Emerging as one of the best running backs in the country late last season, former Colorado State Rams running back Kapri Bibbs is now in a peculiar situation. Bibbs finished his junior season with 288 carries for 1,781 yards and 31 touchdowns. In fact, in back-to-back games against the Nevada Wolfpack and New Mexico Lobos piled up 715 total yards and 10 touchdowns. Bibbs made the decision to leave Colorado State with one year left of eligibility and enter the NFL draft, guaranteeing he would be, at worst, a mid-round pick.
The problem was that Bibbs was hampered by turf toe late in the season, which became a concern for scouts. Bibbs went undrafted and signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. Even with last season’s starter Knowshon Moreno going from the Broncos to the Miami Dolphins in free agency, the Broncos backfield is very much crowded. Denver will rely heavily on Monte Ball if his pass blocking has improved.
After Ball, the Broncos depth chart is shaping up to be C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Bibbs. Anderson was a surprise last season during the preseason as he proved he could be solid in a two back system. Hillman, who was a high draft pick by the Broncos in 2012, had fumbling issues last season and spent much of the year inactive and in the John Fox doghouse.
Assuming the Broncos keep three running backs on the roster after final cuts, Bibbs will have to win a spot on the roster by being a strong contributor on special teams by not turning the ball over when he does get his carries and proving he can pass block for Peyton
if all these things do happen and Bibbs does earn a spot on the Broncos roster, it could not have been the ideal situation Bibbs was thinking at the time he declared himself eligible for the draft. Bibbs could have been a superstar this upcoming season at Colorado State and be in better position for the 2015 draft. Instead, Bibbs will be lucky to be a role player for the Broncos.