When you become an undrafted free agent in the NFL today, you are often overlooked and not expected to do much for a team, if the player is even lucky enough to make the roster.
After the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos signed quite a bit of free agents, who unfortunately did not hear their names called during those three days. One of the signings was a promising running back out of Colorado State University, Kapri Bibbs.
Most people may not know about the running back because he only played one season in the FBS. He spent quite a bit of time in small schools while playing junior college ball. His only season in the FBS level was quite solid, as he rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 31 touchdowns, which was tied for most in the collegiate level that year. He has quite a bit of potential, but perhaps the fact that he went undrafted was that he only played at the highest level of competition in his final year before declaring for the draft.
His ability to make cuts in the open field and his speed could be the factors that swayed the Broncos to take a chance on Bibbs. A running back who is a threat to score every time he touches the football could benefit the offense. He has his glaring weaknesses, however, in pass protection and catching the football out of the backfield. He did not get that much experience in that department during his time at Colorado State, but could develop those skills during training camp if the Broncos believe he could be a key part to the offense.
With all of the running backs currently on the roster having no NFL starting experience, Bibbs has a solid shot on at least making the roster. With Ronnie Hillman having a bad year in 2013 and a lot of question marks surrounding the depth chart at running back behind Montee Ball, Bibbs has a solid chance of contributing to the team, especially in certain situations that could bring out his potential. He was actually one of my favorite UDFA’s to make the Broncos’ roster this year.
Training camp and the preseason will determine if Bibbs is ready to take his skills to the next level, but with his production in one year in the FBS, there is no doubt that he has a bright future ahead of him.