Texas tight end Sanders declares for NFL draft
Pete Thamel, ESPNJan 6, 2024, 03:02 PM ET
Star Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders told ESPN he is leaving school early to get in the NFL draft.Sanders is the No. 2 tight end in ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s rankings.”It’s been a youth dream to play college football and get to the NFL, “Sanders said in a phone interview Saturday.”It’s simply a true blessing to be where I’m at today. “Sanders had 45 catches for 682 lawns and 2 touchdowns for Texas this year, ranking No. 3 in receiving backyards among tight ends, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The junior didn’t drop a pass in the previous 13 games, making him one of the draft’s most sure-handed pass-catchers. He informed Texas coach Steve Sarkisian of his choice and stated he got full assistance.”After talking with my household and hoping to God about it and believing long and hard about it, this decision is what’s finest for me and my family,”he stated.”Coach Sark, he supported me in whatever I do. He desires [me to] be terrific in whatever I do. “Sanders said he wishes to prove in the pre-draft process that he is the leading tight end. He said he anticipates to work out with Georgia’s Brock Bowers, considered the leading tight end in the draft, and eagerly anticipates the opportunity to take on him.He touted his flexibility at tight end, as Sanders stated he can line up at any getting spot or with his hand on the ground.”I’m versatile. I can do everything,” he said.Sanders stated he designs his game after Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.” When you look at his game, he slows the game down, “he said.”He understands protections and fronts
. That helps him run the very best routes and get open for his quarterback. “Sanders stated he was appreciative of his family and his coaches at Texas, noting his appreciation for Sarkisian and tight
ends coach Jeff Banks. “I’m beyond grateful. To even get a chance to play at the University of Texas is just a true blessing,”he stated.
“Heading out and playing ultimately to get me where I am today, it’s a dream become a reality and a blessing.”