Drew Sanders, Arkansas, NFL Draft, 2023

Drew Sanders 2023 NFL Draft


This 2023 NFL Draft scouting report on Drew Sanders was provided by Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Make sure to check the links and tags below for more draft profiles!


2023 NFL Draft: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas


Drew Sanders, 2023 NFL Draft, linebacker, Arkansas, Alabama

Grading scale: Poor 1 Elite 10 COD: Change of Direction



Caballero advised that Drew Sanders is among his favorite prospects for the entire 2023 NFL Draft class. Sanders has the look of a linebacker that is ready to step in and contribute to an NFL team from day one.

Caballero likes how this 2023 NFL Draft linebacker prospect from Arkansas goes all out all game. Has the dog factor in spades as he plays like his hair is on fire according to Caballero. Solid in all facets of the linebacker position. Has to improve in pass coverage but has the skill set to do so.

Sanders will bring good speed to the LB room of any team that selects him. Plays fast both downhill and laterally. Caballero said, “Drew is really good at blitzing with good timing.” What stands out most while watching the game film on Sanders is his tackling ability. He is 6’4″ but Sanders still gets low as he squares up to pop and wrap up the ball carrier. There are not many yards after contact when Sanders makes that hit.

Drew Sanders’ eyes read and diagnose the play lightning fast. Good at stacking and shredding would-be blockers with his long arms. His change of direction moves looks natural. Can drop back and stop then charge ahead in the direction of the ball with ease. Good range sideline to sideline but also looks comfortable playing in tight spaces.


By the Numbers


Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2020 Alabama SEC FR LB 8 4 5 9 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2021 Alabama SEC SO LB 7 12 12 24 2.5 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0
*2022 Arkansas SEC JR LB 12 40 63 103 13.5 9.5 1 13 13.0 0 5 1 0 0 3
Career Overall 56 80 136 16.0 10.5 1 13 13.0 0 7 1 0 0 3
Alabama 16 17 33 2.5 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Arkansas 40 63 103 13.5 9.5 1 13 13.0 0 5 1 0 0 3
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/23/2023.


The Prospect Sheet


Drew Sanders attended Ryan High School (HS) in Denton, Texas. A highly recruited player coming out of high school that got offers from some of the top football college powerhouses. Had that natural ability to make it at several positions in college. He originally enrolled and played at Alabama for two seasons before transferring to Arkansas for the 2022 season. Had an offer from Arkansas out of high school but chose Bama. Sanders also had an offer from Oklahoma coming out of HS which he verbally committed to before changing his mind to go to Bama.

Other schools that offered Sanders were USC, Stanford, Texas, Baylor, and others. (Source: 247sports.com). Drew has been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.


Draft projection: 1st or 2nd round


Overall, Caballero feels that Drew Sanders will be a long-time starter in the NFL with the ability to play at an All-Pro level. 


Strengths: Drew Sanders


  1. Pass rush/blitzing
  2. Speed~downhill and laterally
  3. Change of direction
  4. Shredding blocks
  5. The Dog factor


Areas of concern:


  1. Coverage skills will need work
  2. Just 1 year as a full-time starter


Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting


Drew Sanders, scouting report, 2023 NFL Draft


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