Behind only Raiders first-round pick Josh Jacobs, Sanders is just the second back chosen in this year's draft class. After watching Giants sensation Saquon Barkley from the sidelines early in his career with the Nittany Lions, Sanders enjoyed a breakout junior season with 1,274 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2018.
Although NFL Network analyst Charles Davis compared Sanders to Titans scatback Dion Lewis, the Eagles' newest offensive weapon also shares All-Pro Le'Veon Bell's patient, bouncing style. In contrast to Bell, however, Sanders faces skepticism about his ability to get away with that indecisiveness and a penchant for bouncing runs outside at the NFL level.
"Sanders played behind a great back but at least had one solid year of starting," one scout offered to Bob McGinn Football. "I love him. Looks the part. He'll just get better. Super kid."
More of a possession receiver and red-zone threat as opposed to a speed demon, Arcega-Whiteside led the nation with 40 contested catches over the past two years, showcasing the rebounding skills that served him well in his years as a basketball star.