NFL.com Mock Draft Projects Miles Sanders in the First Round

By Michael Stanley on March 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
Former Penn State Runningback Miles Sanders

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Mock Draft season is in full force. Peter Schrager of NFL.com released his latest mock draft with Miles Sanders going in the first round. He has Sanders landing at No. 31 to the defending NFC champs, the Los Angeles Rams, coming off the board as the second running back behind Alabama's Josh Jacobs.

Sanders' stock draft has soared over the offseason. Scouts saw Sanders as nothing more than a north-south runner with average breakaway speed who had never truly shown his capability as a pass-catcher. At the NFL Combine in February, Sanders showed the athleticism necessary to be an early draft pick as a running back. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, 4.19 shuttle, had a 36" vertical jump, and 20 reps on the bench press. Those all showed the strength, speed, agility, and explosiveness Penn State fans got to witness. Then at Penn State's Pro Day, Sanders showed his smoothness as a pass catcher, proving he can be a three-down back in the NFL.

The specific pick in interesting, though. The Rams already have one of the best running backs in the NFL in Todd Gurley. The playoffs proved how important it is to have two capable backs. When Gurley goes down or needs a break, a well-rested and healthy Miles Sanders could be another good back to come in, giving defenses fits. It could be quite the two-headed monster for the Rams.

In another mock draft by Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports, Wilson has both Miles Sanders and cornerback Amani Oruwariye going in the second round. Wilson has Oruwariye going with the 7th pick in the second round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Sanders going with the 25th pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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