2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ja’Tavion Sanders

Ja'Tavion Sanders, Texas

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE Texas


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Ja’Tavion Sanders, a prospect at tight end for the University of Texas. Out of Denton, Texas, Sanders Billy Ryan High School. He was a WR and DE in high school, dominating on both sides of the ball.

A 5-star recruit, the ultra-athletic and versatile Sanders received offers from the top institutions in the country. Ultimately, he decided to stay close to home and become a Longhorn.

After spending his first full season on special teams, Sanders has earned back-to-back First Team All-Big 12 honors.


Measurables

Height: 6’4” (41st-percentile)                                 

Weight: 252 lbs (45th-percentile)

Age: 20.8                                                  

Class: Junior


NCAA Statistics

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2021TexasBig 12FRTE12000000000
*2022TexasBig 12SO135461311.450005461311.45
*2023TexasBig 12JRTE144568215.2211212.004669415.12
CareerTexas99129513.1711212.00100130713.17
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 1/31/2024.

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Good lateral movement, both in the screen game and as a blocker
  • Quick feet and great hands
  • Exceptional YAC ability and is dynamic in the open field
  • Fast for a TE, which can create mismatches with defenders
  • Open-field blocking is solid

Weaknesses

  • Not a very good blocker, hard to envision an in-line role at the next level
  • More of a developmental project than other recent top-tier rookie TEs
  • Not an excellent route runner, but he’s a good
  • Production was solid but nothing exceptional, especially in the red zone

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Mid/Late 2nd Round

Ideal Landing Spot: Houston Texans

Ja'Tavion Sanders Texas
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

I love the idea of Sanders joining the Houston Texans at the 59th overall pick. We know Tank Dell and Nico Collins are the future at wide receiver, but Dalton Schultz is a free agent and Brevin Jordan is cheap. Sanders working in the screen game in Houston is also enticing.

Given that Dell works the short to intermediate field and Nico is an intermediate to deep threat, the Texans lack a short, check-down type player. Last year, that was a lot of Devin Singletary, but he was also carrying the load on the ground. To diversify the offence, a Schultz-type player is needed. Sanders could develop into that with a little more juice.

Though I still think Sanders will need some time to develop, getting on the field with an excellent young QB in CJ Stroud is too good to pass up. Immediate production is the name of the game, so placing him right in the middle of an ascending offence is enticing.

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