NFL Draft Spotlight: Emporia State LB Jordan Sanders (Video)

Jordan Sanders- 2014 NFL Draft Prospect

Jordan Sanders- 2014 NFL Draft Prospect

A quick look at an NFL hopeful that deserves your attention.

Jordan Sanders is a 23 years old native of Warner Robins, Georgia. Sanders attended Warner Robins High School, and graduated in 2008. Out of high school Sanders signed to North Carolina Central University. Due to grades, Jordan transferred to Butler Community College, and took a redshirt for the 2008 Juco National Champions. In 2009 Sanders moved on to Coffeyville Community College, but did not get to play due to a paperwork glitch in his release from Butler.

Jordan ended up walking on at Emporia State University, just hoping to get back on the field. Sanders needed any chance to play, and he took it. His first year at Emporia State was as an ineligible practice player. the follow year, in 2011, Sanders was still a walk-on trying to show the coaches he could play. He made the travel squad by playing special teams, only until week 4, when the coaching staff changed the defense, inserting Sanders as a starting linebacker. Jordan ended the season with 65 stops in just seven starts. The following year, his junior season and still a walk-on, Sanders finished the season with 97 total tackles (52 solo,45 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovered, 2 interceptions), good for second on the team, while earning Honorable mention All-MIAA honors. He also helped Emporia State to the best school record in history, finishing 10-2. It was also the first winning season the program had in 9 years.

Going into his senior season at Emporia State, Sanders was mentioned on some preseason All-America lists after grabbing at least ten tackles in each of the last three games, including a season high 15 in the Kanza Bowl against Texas A&M-Kingsville. Jordan would finish his senior season by helping the program into the playoffs for the first time in 10 years with a 9-2 record. In a first round playoff loss, Sanders had a season-high 19 tackles (10 solo, 9 assisted, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble). He also earned 1st team All-MiAA Honors to end his career at Emporia State University. Jordan ended his senior year with 90 total tackles (50 solo, 40 assisted, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries). Although his career took an awkward, challenging path, Sanders persevered and made the most of the chances given to him at Emporia State. The 6’2, 220 pound prospect now hopes to take his talents to the next level. Enjoy some of Jordan’s highlights below.

Shaun DePasquale (@ShaunDoesDraft)

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