2016 NFL Draft under-the-radar player spotlight: Zack Sanchez

The NFL has transformed into a passing league in recent years.

Because of that, it is important to have great defensive players that know the game and can play intelligently. Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez is certainly one of those players.

Sanchez has been one of the more talented defensive backs in the Big 12 during his three seasons in Norman and he was a big reason why the team won the conference before reaching the College Football Playoff this season.

Not only can Sanchez play the pass and make athletic plays on the ball, recording 28 pass deflections in his career, he can also slide down and play the run like a good outside linebacker should be able to.

During his career, he recorded 134 tackles, 5 for loss, and a half sack. He also had 15 interceptions, seven in 2015, one of which he returned for a touchdown this year and his mark this year led the Big 12 as well.

Many believe that Sanchez should come back for one more season with the Sooners, especially with the talented crop of defensive backs in the draft this year like Vernon Hargreaves III and Jalen Ramsey. However, you have to take into account Sanchez’s size as a cornerback as well.

Wherever he lands, Sanchez should be an immediate impact player. Considering he could fall into the middle rounds, that makes him a huge steal for whoever takes a chance on him.

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