PLAYER PROFILE: Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

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After backing up Saquon Barkley at Penn State, Miles Sanders, 21, got his chance in 2018 and ran with it, leveraging a 1,200-yard rushing season into a likely spot on an NFL roster in 2019. Sanders averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns last season for the Nittany Lions while catching 24 passes as well. Has experience as a kick returner, but mainly during his true freshman year. Sanders tested well at the NFL Combine, especially in the 3-cone drill (best at position).

Size

5-11, 211 pounds

Combine notables

40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds (T6th at position)
Bench: 20 reps
Vertical: 36 inches (T6th at position)
Broad jump: 124 inches (6th at position)
3-cone drill: 6.89 seconds (1st at position)
20-yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds (3rd at position)

What the analysts say

“Miles Sanders is a player who likely would have benefitted from returning to school, to develop as a player, but you can understand why he decided to declare and get his. In his first year of starting, Sanders illustrated the body control, effortless explosive cuts, and penchant for stringing moves together that reminded Penn State fans of Saquon Barkley, who they lost last season. However, even where Barkley was lacking in terms of vision and decision-making, Sanders has more significant issues. He struggles to interpret zone flow, manipulate second level defenders, and make split-second decisions when faced with backside pursuit. His eyes and his mind are not yet in perfect tune with his body, which is why his tape is peppered with one electric long run for every two plays that could have been so.” – Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

What PFF says

-28th in elusive rating
-Top 50 percent in missed tackles forced per attempt
-Bottom 50 percent in pass-blocking efficiency

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