The Jacksonville Jaguars selected former South Carolina wide receiver/kick returner, Ace Sanders, in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. For an offense that is looking for additional playmakers, Sanders certainly fits that mold. Though he is only 5’7″ 178 pounds, Sanders captured the imagination of fans everywhere with some of his dazzling punt returns last season as a Gamecock.
The Jaguars hope he can impress their fans as well and more importantly help add some life to their return game and offense. Expect for Sanders to take on the punt return duties for Jacksonville in 2013. He was one of the top punt returners in all of college football during the 2012 season. Sanders may need some time to acclimate to the pro game, but he should still be able to produce explosive plays in the punt return game. When considering how much the Jaguars offense struggled last season, better field position will help ease some of the offensive woes experienced in the past. Expect for Sanders to also be in the mix to see action as a kickoff returner.
While Sanders was not an overly productive receiver in his college career, he does boast outstanding acceleration, quickness, and agility. These attributes will allow him to develop into a solid slot receiver for coordinator, Jedd Fisch, and his offense. His big-play potential is something that all coaches will look to tap into and utilize.
Regardless of what form his touches come in, expect Sanders to make the most of them and threaten for a large play each time. Prior to the draft, many experts billed Sanders as a possible second round pick. Jacksonville being able to select him in the fourth round should turn out to be a great value pick for the franchise.