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Prospect Profiles: Dane Sanzenbacher

DANE SANZENBACHER, WR, OHIO STATE

Triangle Numbers: 5-11, 182, 4.59

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Catches everything, rarely drops the football… Tough player, likes to work the middle of the field, isn’t afraid to get hit… Dependable… Great route runner… Simply knows how to get open, finds soft spots in zone coverage and gets separation when faced with man coverage… Makes all of the tough catches… Great intangibles, does a lot of community work… 2010 Ohio State team MVP and 2010 Team Most Inspirational Player… Good fit in a west coast offense… Ideal fit as a slot receiver.

Negatives: Below average speed, is not a burner… Takes too many false steps at the line of scrimmage… 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.

National Football Post:

A limited receiver in what he can offer an NFL offense. A slot guy only who struggles to slip press coverage off the line and quickly get into his routes. However, has a real savvy about his game, knows how to set up corners, find soft spots underneath and possesses the toughness to go up and make a play on the football. 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.

FF Toolbox:

Ohio State University wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher is an undersized, but quick slot player who may never be a team’s top receiver, but he could be a solid pro further down on the depth chart.Sanzenbacher has 52 receptions for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has a knack for finding the seams in zones and getting separation in man-to-man coverage. Scouts love his work ethic and in the right offense, he could excel.

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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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Dane Sanzenbacher is a late round receiver prospect. He’s gritty, catches everything, but just doesn’t have the speed or quickness to be a major impact on offense. As 5th option, he’s great. Will contribute on special teams.Hard working, he will be a favorite of the coaches. 7th round, maybe free agent, he’s the type of guy you have trouble cutting.

 

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