In this 2019 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths, weaknesses, and draft day predictions of Miles Sanders out of Penn State.
Running back Miles Sanders enters the 2019 NFL Draft looking for a team to call home. In 2016, Sanders was the No.1 ranked high school running back in the country.
He had numerous college offers but decided to attend Penn State. However these days, everyone knows Sanders as Saquon Barkley‘s replacement.
But, Sanders enters the 2019 NFL Draft attempting to make a name for himself after falling short to Barkley his freshman and sophomore year. Sanders couldn’t even top 200 rushing yards in either season.
Sanders knew it was his opportunity to show everyone what he was capable of when he took over the starting position in 2018. He finished the season with over 1,200 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. He also added a little under 140 yards on 24 receptions.
Sanders has decided to enter the draft after only one year starting. But with several of his teammates declaring for the draft, Sanders may have seen a decline in his senior year stats; a brand new offensive line could affect his overall game.
Furthermore, Sanders is a decent pick deep into the draft. He would make for a great second or third string while transforming into an NFL starter.
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Sanders is extremely athletic. He has good footwork and is a quick thinker; he maneuvers through small holes and gaps.
He also continues to gain yards after the point of contact because he is strong and determined. With a little conditioning, he could be a decent pass blocker.
Although he wasn’t a huge target during pass plays, he did have 24 completions in 2018. Sanders could be a great addition to a few more plays on the field with the right coach.
Sanders has only started one season. He hasn’t had as much time to really perfect his craft and fix his weaknesses.
Although he uses his hands well, he has a high percentage of fumbles. His fumbles are one of the reasons why Sanders won’t go earlier than the third or fourth round.
He’s also not an outstanding route runner and will need to improve that before stepping on any field. His speed is another issue. Although he won’t be dependent on his speed, it would be nice to see him get a little faster.
NEW YORK JETS PREDICTION
Sanders is projected to be drafted no sooner than the third round. Some mock drafts have even projected him going to the New York Jets. He would be a good fit for the Jets regardless of what happens in free agency. Sanders could learn a ton from the Jets current lineup, or any veteran they might add to their roster.