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Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profiles: Ace Sanders, Wide Receiver, South Carolina

Does WR/PR Ace Sanders fit with the Redskins' draft strategy? What are the pros and cons to drafting this underclassman?


Measurements: Height: 5'7", Weight: 173 lbs

Projected Round: 5

Why he would be a good Redskin:

Call him your "Ace in the Hole" or simply your "Special Teams Ace." Whatever pun you choose, Ace Sanders is a big thing in a small package. Sanders' immediate impact would be as a punt returner where he could be the most electrifying return specialist in this year's draft behind Tavon Austin. His acceleration and agility make him a prime candidate for the slot-back role in the Triple Option (if Kyle wants it back). Sanders also provides potential as a slot receiver. He has the quick-twitch mechanics that great slot receivers require.

Why he won't be drafted by the Redskins:

It's a luxury pick. With his play-making potential the Redskins may have to reach with their 4th round pick to secure him. With depth concerns at secondary and offensive line, drafting a return specialist may be a luxury they cannot afford. Also, Sanders (an underclassman) does not have the full body of work that many would like to see from a receiver. Tack on the fact that he will remind people of Brandon Banks with his small frame and you can see why the Redskins may shy away.

Bottom Line:

Let's be honest, the Redskins wanted Eddie Royal last off-season to be that slot receiver/punt returner. Santana proved himself worthy to stick around another year but you have to believe Shanahan will come out of this draft with one new play-making toy. Give Ace a year to learn patience and Zone gap reads from Santana and he could be a dangerous slot receiver but if I'm Keith Burns on draft day, I'm standing on a table for Ace Sanders.