Draft Profile: BioDrew Sanders from Ryan High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 5-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Sanders joined Alabama after being heavily recruited.
In 2020 as a freshman Sanders saw action in 7 games and played a total of 52 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He recorded just 2 tackles, one assist, while adding one stop. As a pass rusher, he added 3 total pressures, which included 2 QB hurries, one QB hit, and no sacks on the season.
As a sophomore for the Crimson Tide in 2021 Sanders played in 11 games and took part in 284 snaps for the Crimson Tide. He recorded 17 tackles, 8 assists, while adding 9 stops. In coverage Sanders made one pass breakup, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 98.8. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 9 total pressures, and 6 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and no sacks during the year.
After season's end Sanders transferred to Arkansas where as a junior for the Razorbacks in 2022 Sanders played in 12 games and played 846 snaps for the Razorbacks. He recorded solid 63 tackles, 27 assists while making 43 stops. In coverage Sanders chalked up 2 pass breakups, one interception, and a decent QB rating when targetted of 88.0. As a pass rusher, he produced 39 total pressures, which included 25 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and an excellent 11 sacks on the year.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s at his best in the pass rush. While he’s undersized for the edge, Sanders is flexible and twitchy, showing an explosive first step and the ability to dip and bend around blockers.
- Handles misdirection well with quick change-of-direction ability. Comes downhill quickly against the run when Sanders has an open lane.
- His ability to anticipate gives him legitimate sideline-to-sideline range. He’ll work hard to disengage when he has to, and he has the long arms and heavy hands to shed blocks.
- Tougher between the tackles than many expect. Fluid and quick drop into zone, covers enough ground to be Tampa-2 "MIKE" and knows where the markers are.
- One of the true straight-up edge burners in this draft class, he has the kind of skill set NFL teams covet in an edge rusher.
- Flashes closing speed and agility to reach passers from the blind side or up the middle before they can escape.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- While Sanders moves well laterally, he doesn’t always get there in pursuit.
- Sanders lacks elite traits in the pass rush and will need to develop a counter move.
- Sanders is on the small side, and his frame is pretty much maxed out. Despite his effort and intensity, he’ll simply get swallowed up at times.
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