Fayetteville — Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders was named the 14th total prospect within the 2023 NFL Draft by ESPN’s Mel Kipper Jr.
Kipper additionally ranked Sanders because the No. 1 inside linebacker. In three video games, Sanders ranks second on the workforce with 27 tackles. He had 16 solos, 6 losses, 5 sacks, 2 move breakups, 1 quarterback rush and two compelled turnovers.
Sanders got here to Arkansas from Alabama midway by way of. Former five-star Denton (Texas) rookie Ryan performed two years at Tide. He began 3 of 25 video games. Sanders had 33 tackles, 16 solo tackles, 2.5 losses, one sack, 5 quarterback rushes and two move breakups.
Right here’s what Kiper wrote concerning the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Sanders.
“Saunders is a rotational participant on the Alabama protection in 2020 and 2021, moved to Arkansas earlier this yr and has been glorious in three video games. He already has 5.5 sacks and two compelled turnovers, and 32 tackles. He performed everywhere in the court docket for the Razorbacks, exhibiting his explosiveness and vary to chase the ball service. He was a hitter, weightlifter and sort out who may fill out the operating sport. He performs actually exhausting and has nice measurement on the place. Sanders’ bag output could also be down a bit, however I’m very impressed with him thus far.
Kiper additionally named Ricky Stromberg No. 7 heart and security Jalen Catalon No. 10. Stromberg was a four-year starter for the Hogs, whereas Catalon was injured in opposition to Cincinnati and missed the season. Nonetheless, Kiper left Catalonia in his rankings.
Kiper’s entrance three are Alabama defensive finish Will Anderson, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud and Georgia defensive sort out Jalen Carter.