Demonstrates good physicality after the catch, uses a nasty stiff arm to shrug off defenders and is a load to bring down in the open field. However, isn’t a real natural receiver, lets the ball routinely get into his body, doesn’t look comfortable extending his arms and isn’t a real natural plucker. But, he possesses a pretty good feel in coverage, can sit down underneath and works well to find throwing lanes/soft spots vs. zone. Will battle in jump ball situations and aggressively go up and make a play at the highest point.
Isn’t a real impressive short-area route runner at this stage, tends to start to drift into his routes early and too often uses his speed to simply run away from coverage. But, doesn’t exhibit the type of short-area quickness to suddenly/cleanly separate in a tight areas and adjust to the throw.
Possesses good size as a blocker, but doesn’t generate a real burst off the football, gets high into blocks and doesn’t generate much movement off the snap. Displays good balance through the play and consistently is able to extend his arms into contact, but isn’t the type of dominant blocker his frame would indicate.
Impression: A gifted size/speed athlete who has a lot of upside in all areas of the game. Now, he isn’t a real polished short-area route runner and doesn’t block with great leverage, but the skill set is there for him to make plays in the pass game both on the line and split out at the next level."
Still, there is no denying the tight end's skill level. He is a huge target, especially in the red zone, at 6'5'' and 270 pounds. Saunders has been clocked as fast as 4.72 in the 40-yard dash, and he will really have to display those talents at the NFL combine due to the fact that he was invisible this entire season. Saunders looked like a third-round selection who could have played his way into a more favorable draft spot, but now he looks like a third-rounder at best."
His upside is IMMENSE. He's raw, but he's got all the athletic skills, combined with a perfect frame, to become an All Pro Tight End, Wing End, or ~ best of all ~ Wing Back.
His downside, however, is ENORMOUS.
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