January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders (1) runs with the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Michigan Wolverines 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Draft Watch: Acing The WR/PR Value - Ace Sanders

At 5’8″ and 175 lbs Ace Sanders is not a prototypical Wide Receiver in NFL standard. But while his ideal size lacks, his on field productivity does not.

2012 season stats:

45 receptions, 531 yards, 9 touchdowns

29 punt returns, 429 yards, 2 touchdowns

So why should the Chargers take a closer look at this South Carolina prospect?

For a lack of better words, “Ace is a special teams ace.” He blazed the 40 yard dash in college at 4.38 seconds and is even more quick than fast. For being 175 lbs, he can magnificently shed tackles with ease. Guys like Ted Ginn Jr., Trindon Holliday, and Brandon Banks are making it clear that there is a role to be had in the NFL as a return specialist. If any of you remember the 2010 season game against the Seahawks when return specialist Leon Washington ripped the Chargers special teams for two key touchdowns in a close 27-20 victory over the Bolts, then you will know the key role this has in games. I am very interested to see how he performs at the 2013 NFL scouting combine as he is very quick and agile. He could very well be top 5 in all cone drills. Look for Ace as he is under the radar, and above the competition.


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