Kapri Bibbs puts draft disappointment aside

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Kapri Bibbs was bypassed in the NFL draft despite leading the nation with 31 touchdown runs in his single season at Colorado State. Yet, he insists he’s glad he turned pro.

“I expected to get drafted, but at the end of the day, I can only be happy that I’m here,” the 5-foot-11, 203-pound running back said after the first workout of the Denver Broncos‘ rookie minicamp Friday. “I remember when I prayed to God and asked him to just to give me an opportunity, I didn’t ask him to get drafted, I just asked him to give me an opportunity and that’s what he did.”

Therefore, Bibbs said, he doesn’t consider coming out of school after his sophomore season a mistake.

Bibbs said there were plenty of other teams lining up for his services after the draft concluded last weekend, including the Buccaneers, Falcons, Bears and Ravens.

He said he decided to stay in Colorado because he and Denver running backs coach Eric Studesville hit it off at the NFL combine and he wanted to play in an up-tempo system engineered by Peyton Manning.

“I just feel like this is the right spot,” Bibbs said.

Besides, the Broncos didn’t draft a running back after letting free agent Knowshon Moreno go, so “I’ll get as many reps as any new guy will get,” Bibbs said., “I’m looking for opportunity. I’m not coming in and trying to make the practice squad.”

Bibbs hopes to crack a rotation that features projected starter Montee Ball and his fellow second-year back C.J. Anderson - who made the roster as an undrafted free agent last year - and Ronnie Hillman.

He’ll face some strong competition, particularly from undrafted free agent Juwan Thompson, a 225-pound back from Duke and one of four other running backs who were sharing snaps Friday.

None have Bibbs’ resume, however.

In his only season in Fort Collins, Bibbs ran for a school-record 1,741 yards and 31 TDs on 281 carries for a 6.2-yard average.

Bibbs, however, had just six 100-yard games and he only caught eight passes and never more than one in a game.

Then, there was the small sample size.

He attended Snow College in 2011 and Front Range Community College in 2012 before going to CSU in 2013, where he joined his new teammate Ball and Barry Sanders as the only players in NCAA history to run for more than 30 TDs in a season.

Yet, he never heard his name called in the three-day, seven-round draft.

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