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Zebrie Sanders, NFL Draft 2012 Profile: FSU Tackle Expected To Go In Second

Unfortunately for Zebrie Sanders he was the star of one of the funnier football blunders of the last decade. This took place almost three years ago when he lost track on the snap count, and rather than try to catch up with the play, he simply gave up.


Thankfully a lot has changed in the last three years, and now the 6'6", 307 lb OT find himself trending as a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft. Sanders is a serious athlete who could have the potential to be a future LT in the NFL, provided he can get his head on straight- which aside from this infamous video has been a problem for him. It's not that Sanders has had any off field issues, or anything worthy of striking off a board, but he does struggle with pre-snap recognition and forgets his assignment at times. In their report on Zebrie Sanders the National Football Post say:

A natural athlete who can bend and is athletic. However, struggles with power and makes too many lineman look like good pass rushers toward the edge because of it. Needs to get stronger to have a chance.

Watching film on Sanders I find him a funny prospect. He has the speed and agility you want to see from a left tackle, but he lacks the awareness you need to play the position. That lack of awareness can be offset by moving him to RT, but here he lacks the strength to be a premier run blocker on that side. As such Zebrie Sanders looks like a jack of all trades, master of none when it comes to the offensive line. He's definitely a player the Falcons could look to add in the third round, but I think there will probably be some better fish in the sea and Atlanta need OL help ASAP.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.