A former five star recruit that transferred from Alabama to Arkansas, Sanders is yet another hybrid edge that also plays off the ball. He's explosive with long strides, but he needs to do a better job working through traffic and finishing plays. I would convert him to a full time pass rusher.
The former number one recruit in the entire state of Texas, Sanders started out his college career at Alabama but broke out after transferring to Arkansas.
He’s a hybrid player, spending over 100 snaps on the defensive line with over 650 at linebacker. It’s easy to see why he was a highly touted recruit as he’s loaded with traits, including burst and speed.
As an off ball linebacker, his run defense can be hot and cold. He doesn’t stack and shed well, opting more to beat lineman to their spot with athleticism. He did get more confident against the run as the season went on, which is a positive trajectory for a first year starter.
His biggest issue is the inconsistent tackling. He doesn’t strike with a lot of force and drive through ball carriers. Per PFF, he missed 16 tackles in 2022.
The most intriguing part of Sanders’ game is his pass rush ceiling. He showed an excellent arm over move to leave offensive linemen in the dust. His run and chase speed when containing quarterbacks is excellent, they never beat him to the sideline when trying to escape.
He’s a day two pick that might have his best football ahead of him, but will be hard to trust on early downs right away.