We have talked, and talked, and talked some more about the apparent need for the New York Giants to add some young talent to the offensive line before the 2012 NFL season opens.
With that in mind, let's use today's 2012 NFL Draft Prospect Profile to discuss Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders.
The 6-foot-6, 307-pound Sanders was considered a late first-round possibility until a poor showing in January at the Senior Bowl. After watching him struggle for a week during that showcase event for NFL hopefuls, Wes Bunting of the National Football Post wrote this:
"Sanders had a nightmare trying to block power off the edge all week. He lacks a great anchor and would get overextended in order to overcompensate for it. Overall, he looks more like a developmental athlete at the position who has the range/athleticism to make it, but is going to need to get stronger in the lower half in order to have a chance."
According to Bunting, Sanders can play both sides but has more experience at right tackle. Here is what Bunting said in his full scouting report:
"A natural athlete who can bend and is athletic. However, struggles with power and makes too many lineman look like good pass rushers toward the edge because of it. Needs to get stronger to have a chance."
CBS Sports rates Sanders as the fifth-best offensive tackle prospect in the draft and the No. 46 overall prospect.
CBS also referenced the poor week Sanders had at the Senior Bowl, but is still high on him as a long-term NFL player:
"He had a chance to emerge as the top tackle in the senior class, securing a slot in the first round. However after a poor week, Sanders looks more like a second-round development prospect, similar to former Southern Cal tackle Charles Brown, a second-round pick of the Saints. ... There is a case that Sanders is a legit First Round OLT prospect. There certainly have been lesser prospects picked in the First Round. The few times Sanders did struggle in 2011, it was against superior quickness, especially against Florida as an OLT. He looked better against Clemson's speedy pass rushers as an ORT. Sanders has good quickness, but not elite quickness. Given his superior power, Sanders could easily justify a late First - early Second Round grade as an ORT prospect. Either way, Sanders is an athletically gifted prospect who projects to quickly start in just about every OL scheme the NFL uses."
Zebrie Sanders Profile
Weight: 307 pounds
School: Florida State