NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Another season, and another AFC East championship. The Patriots have much loftier goals though, and in order to achieve them, they need to find a cure for their offensive line struggles. There has been inconsistent play all across the line, but the left side (at both guard and tackle) is where we see a majority of the protection issues. This brings me to today’s prospect, a player who has played multiple positions on the offensive line. Is he a good fit? Let’s find out.
Name: Ty Sambrailo
School: Colorado St. (Sr)
Weight: 315 lbs.
Ty has a nice combination of size and athleticism for the position and the type of build that the Patriots have wanted in their lineman for several years. He has a frame that can still add bulk without compromising athleticism. In pass block situations, Ty shows very good footwork which allows him to mirror the defender and create a nice pocket for the quarterback. His run blocking is also very good and he shows quickness at the snap, allowing him to seal off his man or pull around and get to the next level. He also shows speed, athleticism, and footwork to get out into space and block quicker smaller guys on screen plays. Ty is also very aggressive and looks to hit players right up until the end of the play and flirts with that fine line of continuing after the whistle has blown. He also has long arms and strong hands, and when he uses them properly, he is almost impossible to get away from. From all accounts, he is a an intelligent guy who is constantly working to improve his technique and strength. His experience playing all along the offensive line gives him position flexibility. In the play below, you can see how he is quick at the snap of the ball, gets to the second level, and drives his man out of screen.
Ty struggles at times with players who are stronger so he needs to improve his functional strength in both his upper and lower body to hold up in the NFL. He has a tendency to get high in his stance when pass blocking, which allows defenders to get into his chest and knock him off balance. He shows the ability to extend his arms and get a good punch on the defender, but it comes and goes on film. Ty also needs to be more consistent with his hands because he can get in trouble when he isn’t using them properly. He also has a tendency to overextend and lose balance and bend at the waist rather than at the knees. Colorado State does not play in a power conference and so the level of competition is not always great. In the play below, you can see that Ty does not extend his arms, which allows the defender to get into his body and push him back into the quarterback.
Ty seems like a great fit for the Patriots. He is another one of those guys who has the flexibility to play at either guard or tackle in the NFL. He has the size and athleticism that the Patriots look for in their offensive lineman. He has a very aggressive demeanor which I think is an important quality to have as an offensive lineman. If he is going to be successful at the next level though, he has to get stronger. I think he could be a very effective guard on day 1, and if he can fix the technique issues I mentioned, he could easily bump out to tackle and be successful there as well.