Draft Capsule: WR Ace Sanders

Draft Capsule: WR Ace Sanders
March 13, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Ace Sanders (WR), South Carolina

5-7 | 173 lbs.

2012 Stats:

36 REC, 439 YDS, 7 TD | 25 PR, 14.5 AVG, TD

Projection:

5th Round

Strengths:

Sanders was one of the most explosive players in the country during his time at South Carolina. Is a nightmare to tackle at times, using his elusiveness to slip by defenders. Very patient in the return game, sees the open field well and waits for his blocks to develop. Great speed to pull away from defenders in the open field. Doesn't shy away from physical contact despite his size. Son of former Florida State and NFL defensive back Tracy Sanders.

Weaknesses:

Size will always be an issue for Sanders, standing at only 5'7, he's the smallest wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. Isn't a complete receiver, used mainly on screen plays and as a deep threat in the Gamecocks' offense. Can be careless with the ball, not switching it to his outside arm. Still raw as a wide receiver.

Fit for the Bears:

The need for another wide receiver seems to be on Phil Emery's wishlist after cutting ties with Johnny Knox and the uncertainty surrounding Devin Hester. The Bears need to find more speed at the wideout position and Sanders could fill that need with one of Chicago's later selections. At the Combine, Sanders talked about how much he loved playing with Alshon Jeffery at South Carolina and would embrace the opportunity to be teammates with him in the NFL. If used right, Sanders could provide value in the slot and as a deep threat in Marc Trestman's offense.