Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Khalen Saunders

Defensive tackle
School: Western Illinois | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0.5 / 324 | 40: 5.01 | DRAFT YR:2019

Rankings

Grade
3.52
Projected Round
4th
Pos: 
Short, explosive defensive tackle who impacts the game in a variety of ways. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, plays with terrific pad level and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Splits double-team blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage and disrupts the action. Holds his ground and occupies blockers. Displays a variety of moves with his hands and arms to disengage from opponents and shows good change of direction and the ability to pursue down the line to make plays. Keeps his feet moving and his hands active throughout the action, displays upper-body strength and plays with outstanding balance.
Neg: 
Lack of height is an issue, as he will be engulfed by taller opponents. Inconsistent get-off from the snap. Tends to wear down over the course of a game. Average pass rusher.
Analysis: 
Saunders flashed dominance throughout his college career and had a terrific week of practice during the Senior Bowl. He offers possibilities as a three-technique tackle or nose tackle, but he must take his game to the next level and consistently play at a high level. Saunders offers big upside potential and could start at the next level if he learns to do the little things.