends at the waist instead of his knees, he loses leverage vs. a physical pass rush and can be walked back into the pocket. He is not the type that takes false steps though, as he has too good of a balance when trying to make the reach block.

The Ram blocker uses his wingspan well to lock on and wash out the smaller edge rushers and when he plays with consistent footwork, he does a nice job of shuffling his feet to counter the spin moves. He can literally “shock and awe” an opponent with his hand punch and shows good agility to readjust to a defender’s inside moves. You can see on film that he has the good base and lower body flexibility, along with the reach to extend, separate and anchor.

Ty Sambrailo NFL Scouting Combine measurable


6-6/311 (5.36 forty)
33-inch arm length
10-inch hands
23 reps
29-inch vertical jump
97-inch broad jump
7.54 3 cone drill
4.58 20 yard shuttle
11.65 60 yard shuttle

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for a majority of teams in the National Football League. Thomas runs a scouting information service called NFL Scouting Services and produces THE NFL Draft Report, a publication provided by league headquarters to the media in preparation for the NFL Draft.

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