Once considered a likely first-round pick, Zebrie Sanders saw his stock fall in pre-draft projections. Nonetheless, the combination of size and athleticism makes him an intriguing project at tackle.
The 6'6", 320-pounder started in 50 games at Florida State, tying a team record, and has played both right and left tackle.
National Football Post writes about Sanders:
A well-built, athletic looking tackle prospect with a long set of arms and a naturally thick lower half. Has the frame to continue to add weight and naturally fill out. Has played both on the right and left side during his time at Florida State, but has the majority of his experience at right tackle. Coils up into his stance well, and is a natural bender who is quick off the ball in pass protection. Possesses good range off the edge, he doesn't have elite edge range, but stays compact on his kick slide, can stay with speed rushers and extends his arms well into contact.
Because of his athleticism and intelligence, Sanders' best fit comes in a zone-blocking scheme. This would utilize his quickness while covering up his lack of strength.
Sanders struggles to get much of a push in the run game, and he can be driven back by powerful pass-rushers. Gaining more weight won't help Sanders here either, as he has already maxed out his frame.
Despite some definite flaws, Sanders possesses the ability to develop into a solid player in a zone scheme. He isn't ready to start yet, but, in time, he could reach his relatively high potential.
Technically not the most sound prospect, Sanders is physically dominant. He may need a year or two to develop before starting in the NFL, but has the potential to be a 16-game starter at either tackle position for the Bills.
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