vs Memphis (2020), vs UGA (N, 2020), vs. USF, @ ND, vs. Alabama (N)
Amazing linear athlete. His burst flies off the screen and he will be a nightmare to deal with for tackles who lack the necessary agility to keep up with him on the edge. He has a nice inside counter move that is set up by his speed to the corner. Is a nasty competitior who does not shy away from contact. Cloggs up passing lanes with his length and bats down passes at the line very well.
Is quite literally in the 0 percentile for weight at DE. Lack of mass on his frame will make it difficult to make an impact against the run at the next level. He can get twitchy and jump offsides trying to get that perfect jump. Can mature in his rushes, especially with his hands but his rush arsenal is solid coming into the league.
Sanders projects as a rotational pass rusher at the next level for a team who will let him get a runway towards the tackle as a wider alignment. He would be best deployed as a pass rush specialist who either takes off rush downs, or maybe even moves into an off ball role in early downs. Can play in either a 2 or 3 pt stance effectively, letting defensive coordinators ne a little more creative with their fronts when he's on the field.
Lean, long, wirey frame. Very light for the position, should add mass but not in exchange of his explosiveness. His explosive athleticism screams off of the tape. Crazy burst and acceleration out of a 2 and 3 pt stance. Naturally limited play strength due to a lack of mass, makes up for it with leverage. Has solid balance when compromised, doesn't let himself get punked by bigger linemen.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
First step get off is among the best in the class, though he does try and time the snap and gets himself in trouble. Decent hand usage, is talented at swiping hands to cross inside on counters. Is fast and he knows it, uses his speed to threaten the corner to get tackles off balance before the point of contact, displays good flexibility and core strength to work around the corner through contact. Has a mean push-pull as his best weapon, also deploys a spin, as well as this euro step type inside counter. Could stand to finish better, as his tackling technique has left a lot of meat on the bone
Against The Run:
Size matters, and his ability against the run will be limited in the NFL because of that fact. He uses good leverage to combat this when setting the edge, and uses his length to stack and shed blocks to make a play at the runner. His range is great as hes chased down runs from behind consistently. Isn't much of a gap shooter, though he aligned at 4i tech quite often in the 3-3-5 formation that UC liked to deploy. He needs to clean up his tackling technique, as he whiffs tackles on RBs, QB, WRs, you name it. He needs to clean up that area of his game to see the field.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
Competes hard. Gets busy in the trenches in both areas of the game and will give an OL a fight if they want smoke. His motor always runs hot and his disruption can be felt early in the rep by the offense.
His game awareness is easy to see, bats down passes at a high clip. He has lined up at 4i, 5, and wide 9. Also has rushed from a 2 and 3 pt stance interchangebly. Though will be best effective in a role as a pass rush specialist and limit his action against the run.