2015 NFL Draft Profile: Ty Sambrailo, OT Colorado St


 Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo found himself taking a massive tumble in his draft stock after his 2013 year of football.  He was widely considered as a top-50 prospect that was a fringe first round talent.  However, now he’s being discussed as a possible third round pick in some circles.

I don’t understand a lot of the negativity toward Ty Sambrailo on the football field.  He’s the dancing bear type of player that many teams look for in a left tackle.  He may not have the power and road grading skills of some of the better right tackles, but he’s got the agility and low center of gravity to help him win against a majority of pass rushers.  He could also use to bulk up a little bit for the NFL level, but that shouldn’t be a problem for him.

He does have some other problems that could be reasoning for his slide.  There is a bit of a history of injury, including a sprained knee and a torn shoulder labrum.  He also suffered a knife wound during a 2012 fight on campus that required 14 stitches and allegedly beat up 4 freshman just 3 weeks after the knife fight.

Personally, I feel that if Ty Sambrailo can learn to use his hands better and get a little stronger, he could be one of the top offensive linemen in the NFL.  Sure, it’ll take some work on his part, but I believe that his potential can outweigh his minor on the field problems and if he can prove he isn’t going to be a locker room distraction, he could be a great value pick.

Oct 11, 2014; Reno, NV, USA; Colorado State Rams left tackle Ty Sambrailo (51) warms up prior to their game with the Nevada Wolf Pack at MacKay Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 311 pounds
  • Arm Length: 33″
  • Hand Size: 10″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 5.36 seconds
  • Bench Press: 23 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 29.0″
  • Broad Jump: 97″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.54 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.58 seconds

Draft Projection

Ty Sambrailo is the #94 overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports and is their 10th best available offensive tackle in the draft class.  They project him to be a 3rd round selection in the draft.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Tyson Clabo, Houston Texans
  • CBSSports.com: N/A

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota could be looking for an offensive tackle to compete with Matt Kalil if they don’t see him as the long-term answer at the position.  In addition, depth on the offensive line is always welcome.

My Take

My only real fear with Ty Sambrailo is his off the field issues.  If he can convince teams that he’s not a problem player, he could be drafted much, much sooner than some experts expect.  I feel he could be a second round draft pick, but if he does slide to the third round, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Vikings take a chance on him.

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