With less than a week remaining in the 2014-15 college football season, mock draft season is officially upon us. For Ty Sambrailo, the Colorado State Rams' star offensive tackle, the opinions have been high.
Dan Kadar (SB Nation) - 27th Overall - Indianapolis Colts
The Colts can't go another season with Gosder Cherilus at right tackle. With Baylor's Spencer Drango announcing that he will return to school, Sambrailo's stock should receive a boost
Rob Rang (CBS Sports) - 31st Overall - Denver Broncos
For as dominant as the Broncos have appeared for much of this season, areas of concern certainly exist - including right tackle. Sambrailo is a technically-sound brawler who would fit in nicely with the aggressive mentality John Elway and Co. are attempting to bring to Denver.
Regardless of how you feel about mock drafts and their accuracy, this is the time of the year where they really begin to take shape. The draft order gets more and more locked in by the week and the needs of each team are as apparent as ever. With multiple teams in need of help on the offensive line in a class that lacks much elite talent, it's very easy to see Sambrailo rising up to the first round. At worst, he's probably looking at a mid-second round selection.
Sambrailo will need to increase his strength to last in the NFL, but the technique, ability, and massive size (6'5", 315 pounds) is all there. Would he be able to start immediately? It wouldn't be ideal, but he'd likely be able to hold his own.
During Sambrailo's four seasons of eligibility at Colorado State, he played in 48 games and was a key component in the Rams' successful rise under (now former) head coach Jim McElwain.