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Prospect Primer: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Transfer from Alabama showcased top-flight skills in lone year as full-time collegiate starter

Prospect Primer: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Prospect Primer: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas has consulted more than two dozen mock drafts from reputable national outlets and compiled a list of players most frequently mocked as draft selections in the middle portion of the first round (picks 10-20) who could fit Green Bay's potential roster needs.

Between now and draft day, when the Packers own the No. 15 overall selection in the first round, those players will be profiled with thumbnail sketches and videos known as "Prospect Primers."

Today's player is …

Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Height/Weight: 6-4, 235

Key stats: In 2022, posted team-best 103 tackles, along with 9½ sacks among 13½ tackles for loss, plus three forced fumbles, one interception and six passes defensed.

College honors: Named first-team All-America by AP and second-team selection by several other outlets, plus first-team All-SEC and a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Background/other info: Played two years at Alabama as a highly rated recruit out of Texas, starting three games as a sophomore in 2021, before transferring to Arkansas and bursting on the scene as one of the nation's top inside linebackers. Became his school's first finalist for the Butkus Award, and its first AP All-America first-team selection in nearly 60 years. His 9½ sacks last season were the most by a Razorbacks defender since 2012, and his pass-rush skills have given consideration to being deployed at the next level as a situational edge rusher, which was his initial role at Alabama. Versatility to play the off-ball middle or on-ball edge could be attractive to teams looking for another athletic piece to their defensive front seven, but either way projects as an immediate impact player.