Bills take OT Sanders in 5th RD

April 28, 2012 Updated Apr 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM EDT

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Bills take OT Sanders in 5th RD

April 28, 2012 Updated Apr 28, 2012 at 3:43 PM EDT

Orchard Park (WKBW.com) The Buffalo Bills went back to the offensive side of the ball in the 5th round on Saturday by taking Zebrie Sanders an Offensive Tackle out of Florida State with the 144th overall pick.



Sanders stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 320 pounds. In 2011 he started the first five games at right tackle before moving to left tackle for the remainder of the season. Sanders is considered a developmental project who the Bills see as depth at both left and right tackle.



Below is the transcript from Bills scout Darrell Moody on the pick.



On what they liked about T Zebrie Sanders:



He’s got good size. He’s got good length. He’s played right and left tackle at Florida State. He started the season at right tackle. The left tackle had a shoulder injury and they moved him to left. He was a productive player at both positions, at right and left. I thought initially that he would be a left tackle, but now I’m not sure whether he’s a right tackle or a left tackle. Joe (D’Alessandris) will just have to work at that and develop that. I think he’s more of a developing player than Cordy (Glenn).



On his thoughts of Sanders being at the left and right tackle position:



When he played at left tackle he looked more athletic at right tackle to me than he did at left tackle. Now that could be because he had played right tackle all the time prior to that. Because all a sudden now you’re stepping with a completely different foot and everything’s backwards to you. But he’s a guy that has the size that we’re looking for. I think he’s got a good athletic ability, not great. He’s got good length. He’s a guy that’s going to take a while to develop.



On what he needs to work on to develop:



I think you’d like to see him play a little stronger. You’d like to see him be more consistent with his hand placement. His hand placement will get outside the frame at times and when you do that you’re basically blocking with one hand or no hands. Those are things that can be corrected and he does those things at times but he’s not consistent at it.



On what they liked about T Zebrie Sanders:



He’s got good size. He’s got good length. He’s played right and left tackle at Florida State. He started the season at right tackle. The left tackle had a shoulder injury and they moved him to left. He was a productive player at both positions, at right and left. I thought initially that he would be a left tackle, but now I’m not sure whether he’s a right tackle or a left tackle. Joe (D’Alessandris) will just have to work at that and develop that. I think he’s more of a developing player than Cordy (Glenn).



On his thoughts of Sanders being at the left and right tackle position:



When he played at left tackle he looked more athletic at right tackle to me than he did at left tackle. Now that could be because he had played right tackle all the time prior to that. Because all a sudden now you’re stepping with a completely different foot and everything’s backwards to you. But he’s a guy that has the size that we’re looking for. I think he’s got a good athletic ability, not great. He’s got good length. He’s a guy that’s going to take a while to develop.



On what he needs to work on to develop:



I think you’d like to see him play a little stronger. You’d like to see him be more consistent with his hand placement. His hand placement will get outside the frame at times and when you do that you’re basically blocking with one hand or no hands. Those are things that can be corrected and he does those things at times but he’s not consistent at it.



On what his demeanor off the field is like:



Well I’ve seen him when I thought he was physical and showed some nastiness, and I’ve seen him when I thought he was more of a finesse player. I don’t think his personality is to be a nasty player but at times he shows that.



On if he’s more of a run or pass-blocker, or a balance:
On what they liked about T Zebrie Sanders:



He’s got good size. He’s got good length. He’s played right and left tackle at Florida State. He started the season at right tackle. The left tackle had a shoulder injury and they moved him to left. He was a productive player at both positions, at right and left. I thought initially that he would be a left tackle, but now I’m not sure whether he’s a right tackle or a left tackle. Joe (D’Alessandris) will just have to work at that and develop that. I think he’s more of a developing player than Cordy (Glenn).




On his thoughts of Sanders being at the left and right tackle position:



When he played at left tackle he looked more athletic at right tackle to me than he did at left tackle. Now that could be because he had played right tackle all the time prior to that. Because all a sudden now you’re stepping with a completely different foot and everything’s backwards to you. But he’s a guy that has the size that we’re looking for. I think he’s got a good athletic ability, not great. He’s got good length. He’s a guy that’s going to take a while to develop.




On what he needs to work on to develop:



I think you’d like to see him play a little stronger. You’d like to see him be more consistent with his hand placement. His hand placement will get outside the frame at times and when you do that you’re basically blocking with one hand or no hands. Those are things that can be corrected and he does those things at times but he’s not consistent at it.




On what his demeanor off the field is like:



Well I’ve seen him when I thought he was physical and showed some nastiness, and I’ve seen him when I thought he was more of a finesse player. I don’t think his personality is to be a nasty player but at times he shows that.



On if he’s more of a run or pass-blocker, or a balance:



I think he’s balanced. I think he’s going to need some developing in both places. I think any time you talk offensive lineman late in the draft I think there’s going to be some developing time with him.



Well I’ve seen him when I thought he was physical and showed some nastiness, and I’ve seen him when I thought he was more of a finesse player. I don’t think his personality is to be a nasty player but at times he shows that.



On if he’s more of a run or pass-blocker, or a balance:



I think he’s balanced. I think he’s going to need some developing in both places. I think any time you talk offensive lineman late in the draft I think there’s going to be some developing time with him.

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