Works back well toward the quarterback, consistently finding a way to uncover and can routinely act like a safety blanket over the middle of the field. However, lacks the type of burst to consistently generate much separation out of his breaks. He exhibits sneaky speed down the field, but isn't a guy who will be able to simply outpace defensive backs in the NFL.
Impression: He is what he is. Will always be a fringe roster type guy in the NFL who might be able to endear himself to an NFL coaching staff and fill out a receiving corps, but doesn't offer much in the form of size, speed or overall quickness."
As a freshman, Sanzenbacher caught 12 passes for 89 yards, including a touchdown on his first college reception. He finished his sophomore year with 21 receptions for 272 yards with one touchdown. He continued to improve his numbers as a junior and racked up 36 catches for 570 yards and six scores. The Ohio native closed his career as a first-team All-Big Ten receiver, leading the team in receptions (55), yards (948), and touchdowns (11).
While Sanzenbacher put up good numbers in college and was an extremely valuable member of the program, he has limited potential to contribute in the NFL. He has below-average speed and he's undersized -- a very poor combination for a receiver and blocker. His high football IQ and good overall awareness could give him a chance to catch on with a team that values smart, tough, consistent receivers.
Strengths: Superb concentration to catch the ball in traffic. Finds a way to bring the ball in even if he doesn't snatch it with his hands. Has quick feet and can beat defenders with head and body fakes. Good awareness as a route-runner and knows how to find the soft spots in the defense. Gets upfield quickly after the catch. Can spin out of tackles. Has good awareness of where the defenders are and can avoid contact after the reception. Intelligent player and seems to be in the right place at the right time. Has good pre-snap awareness and calls out blitzing corners for the offensive linemen.
Weaknesses: Slow to accelerate off the line. Has poor straight-line speed and takes a false step off of the snap. Undersized and offers very little ability to win on jump balls. Easily outmuscled for the ball by strong defensive backs. Catches with his body and fails to adjust to off-the-mark throws. Not very aggressive at the line and prefers to run around defenders. Lacks creativity trying to gain separation and performs the same type of body movement on most routes. Tends to round routes and really lacks explosion in and out of his breaks. Carries the ball loosely as a runner. Terribly ineffective as a pass blocker. Very passive and prefers not to get into the mix and be physical. Not an effective cut blocker. Is more of a pesky blocker; doesn't drive defenders back."
Positive: Dependable, intelligent receiver with a great feel for the position. Quickly gets off the line, sells routes, and comes back to the ball out of breaks, making himself an available target for the quarterback. Solid route runner and gets separation from defenders. Consistently finds a way to get open, displays solid focus, and uses his frame to shield away defenders. Makes the reception with his hands, easily adjusts to the deep ball, and remains focused throughout the action. Goes up for the pass in a crowd and consistently gives effort.
Negative: More of a one-speed receiver and does not stretch the field. Has average size.
Analysis: Sanzenbacher has been a consistent player at Ohio State and possesses the tools necessary to be a productive fifth receiver in the NFL."
Negatives: Below average speed, is not a burner... A little undersized to play on the outside... Not much of a threat after he makes the catch, doesn't have great long speed or elusiveness in the open field... Not a vertical threat, doesn't have great leaping ability and has trouble getting behind the secondary... Plays a little too reckless and absorbs too many hits... Workouts will hurt him, is not going to impress anybody with his measurements."
He has great hands, but is definitely lacking in speed. While he is quick in short areas, he lacks downfield speed; given his height, scouts may be expecting a lot more quickness.
Sanzenbacher will run about a 4.55 to 4.62 40-yard dash, which is really going to hurt his draft stock. He is willing to work between the hash marks and nobody is going to question his toughness, but his lack of NFL size and speed is a big deterrent which greatly limits any potential upside. If he's able to bring that 40-yard dash time down close to 4.50, it'd go a long way for his draft stock.
Sanzenbacher projects as a seventh round pick or undrafted free agent in the 2011 NFL Draft."
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