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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Review - LB Drew Sanders

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Player Description

Name: Drew Sanders Position: Linebacker

College: Arkansas Uniform Number: #42

Class: Junior Height: 6-5

Weight: 233 lbs Projected Round: Early 2nd to 3rd round



  • Explosive, twitchy athlete

  • Excellent closing speed and range

  • Excels at both a run stopper and pass rusher

  • Active hands

  • High football IQ

  • Hard-hitting tackler

  • Quick at diagnosing run/pass plays

  • Possesses position versatility

  • Great vision and awareness

  • Natural flexibility - good bend around the edge

  • Disruptive in the backfield

  • Good Instincts in coverage

  • Ability to get skinny when blitzing inside

  • Moves extremely well in open space

  • Natural feel in stopping the run



With his height comes issues with pad level when making tackles. In his attempt to lower his pad level, he has a tendency to miss tackles due to taking subpar angles. When taking on blocks, Sanders needs to do a better job of using his length to create separation and shed blocks to make plays. As a pass rusher, Sanders is adequate enough but needs to develop a wider variety of pass rush moves and maneuvers to be more effective at the next level.

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