Scouting Report
Prospect:  Zebrie Sanders






         
School:           Florida State
Ht:  6'6"       Wt:  320
Eligibility:       Sr
Uniform:       #76

Position #1:       LOT
Position Rank:      5
Overall Rank:       57

Position #2:       ROT
Position Rank:      6
Overall Rank:       96


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Sanders has the prototypical physique for an NFL offensive tackle, as his long arms are attached to a frame with good weight distribution. He started at LOT as a true freshman in 2008, moved to ROT for the final 10 games, started at ROT for 12 of 13 games in 2009 and 13 of 14 games in 2010. In 2011, when LOT Datko suffered a season ending shoulder injury, Sanders moved to LOT for the final 8 games. Although he would be a great swing OT, he is clearly too good not to be a starter: the question is, which side?

In pass blocking, Sanders exhibits good knee bend, can slide his feet, anchor, and athletically respond to double moves. His hands are strong, placement is excellent and when he sinks his hips, sets an excellent anchor against the bull rush. The one concern is handling the super quick edge rusher, as his foot speed and quickness are good, but not great. Sanders can occasionally lunge and lose leverage in an attempt to punch too soon.

Sanders run blocks with excellent leverage, sinking his hips and generating power with his lower body, moving opponents off the line. He is an outstanding blocker on the move, agility is good, power is excellent and would make one helluva pulling guard. Fires off the snap quickly, gets to the 2nd level well and finishes blocks with an attitude. His willingness to play where needed accentuates his intangibles, which are off-the-charts great. Like the old song goes "Put me in Coach, I'm ready to play . . . today!"

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Trent Williams

Strengths
- Good athlete at OT position
- Smart player, understands blocking assignments
- Has functional strength and flashes "attitude"
- Has OL versatility (LT, OG & RT) if necessary


Weaknesses
- Can be beaten by quick/speed pass rush techniques
- Needs to improve footwork and not lunge
- Lateral kick could be improved for NFL speed rushers




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