I had hoped to be more inspired by Sanders’ tape than I was. The guy heralded as an athletic freak failed to blow me out of the water in a way that gives me comfort taking him in the top 50 selections.
His promising traits of prototypical length, first step explosiveness, and impressive hand fighting techniques could be enough for a team to take a shot early. But I believe his skinny frame, lack of counter moves, and inability to generate an impactful punch are big enough issues to force him down the board.
Early on, he projects as a pass rush specialist who will see his opportunities on 3rd downs and key pass situations. His lack of elite traits will keep him from reaching his full potential.
There is a ton of hope for Sanders. If he lands in a good situation where he can work on refining the rushes in his tool kit, bulks up for more pop in his punch, and brings better control and planning into his rushes he’ll be a successful EDGE threat in this league for a long time. This development will take time though, and teams should be wary buying too heavily into the potential he brings to the table.
I’ll be keeping my eyes closely on Myjai at the Senior Bowl this week.
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