Photo of Ace Sanders
Drafted By: Jaguars
  • Round 4
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 101

Combine Results

68.0 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 7 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.29 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think it's a key pick for them. Not just because he's a quicker wide receiver who can help you in the slot, but he's one of the best (returners)." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'7" Height
  • 29 1/2" Arm Length
  • 173LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands


NFL teams love NFL pedigree. Sanders has those blood lines thanks to his father, Tracy Sanders, who played safety in the league and at Florida State. Despite the connection, Sanders was not offered a scholarship by the Seminoles out of high school and chose South Carolina over West Virginia and Rutgers, among others. Regardless, having the resource of a former NFL defensive back to help with routes in the backyard certainly doesn't hurt.

As a freshman, Sanders played in 14 games and was the team's fourth leading receiver after tallying 25 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns. He emerged as the team's punt returner towards the end of the season. In 2011, Sanders jumped a few spots up the ladder and finished as the team's second receiver, recording 29 catches for 383 yards. He was the first Gamecock to return a punt for a touchdown since 2003, and Sanders started eight games that season. Finally, in 2012, Sanders emerged as a standout punt returner and receiver. He set a school record with 429 yards on 28 punt returns. On top of helping South Carolina win the field position battles, Sanders caught 45 passes for 531 yards and nine touchdowns, starting all 13 games.

Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.