When the Houston Texans selected safety Lonnie Ballentine("Mr. Irrelevant") with the final pick in the 2014 NFL Draft it was time for fans to start looking at some un-drafted Free Agents who the Broncos could sign. One name that stood out to me was Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs. With the Broncos lacking depth at the running back position it only made sense for the team to sign the local product.
With that said, lets to get to know Bibbs a little better.
Kapri Bibbs attended Snow College in 2011 and Front Range Community College in 2012. Before the 2013 season he transferred to Colorado State University. Bibbs declared for the 2014 NFL Draft after only one season at Colorado State.
Bibbs had a very productive 2013 season for Colorado State. Bibbs topped 130+ yards rushing six times in 2013.
Bibbs had a rather impressive two week stretch in 2013 where he topped 290+ yards twice and 10 combined touchdowns in back to back weeks.
Height: 5'9 Weight: 212lbs 40 Time: 4.67 seconds
Arm Length: 31 3/8" Hands: 8 1/2"
Bench Press: 24 reps Vertical Jump: 29 inches
Broad Jump: 106.0 Inches
- Vision: Bibbs has good vision, and shows good balance when running with the ball.
- Frame/Strength: He is a solid built running back. Bibbs has a stout well built frame, and is a strong running back(24 bench press reps at the combine).
- Initial Quickness: Bibbs is explosive when he gets the balls. Hit the holes quick.
- Patient: If the running lane isn't there, Bibbs will show patience and follow his blockers.
- Hard Runner: Bibbs is a downhill runner who will lower his shoulders and take on defenders.
- Raw/Limited Carries: Bibbs has only one year of college football under his belt, and still has plenty of room to improve. He also has very limited carries in his career which means his legs are still fresh and strong.
- Nose For The End Zone: Bibbs totaled an insane 31 touchdowns last year for Colorado State.
- Pass Catching: Biibs isn't the greatest pass catcher. In 2013 he only totaled 8 receptions for 59 yards.
- Speed: While Bibbs isn't slow by any means, he doesn't have the elite speed or third gear you like to see from your running backs.
- Breaking Tackles: While he's a powerful downhill runners, he doesn't break as many tackles as you would like to see, nor does he have the ability to make people miss.
- Didn't Produce Against Better Talent: Bibbs struggled against good teams like Alabama, Boise State, and Utah State, while he took advantage or lesser talented teams.
- Pass Protection: He's rather raw in that area and will need to improve there if he wants to make the team.
- One Year Wonder/Limited Experience: Bibbs only had one successful year in college, and it was his only year in college football.
Will Kapri Bibbs Make The Roster?:
I think Bibbs has a very good shot at making the roster.
The Broncos running back situation at least at the moment is pretty wide open in my opinion. Montee Ball is penciled in as your starter, but obviously nothing is set in stone there. After Ball, C.J Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Bibbs, Juwan Thompson, Brennan Clay, and Jerodis Williams will be competing for a roster spot.
If the Broncos do not sign or trade for another back between now and the start of the season, I like the chances of Bibbs latching on initially as the Broncos third or forth running back on the team. I at least see him cracking the practice squad.