Certain players may not meet the prototypical measurables, yet their play on the field warrants attention. One such player from the class of 2013 is Monarch defensive lineman Jon Sanders. At 5-11 227 pounds and running in the 4.9s, Sanders is the epitome of a tweener, too small for the line and lacking the speed for backer.
A closer look at Sander’s game reveals a player who uses motor, leverage and smarts to overcome any athletic deficiencies to produce on the field. Working as linebacker Sanders was an All-Conference selection his sophomore season. This past season, as a junior, Sanders moved to the defensive line, once again gaining All-Conference accolades. Moving up and down the defensive line, playing multiple positions, Sanders employs a good first step with great leverage to make plays. Sanders is especially adept at taking on and defeating blockers, staying in position to make plays. A nonstop motor and the mentality of not giving up on plays allow Sanders to get a piece of, or finish plays.
Players like Sanders create a dilemma for college coaches, but in the right system, at the right level Sanders will contribute. Potentially Sanders’ skill set could best serve a team with him playing defensive end in a four man front. Due to his experience playing linebacker Sanders could, at times, play up as an outside backer. RMAC schools would be well served to take a look at this player.