Ace Sanders shocked the Gamecocks when he made it known he was departing for the NFL draft after the 2012 season (via ESPN). After a mediocre showing at the NFL combine that resulted in a modest 4.58 40-yard dash, Sanders needed a big pro day.
When he took three footballs in his arms and shagged punts with them in his hands, he did just that.
The skilled return man and receiver is dangerous in the open field with the football, and he became one of the most feared return men in the game over the past few years.
In 2012 he was a second-team All-American selection after hauling in 45 passes for 531 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged more than 15 yards per punt return last season (via ESPN).
Sanders is a situational player who will see limited action at the next level, but his skills in the slot and as a return man will get him drafted.
He was expected to be a mid- to late-rounder, but his impressive day in front of the scouts could grab the attention of a few teams that would be willing to draft him higher than projected.
His impressive punt-return skills won't make him a first-rounder, but they could earn him a little more money on draft day.