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A four-star recruit from Pittsburgh, Sanders took a backseat to Saquon Barkley for two seasons at Penn State, but he stood out in his own right once given the starting role. After 56 carries for 375 yards (6.7 average) and three scores through two seasons, he racked up 1,274 yards and nine scores on 220 attempts (5.8 average), plus 24 catches for 139 yards in 2018. He stood out with one of the best all-around workouts of any back at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Sanders isn't Barkley, but he has a quality all-around skill set, with good size (211 pounds), physicality, speed (4.49-second 40-yard dash) and fluidity. He has good vision and patience, moves smoothly to and through the hole, runs low to aid contact balance and can evade defenders or break their tackles, depending on the situation. He's also experienced as a receiver.
Sanders' athletic gifts don't stand out quite as much on tape as they did at the combine -- he doesn't create many explosive plays and isn't quite elite in any area. He also could be more decisive, as he dances a bit too often in the backfield, leading to negative plays. His blocking isn't poor, but it could use work. He should slot in as a useful part of a rotation with starter potential down the line.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media
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