Like all NFL teams this upcoming weekend, the Denver Broncos are in the process of finalizing their roster for the 2017 season. The Broncos have several tough decisions to make before Saturday’s 2:00 pm deadline, but luckily, the team had probably the easiest decision they’ve made this preseason fall right into their lap Friday afternoon thanks to the Atlanta Falcons.
After two disappointing years in Denver, the Broncos traded offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo to the Falcons in exchange for a 2018 conditional fifth round pick.
as @AdamSchefter reported, Broncos have traded tackle Ty Sambrailo (who was a 2nd RD pick in 2015) to the Falcons for a 5th rounder in 2018.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 1, 2017
A highly touted offensive line prospect coming out of Colorado State, Sambrailo was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Sambrailo never lived up to the high expectations bestowed upon him.
Sambrailo only played in three games his rookie year before a shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2015 season. Finally healthy for the 2016 season, Sambrailo was absolutely abused by opposing defenses in the ten games he played, allowing seven sacks on the year.
New #Falcons OT Ty Sambrailo started seven games for the Broncos over the last two seasons: four at RT last year, three at LT in 2015
— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) September 1, 2017
While this a questionable move on the Falcons’ part, especially since Sambrailo gave up 3.5 sacks to Vic Beasley last season, there’s a chance that the Colorado State product may find new life in Atlanta. According to scout.com, Sambrailo was one of the top left tackles during preseason play.
— Broncos on Scout (@BroncosOnScout) August 18, 2017
Granted, any good preseason performance by a sub par player should be taken with a grain of salt, but an improvement of any kind could be a sign of good things to come for the young lineman.
It’s hard for a team to admit a mistake, but the Broncos made the right move in trading away Sambrailo. Now that the 2015 draft bust is off the roster, the Broncos will most likely move forward with Menelik Watson and Donald Stephenson splitting reps at right tackle this upcoming season.
Mike Esposito is the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos Staff Writer at Endzonescore.com. Follow him on Twitter @espo6891