Miles Sanders is in a Solid Position After Day 1 of the NFL Draft

By Matt de Bear on April 26, 2019 at 9:01 am
Feb 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State running back Miles Sanders (RB20) speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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More than a few eyebrows were raised when Miles Sanders elected to enter the NFL Draft a few months back. All he has done since then is turn heads, and make believers out of skeptics. With Alabama's Josh Jacobs off to the Oakland/soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders at No. 24 in the first round, Sanders could be the first back off of the board when day two of the draft gets underway later today.

Sanders coming out party took place last month during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, especially in the 40-yard dash. Sanders turned in a 4.49, sixth best among the running backs in attendance, and among the biggest players to put up such a time. He also put up 20 reps on the bench press to go along with a 36" vertical, and 10'-4" broad jump. Impressive numbers for a guy that checked in at 5'11, 210 lbs. His on-field work was just as solid, turning in the third best shuttle time, and top three-cone drill among all running backs.

With Jacobs off the board, Sanders is rated as ESPN's top running back available, while puts him as No. 2 behind Iowa State's David Montgomery.

Round two gets underway at 7 p.m. tonight on ESPN and NFL Network. You can check out where the rest of the Penn State draft class sits in our draft preview.