CSU's Sambrailo, Grayson Selected On Day Two Of 2015 NFL Draft
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State football program had two players selected in the second and third rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday evening.
Offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo was selected in the second round, 59th overall, by the Denver Broncos, while quarterback Garrett Grayson was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the third round, 75th overall.
The Rams have multiple NFL draft selections in back-to-back years (Weston Richburg and Crockett Gillmore in 2014 and Sambrailo and Grayson in 2015) for the first time since 2000-01.
Ty Sambrailo – Denver Broncos
Colorado State offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round with the 59th overall pick. Sambrailo was the first player from the Mountain West to be drafted in 2015, and the 101st CSU player to ever be drafted.
Sambrailo played in 11 of 13 games for CSU in 2014, grading out above 90-percent in every contest. As one of the top tackles in the country, recorded well over 65 knockdown blocks on the season. He helped lead the Rams to a school record 480.9 yards of total offense per game, while earning first-team All-Mountain West honors.
The native of Watsonville, California, graded out above 89-percent in 24 consecutive games from 2013-14. In total, he played in 48 games and made 42 starts.
Sambrailo becomes the fourth active CSU offensive lineman in the NFL, and joins former Rams offensive lineman Shelley Smith in Denver. Erik Pears, who recently signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, and Richburg, who was drafted by the New York Giants in 2014, are the other two CSU offensive linemen playing in the league.
The Broncos' newest offensive lineman is only the 10th Ram to be drafted in the first two rounds, and the third-highest CSU offensive lineman selected, behind Al Simpson (27th overall in 1975) and Richburg (43rd overall in 2014).
CSU quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt is the last Ram drafted by the Denver Broncos when he was selected in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Overall, the Broncos have drafted five Rams: OL Sambrailo (2015), QB Van Pelt (2004), TE Keli McGregor (1985), RB Alvin Lewis (1981) and OL Wayne Lee (1961 -- AFL).
Garrett Grayson – New Orleans Saints
Colorado State's Garrett Grayson became the first Rams quarterback to be selected in the NFL draft since 2004 (Bradlee Van Pelt), as he was chosen by the New Orleans Saints in the third round with the 75th overall pick. Grayson is the highest-drafted quarterback by the Saints since Archie Manning in 1971.
Grayson, who was at home in Vancouver, Wash., with friends and family for the big moment, captured every career record in Colorado State history in 2014, and broke his own single-season records for passing yards (4,006) and passing touchdowns (32). Grayson is only the third Mountain West quarterback to throw for over 4,000 passing yards in a single season.
After his senior campaign, Grayson was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.
Grayson is the second-highest drafted CSU quarterback and the seventh to be drafted into the NFL joining: Van Pelt (Denver Broncos -- round 7; 2004), Moses Moreno (Bears -- round 7; 1998), Kelly Stouffer (St. Louis Cardinals -- round 1; 1987), Terry Nugent (Cleveland Browns -- round 6; 1984), Mark Driscoll (Dallas Cowboys -- round 13; 1976) and Jack Graham (Miami Dolphins -- round 14; 1975)
Grayson is CSU's lone active quarterback in the NFL.