Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU

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Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU

Postby Pudge » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:58 pm

Southern Methodist Senior
40: 4.46

PROS: Has good speed and burst. Shows ability to separate due to his burst. Has good hands and adjusts to the throw. Shows toughness and elusiveness as a runner after the catch. Makes a quick move upfield to pick up maximum yardage. Shows nice body control and ability to shield himself to avoid the big hit. Shows ability as a punt returner, able to make the first guy miss and shows nice vision.

CONS: Dances too much after the catch and will go east and west a bit too much. Needs to polish up his route-running. Needs to work on security as a runner after the catch and doesn't always secure the catch before making his first move.

OVERVIEW: Was a very productive player at SMU, and is their career and single season leader in receptions and yards, as well as career leader in touchdowns. Works mostly out of the slot. Showed nice improvement with a second year working in June Jones' offense. Returned 42 punts for an average of 11.3 yards with a touchdown as a senior.

NFL FORECAST: He has the ability to become a solid receiver at the next level. If he can polish up his route-running, with his burst, he could be a really nice asset to have in the slot. He'll drop some passes from time to time and make some mistakes looking for a big play, but he should be a fairly reliable option. I think his NFL career could be a lot like Dennis Northcutt or Nate Burleson. He'll work best in an offense where he works out of the slot. His value in the return game will also help him. I think he can be fairly consistent and productive there although he may not be a scoring machine. He can be a guy that can consistently catch 40-60 passes a year. He won't be a go-to option, but a nice complementary option. Ideally, he'll be a very good No. 3 receiver, but also can be an effective No. 2 guy if he's playing opposite a true No. 1 receiver that can draw coverages.

ATL FORECAST: He could push Douglas for the slot role. He could be a productive Falcon, although he'd be more insurance in case Douglas doesn't recover from his injury and progress from this point on. I think he can be a good No. 3 option, but probably won't surpass a healthy Douglas. He could win the punt return duties from Weems because of his greater potential on offense. He would make a very nice No. 4 with the potential to become a No. 3 down the road.

VALUE: He's a solid middle round pick, that should be drafted in the fifth round. But wouldn't be a reach late in the fourth for a team targeting a slot receiver with special teams ability.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 4.0
HANDS: 3.5
RANGE: 3.0

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