Fayetteville — Arkansas linebacker Drew Sanders was named the 14th total prospect within the 2023 NFL draft by ESPN’s Mel Kipper Jr.
Kipper additionally listed Sanders because the No. 1 inside linebacker. In three video games, Sanders ranks second on the staff with 27 tackles. He had 16 solos, 6 losses, 5 sacks, 2 go interruptions, 1 quarterback rush and two compelled turnovers.
Sanders got here to Arkansas from Alabama midterm. The previous five-star recruit from Denton (Tex.) Ryan performed two years at Tide. He began 3 of 25 video games. Sanders had 33 tackles, 16 solo tackles, 2.5 losses, a sack, 5 quarterback rushes and two go interruptions.
Right here’s what Kiper wrote in regards to the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Sanders.
“Saunders is a rotation participant on the Alabama protection in 2020 and 2021, moved to Arkansas earlier this yr and has been nice in three video games. He already has 5.5 sacks and two compelled turnovers, And 32 tackles. He performed full courtroom for the Razorbacks, exhibiting off his explosiveness and vary to chase down the ball provider. He was a batting, lifter and driving sort out who may fill within the working recreation. He’s taking part in actually laborious and has nice measurement on the place. Sanders’ sack manufacturing could also be down a bit, however I’m very impressed with him up to now.”
Kiper additionally named Ricky Stromberg No. 7 middle 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 Catalon in his rankings.
Kiper’s prime three are Alabama defensive finish Will Anderson, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud and Georgia defensive sort out Jalen Carter.