2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Robert Sands
Player Name: Robert Sands
Position: Free Safety
School: West Virginia
Everybody that sees Sands falls in love with his size. He’s tall and thick at 6’5. Sands is physical and athletic. He can hit you over the middle and doesn’t mind helping in run support. He can locate the ball quite well and his height gives him an advantage. Sands has an excellent motor and is always looking for a bit hit. He doesn’t have reliable hands, but he can still pick the ball out of the air and his long arms help him deflect passes. He is best in a two deep zone, but can play centerfield if needed, as he has the speed to do so. He hasn’t missed a game since starting as a freshman. He has the versatility to play both safety positions.
Sands struggles at times in man coverage, as he plays a bit stiff at times and doesn’t change direction very well. His instincts are average at best, and sometimes his eyes get caught in the backfield. He tends to go for the big hit at times, rather than playing the ball. He doesn’t always wrap up, and tries to shoulder tackle up high, causing him to miss tackles. When going to tackle, he takes bad angles at times, and has to redirect to get back in his proper lane.
Sands’ athletic ability should propel him a bit higher in the draft than he may deserve to go. He’s a third round talent that could go as high as the late second round, and should fall no later than the beginning of the fourth. Look for him to come off the board between picks 70 and 90 with Dallas, Houston, Oakland, Detroit, St. Louis and Miami being excellent spots for him to be selected.
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