Tyler Sambrailo is an extremely experienced and decorated offensive tackle prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft. He started 42 games during his career as a Ram, and has proven to be a reliable and durable player over that time. He did miss two games in 2014 due to a knee injury, but he managed to finish the season as a First Team All-MWC performer (was a Second Team All-MWC lineman in 2013.). Physically, Sambrailo presents with the ideal offensive tackle frame. He has good overall length and a sturdy enough frame to hold up against NFL power. While he could use a little more sand in the pants, Sambrailo uses every ounce of his power to his advantage. He’s a strong guy, evidenced by the jolt he creates on contact. Once he gets his hands on the defender, they struggle to shake him; he is a real Velcro player. Athletically, Sambrailo is a pleasant surprise as he consistently displayed the ability (speed, quickness and understanding of angles) to get to the second level and finish his assignment in the running game. He was the key behind many of Colorado State’s long runs. He has good overall body control in space and is very effective when angling to step and seal. In pass protection, Sambrailo holds up well versus power players and gives a good effort with sound results against speed rushers. He possesses average foot speed and tends to lunge in an attempt to recover when losing on the first step; he leaves himself vulnerable when forced to quickly change directions.
BOTTOM LINE: Tyler Sambrailo is a very good offensive tackle who has the ability to start in the NFL for a very long time. He especially excels in the running game, showcasing the ability to win both in a phone booth as an in-line blocker (strength) as well as in space on the second level and beyond (athleticism). He’s going to start right away in his rookie season because of his ability in the run game. He has the tools necessary to be a competent pass protector, although he may have some struggles early on. At the end of the day, Sambrailo is a bona-fide first-round prospect.
GRADE: 8.0 (1st Round)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)