Colorado State Rams running back Kapri Bibbs may have made the wrong choice by coming out after just one year of FBS play since he went undrafted. However, Bibbs earned a free agent deal with the team down the road in the Denver Broncos.
Bibbs was rated as the 197th player and the 19th running back overall by Mocking the Draft. The less of a need at the NFL level for running backs is why Bibbs went undrafted, and that is why there were no running backs taken in the first 50 picks of this draft. There are other reasons for Bibbs not getting drafted and that is that he played just one year of college and against mediocre talent.
However, landing at Denver is a good thing because Bibbs will have the chance to compete for a backup or third-string spot on this roster. The Broncos are not exactly stacked at the running back position and are filled with very young players like Montee Ball (2013 rookie), Ronnie Hillman (one year NFL experience) and two others who were rookies last year. The the third spot will be up for grabs.
Take a look at Bibbs' scouting report:
Bibbs became just the fourth player in FBS history to rush for more than 30 touchdowns, he had 31, led the Mountain West in rushing with 1,741 yards and was sixth in all of college football. Deciding to turn pro after just one year seemed odd, but with the entire offensive line needing to be replaced for Colorado State it made sense. Had he stayed his stats would have taken a significant, along with that draft stock.
Bibbs is built like Emmitt Smith at 5-feet-11 and 203 pounds -- not to say he is Smith on the field -- and that size allows him to slip through the offensive line yet he has the bulk to take hits. One thing that Bibbs does really well is see the field and be patient with his next move. He also has great balance and stability if he does get hit or stumbles. His speed is not great but he has a very quick burst.
Here are highlights of Bibbs from this past year: