By: Steve Johnson
Miles Sanders, RB, Penn St.
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2016: 13 games. 25 att, 184 yards, 1 TD; 2 rec, 24 yards, 1 TD
2017: 10 games. 31 att, 191 yards, 2 TDs; 6 rec, 30 yards
2018: 13 games. 220 att, 1,274 yards, 9 TDs; 24 rec, 139 yards
Misc. Stats: 38 KR, 764 yards
Accolades: 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, 2015 Mr. PA Football for Class AAA/AAAA, 2018 Second-team All-Big Ten
History: Four-star recruit from Pittsburgh. Went to Woodland Hills, which produced NFL talents Rob Gronkowski and Jason Taylor, among others. Also ran track, competing in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay.
Strengths: Good size. Great athlete. Really good lateral ability. Utilizes a nice jump cut. Hesitation and stutter step to make would-be tacklers think for a tick. Really good vision. Has the speed to turn the corner. Reaches top end speed quickly. Not afraid to put his head down and absorb contact. Does not have a lot of tread on his tires, as he backed up 2018 2nd overall pick Saquon Barkley.
Weaknesses: Worked primarily out of shot gun formations. Was not used much in the passing game. Not an experienced route runner. Doesn’t have another gear, top end speed is lacking. Does not have the strongest lower body, has been taken down too easily at the ankles. Has lunged at blitzers in pass pro at times.
Overview: Sanders is a quick and elusive runner, that isn’t afraid of contact. He’s no bruiser and doesn’t have much experience in the passing game, but his ability to make defenders miss stands out. He should make an immediate impact wherever he lands, likely before day 3.
Draft Projection: Mid Day Two
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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