Myjai Sanders
Myjai Sanders

Myjai Sanders

  • EDGE Bearcats
  • Senior
  • #--
  • 6'5"
  • 248lbs
  • Prospect
  • American Athletic

2021 Season

SACK

2.5

QBH

3

TFL

5

TACK

17

Top Traits

First Step Explosiveness

Quick-twitched EDGE who played out of position at Cincinnati.

First Step Explosiveness

Myjai Sanders

Myjai Sanders has a quick first step off the ball. He can reach the top of his rush within two steps. He has tremendous short-area quickness. This allows him to put pressure on OTs to get into their pass set quicker than planned. He fits the mold as a pure speed edge rusher. 

Length

Sanders has ideal length to play on the perimeter.

Length

Myjai Sanders

He has great length to create separation between himself and OL. He maintains separation and prevents the OL from latching. His length is evident with his pass-rushing arsenal. He uses the single-arm stab and drive and also, the long-arm over maneuver to win the inside track.  

Effort (Motor)

Sanders is a tireless player, even when rushing in traffic.

Effort (Motor)

Myjai Sanders

Sanders does not give up on plays. He continues to fight and push toward the ball-carrier. He has an incredible motor. He chases down backside plays. When quarterbacks break contain, Sanders shifts gears to run them down from behind.

Prospect Summary

Myjai Sanders was a 3-star recruit out of Camden County HS, according to 247 Sports. He was ranked as the No. 56 WDE and No. 151 in Florida. Sanders was a two-sport athlete. He was a semifinalist for the 2020 Bednarik Award. He entered the season on the Bronco Nagurski watch list. He is known for his explosive first-step and ability to jump the snap. He combines his first step with long arms to maneuver around opposing OTs. He is effective on twists, games, and stunts. Improvement holding up against the run is needed. There are rumors of his weight fluctuating between 230 and 255. The latter would be beneficial.

Ideal Role: 4-3 weakside end

Scheme Fit: Attacking 4-3 multiple fronts with wide nine alignment

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Damian Parson

Games watched: SMU (2021) UGA (2021), UCF (2021), Memphis (2021)

Best Game Studied: Memphis (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Georgia (2021)

First Step Explosiveness: See Above.

Flexibility: Sanders wins with quickness and explosion at the snap. He does not bend particularly well around the edges. He does not have fluid ankle flexion to plant and tilt/bend on the path to the quarterback. As a result, he rushes with a higher pad level than desired and upright style. His track to the quarterback is wide instead of a tight and sharp turn to flatten once he clears the OT.

Hand Moves: Sanders uses his hands well at the top of his rush. He has a solid arsenal of pass-rush moves at his disposal. He will throw a double-hand swipe to knock away the OL’s hands and finish his outside pursuit. As a result of his long levers, Sanders uses a strong push/pull technique to overtake leverage and displace the OTs from his rush path.

Length: See Above.

Hand Power: His game is predicated on quickness and length. He does not display a ton of knockback power with his punches. Even on his bull-rush reps, he uses full arm extension and leg drive to push the OL back toward the quarterback.

Run Defending: He struggles at the point of attack against the run. His lean and skinny lower body causes issues with him sitting to anchor. His upper-body strength and length create separation to stack, peek, and shed the block. Sanders will use the push/pull technique to disengage, locate, and chase the ball carrier.

Effort (Motor): See Above.

Football IQ: Sanders properly maintains his assignment against read and speed options. Identifies short passing cues, stops his rush, and elevates with his hands high to bat passes down. Despite his explosive first step, Sanders is late off the ball due to inconsistent snap timing. This must improve to fully utilize his tool belt.

Lateral Mobility: Sanders works more upfield than sideline to sideline. Against read options, he sits square between the quarterback and the pitchman. He will set a hard edge, peek to locate the quarterback, and work laterally if he breaks contain.

Versatility: Sanders lines up on the right and left sides of the DL. He has reps inside at the 4i technique to attack the interior OL. He adds special teams value. He rushes from a two or three-point stance. Uses wide-9 alignment to create a better rush track to the quarterback.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 74.30/100 (Fourth Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 75.00/100

Marino Grade: 72.00/100

Harris Grade: 73.00/100

Sanchez Grade: 74.00/100

Parson Grade: 77.50/100