Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State

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Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Sat Apr 09, 2011 10:39 pm

Ohio State Senior
40: 4.62


Has good speed and gets a nice release off the line. Shows sudden quickness into and out of his breaks as a route-runner and can separate. Shows nice hands and able to make the diving grab over the middle. Occasionally will go up for the ball, sacrificing his body and does a better job in traffic than most receivers of his size. Does a good job on the crossing routes, with the speed to separate from defenders. Shows quickness after the catch to make the first guy miss. Gives effort as a blocker downfield and shows some ability to get position in space.


Is undersized and has a small frame and build. Not a great blocker and only adequate in space. Body catches a bit too much and will drop some throws due to lapses in concentration. Dances a bit too much at times after the catch looking for the big play.


Sanzenbacher is a good college slot receiver that has good speed and quickness, and has nice hands. He fits best as a No. 3 slot guy at the next level, but his lack of ideal size, burner speed, and inconsistent hands will make it tough to distinguish himself at the next level. He served as the No. 3 slot guy for the most part the past three seasons and had his best year as a senior with 55 catches for 948 yards (17.2 avg) and 11 touchdowns.


Sanzenbacher is a good player, but he'll have to make an early impact on special teams to really stand out from other options. He's limited to being just a slot receiver at the next level, and while that can work in some offenses, other teams will avoid him because they want more interchangeable options there. And if given the opportunity, he can be a decent No. 3 option for a team that can give you 20-30 catches in a given season. But because of his inability to add value on the outside, he's not ideal depth compared to someone who can play both in the slot and outside. So that's why he'll have to perform well on special teams to really stick. He has limited experience as a returner, although he shows enough speed and quickness to think he can be a competent punt returner if given the chance. So he'll probably have to turn into a star gunner. I think he can be a nice No. 4 or 5 receiver on most teams, but because of his one-dimensionality, he'll probably be a journeyman in the Mike Furrey mold. He can definitely play in the pros, but unless he shines on special teams or develops a strong rapport with a QB, then he'll have trouble sticking long-term anywhere.


Sanzenbacher can basically do what Douglas does currently for the Falcons. But probably won't do it better, because at least Douglas is more proven as a returner. Sanzenbacher if he really shines on special teams has a chance to contribute and play as a No. 5 option in Atlanta, but long-term he probably doesn't offer a ton of upside offensively because he's mainly a guy that can give you 20-25 catches as a third or fourth option. But in Atlanta, he's more likely the guy they turn to when they are in a pinch, not the guy that becomes a regular part of their offense.


For a team looking for a slot option that can potentially develop, Sanzenbacher might merit a seventh round pick, but because of his unproven ability on special teams and lack of a starter's upside, you'd be more comfortable signing him as an undrafted free agent.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Hands: 3.0
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.0
Range: 2.0
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