BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who totaled 33 tackles as a senior after 16/3/1 the previous year.
POSITIVES: Hard-charging defender who gives effort until the whistle blows. Plays with good pad level, fluid changing direction, and effectively collapses down the line to make plays. Flashes speed off the edge, deceptively strong, and defeats blocks on his way to the action. Solid special teams player who helps out on coverage units.
NEGATIVES: Must develop more moves with his hands. Slow locating the ball and pursues the action too aggressively. Undersized and handled by larger opponents.
ANALYSIS: Saunders has shown a steady line of progress the past two seasons and offers possibilities as a pass-rushing specialist who can be lined up in a three-point stance or stood up over tackle.