Zebrie Sanders Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February – 2 – 2012
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"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Zebrie Sanders"Zebrie Sanders

Florida St

Ht. 6-6 Wt. 307

Pass Blocking:  Sanders has experience on both the left and right side and could play either in the NFL.  He’s an athletic tackle that has good range off the edge.  He can handle speed off the edge but struggles with guys that can turn speed into power.  He moves well laterally and doesn’t get overextended very easily.  He can be overpowered on contact initially and struggles to re-anchor once he’s off balance.  He may have to add bulk to avoid getting bull rushed by NFL DE’s.

Run Blocking:  I was more impressed with him as a run blocker than in pass protection.  He’s explosive off the snap and plays with good leverage.  He’s an excellent move blocker that does his best work downfield at the second level.  He’s got heavy hands and excellent range from the backside.  His awareness in the run game needs improved upon.  At times he looked lost on who to block (Oklahoma). 

Technique:  Overall his technique is solid but needs to work on a more consistent base in pass protection.  He struggles to re-anchor after initial contact.  His hands are heavy and he has good hand placement.

Athleticism/Strength:  Sanders is a good athlete for the position.  His lateral agility is very good and he can mirror defenders all day long.  He is susceptible to power but has a strong lower body.  He has the frame to add weight without losing any athleticism and really should.  He gets blown back on initial contact too often.

Bottom Line:  Zebrie Sanders is a plus athlete that has room to grow from both the physical and mental standpoint.  He’s an experienced starter in the ACC but lacks the awareness to always know what he’s supposed to be doing.  I don’t think he’s ready to come in and start in the NFL and he will take some time to teach an NFL blocking scheme.

Draft Projection:  2-3

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