NFL Draft Profile: Cincinnati EDGE Myjai Sanders

by Pat Pryor
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Cincinnati edge rusher Myjai Sanders is a talented player entering the 2022 NFL Draft and was a force on the Bearcats defense. He was a 2022 Senior Bowl attendee on Jets’ roster. 2020 and 2021 First-Team All-ACC. Sanders doesn’t have any injury concerns.

NFL Draft Measurables

Height 6’5 2/8″ Wingspan 79-7/8” Vertical 33″
Weight 228 40-time 4.67 Bench N/A
Hand 9-1/4″ Shuttle 4.37 3-Cone N/A
Arm 32-5/8″ Broad Jump 10″ RAS 9.03u

 

How We Grade

Grade Player Meaning Grade Player Meaning
9.5-10 Generational Player 6-6.4 Average Starter
9-9.4 Perennial All-Pro, Top of Position 5.5-5.9 Below-Average Starter
8.5-9 Perennial Pro-Bowler 5-5.4 Developmental Player
8-8.4 Very Good 4.5-4.9 Special Teams Player
7.5-7.9 Talented Player 4-4.4 Practice Squad
7-7.4 High-End Starter 3-4 Journeyman PS
6.5-6.9 Slightly Above Average 0-2 Free Agent

NFL Draft Evaluation

Explosiveness 7 Bend 6.5
Strength 7.25 Versatility 5
Agility 6 Awareness 7
Speed 6 Motor 7.5
Pass Rush 7.25 Size 4.5
Run Defense 5.25
Hand Usage 7.25
Tackling 6.25 Overall 648

Strengths

Majai Sanders has very quick and twitchy hand movement. Moves well laterally along the line. Has good leg drive. Nice first step and explosiveness. High motor player in the NFL Draft who is relentless when trying to rush the quarterback. Very good length, knocks down balls at the line of scrimmage. Able to get off standing up or with a hand in the dirt. Able to disengage and reach for the runner after they get around the edge. Quality bend in agility. Watches backfield with above average play recognition.

Weaknesses

Average height and very underweight in the NFL Draft. Average speed at best. Gets swallowed up when trying to set the edge. Has length neutralized against the run without great arm movement. Relies on first contact and explosiveness to get past blockers. Does not have much of a gameplan when rushing.

Summary

If you need to add juice to your pass rush, Myjai Sanders is your guy in the NFL Draft. However, you won’t want to put him in on rushing downs. He’s going to be smaller than any lineman he faces, but still brings explosiveness, leg drive, and speed at them. At worst, you’d be getting a rotational player with high rushing upside.

At best, he puts on weight, and learns to utilize his length to set the edge. His high floor as a pass rusher will make him appealing to many teams, but some will have questions about his size.

Round Grade: 4th
Team Fits: NYG, ATL, GB
Floor: 3rd down pass rusher, rotational player
Ceiling: Average defenisve end

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