ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —** Ty Sambrailo won't have to go very far to begin his NFL career.
The Broncos selected the 2014 First-Team All-Mountain West offensive lineman (as voted on by coaches and media) with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and having spent five years in Fort Collins just about an hour up the highway from Denver, he understands the excitement that surrounds the franchise.
Many Broncos fans in Colorado may already be somewhat familiar with second-round pick Ty Sambrailo, but for those who aren't, here is a visual history of his collegiate career at Colorado State.
"Just being in Colorado and being in that environment and being around Broncos fans for the last four and a half years in college kind of showed me just how passionate of a fan base it was and just how great of a team it would be to play for," Sambrailo said on Friday. "And this draft has kind of [shown] some of the teams that I kind of looked at as a great possibility and great opportunity. I'm extremely excited to come and be a contributor to the Broncos."
It was a natural fit for Sambrailo, who grew up ski racing, which he credits with developing some of the skills that translated easily to being a lineman.
"I think growing up and ski racing, that forced me to teach myself to react quicker in terms of processing of what I see and translating that to my feet," he continued. "The ability to go down the ski slope and make judgments, kind of thinking on your feet. I wouldn't say it helped me necessarily in football, but it kind of trained me to react to what I see a little bit quicker."
The lateral quickness has been a help whether he's protecting and blocking on the edge or moving inside to guard.
"I played every position except center in college," Sambrailo said. "Having done it before, I have some experiences at every position, guard, tackle, left and right [...]. Coming in, that versatility was a big reason I was picked up by the Broncos. I think at the end of the day, the best five lineman are going to be on the field playing and just want to compete at whatever position that would be to be a contributor and help the team win."