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2024 Draft Profile: Ja'Tavion Sanders

Updated: Apr 2



Age - 20 (DOB 3-27-03)

Height - 6' 4"

Weight - 245 lbs

Arms - 32 7/8"

Hands - 10 1/8"

Wingspan - 77 4/8"


40 Yard Dash - 4.69

10 Yard Split - 1.59

Vertical Jump - n/a

Broad Jump - n/a

3 Cone Drill - n/a

20 Yd Shuttle - 4.32

Bench Press - n/a


Strengths

Sanders had great deep speed and agility as a route runner. He is very effective after the catch and has shown potential as a screen receiver to be a YAC machine. He is a reliable receiver with the size and athleticism to go after the ball at its highest point.

Catches the ball with super soft hands and rarely drops the ball. He is an effective blocker in the open field, allowing teammates to break away on runs after the catch. He is strong against press coverage using his strong hands to gain separation at the line. 

Sanders has outstanding lateral movement, which adds versatility to his already excellent receiving abilities.

He has the size and body control to box out a smaller defender in coverage. 

He definitely has the potential to be a mismatch problem for defenses at the next level. 


Weaknesses

Sanders is a decent blocker but has encountered difficulty when facing collegiate edge defenders at the line.

He is less suited for traditional tight end blocking roles that require consistent in-line play.

Had little experience as a blocker and in limited action has underperformed as a pass blocker and is only average in the run game.

Will need time to develop if expected to become a complete multi-role pro-level tight end.

There have been some questions about his willingness to work and grind. Some red flags have been reported in the lead up to the draft about him being a diva. He can overcome those concerns during the interviews and visits with teams. 


Overall

Sanders has all the tools to have a quality career in the NFL. To ultimately succeed, I think he will need to go to a team that uses him as a downfield threat as well as getting the ball in his hands in space so he can use his playmaking abilities. You would like to see him go to a more pass happy scheme, with some weapons already in place, where he can exploit mismatches in the secondary. He will mostly likely be selected in the 2nd or 3rd round of the draft. 


NFL Comp: David Njoku, Isiah Likely 



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