Drew Sanders – Linebacker
The former five-star prospect out of Texas will likely receive a lot of interest from his in hometown team in the Texas Longhorns but will fill a huge role with Penn State Football.
Linebacker is arguably the biggest need and biggest question mark for the Nittany Lions right now after losing Ellis Brooks and Brandon Smith to the NFL. If the defense wants to continue to be elite under Manny Diaz, they need to make a splash move at the position.
Sanders is listed at six-foot-five and 232 pounds and 247sports has a player comparison for him of Leighton Vander Esch, a former first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Sanders saw limited action with the Tide this season, collecting only 24 tackles, a sack, and two pass breakups but the upside is clearly there for him, as well as being the prototype size of a linebacker.
With Curtis Jacobs set to move into the box, Sanders would fit perfectly next to him. Kobe King and Jamari Buddin figure to be in line to start at middle linebacker next season, but neither of them has much playing experience and are question marks heading into the offseason.