Drew Sanders 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Transfer from Alabama
- Former 4-star recruit
- Scheme tendencies: Three-high safety shell, frequent Cover 3 with three-man pass rush
- 2022 projected role: Starting EDGE
Pros: Drew Sanders has enjoyed a productive start to his 2022 season as a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks after starting his career with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Sanders is implemented as a hybrid linebacker who can rush from the edge or play in stack alignments behind the defensive front. A true EDGE at Alabama, Sanders is uncovering new opportunities for himself as a member of the Razorback front. His hallmark physical traits include his physicality, good initial burst, and tackling skills. Sanders has starred as a weapon who has been charged with moving around the front, allowing him to slice through the front. Some of his other flashes come in shallow spaces to contain rush and convert into an attack role when the quarterback breaks contain to his area, including his rushes against Alabama. Sanders has some fluidity to his frame as well, offering optimism that he could indeed be a stack player at the NFL level and not just a college experiment for the Razorback defense.
Cons: The early 2022 production is impossible to ignore but a lot of Drew Sanders’ production comes from hustle plays and a hot motor. You can appreciate that but I’m not overly sold that he’s a sustainable edge rusher at the next level. Sanders is a bit angular and undersized as an EDGE product and his size and length as an interior stack linebacker could present leverage challenges to stay under blockers who climb up into his lap. Sanders will need to prove himself as an athlete with a frame and sustained athleticism at that size to offer a more vast menu of options to NFL teams or else risk being pigeonholed as a tweener player who doesn’t necessarily offer an every-down role.
Drew Sanders NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs