Draft Scouting Report

Rating: 85.88 (Long-term starter)

Pro Comparison: Julian Peterson


Drew Sanders is a former five-star recruit who transferred from Alabama because he wasn't getting consistent playing time behind Will Anderson Jr. and Dallas Turner. At Arkansas, he was used all over the field as a defensive chess piece. He's a long, rangy rare athlete who has a nose for the football. At the next level, the task will be finding the right fit for Sanders' skillset instead of trying to shoehorn him into a scheme.


  • Has some pass-rush juice as a stand-up 5-technique
  • Can play in space on zone drops in the middle of the field; understands underneath routes and will drive on the ball
  • Wrap-up tackler
  • Can get off blocks in space and bring down ball carrier; tenacious getting to the football
  • Has sideline-to-sideline range
  • Explodes downhill, finds target and tackles with purpose
  • College RBs aren't beating him to the edge; long-strider with speed/acceleration and high-level tackler
  • Has the twitch to cover RBs/TEs in space
  • Has backside track-down ability


  • Will need to put on some weight if he's to be used as a situational pass rusher off the edge
  • Needs to expand pass-rush moves; flashes a long-arm and is extremely quick but needs to expand the arsenal of moves
  • Not a pure interior pass rusher though Arkansas used him a lot in that role during the season

SEC West Standings

Team Conf Overall
6-2 11-2
6-2 10-4
4-4 9-4
4-4 8-5
3-5 7-6
2-6 5-7
2-6 5-7

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Denton, TX
Class: Junior