Sanders Commings, CB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Augusta, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 216 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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132174

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.412.531.58- 34 1/29'9"4.307.10
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Despite weighing heavier than anticipated at the Senior Bowl, Commings has a lean, athletic upper body, thick lower-half and surprisingly loose hips. He is at his best locked up in press-man coverage. Often extends one arm to gauge which direction the receiver is leaning, while turning to run. He shows good balance and at least moderate straight-line speed to continue with receivers throughout the route.

Sneaks peeks at the quarterback throughout the route and has the body control to turn quickly, locate the ball and make a play on it, showing quickness and hand-eye coordination to either slap away passes or make the interception.

A bit inconsistent as a run defender but shows no hesitancy when on an island, fighting through blocks to keep his containment responsibilities and make the tackle when in position to do so. When others are in the area, he'll let them do the dirty work but will reach in to rip at the ball. Good late burst to recover when in pursuit and shows the strength to pull ball-carriers to the ground.

WEAKNESSES: Will be viewed by some as a classic 'tweener as Commings struggles at cornerback when not in press-man. Allows receivers to eat up the cushion when playing off and can get left in the dust on double-moves. Inconsistent technique and hustle in run support, allowing others to fight the pile. Has to show more lateral agility and flexibility in avoiding blockers when blitzing. Too easily contained by running backs. Character red-flag. Was suspended for the first two games of the 2012 season following a 2011 arrest on a domestic violence charge.

Compares to: Tanard Jackson, SS, Washington Redskins

Player Overview

Though the majority of Commings' 35 career starts came at cornerback, many see his NFL future at safety given his size and physicality.

Transitioning to a new position shouldn't be a problem for Commings. Not only did he see extensive time at safety while with the Bulldogs, he saw time as a traditional centerfielder in baseball, as well, earning the Arizona Diamondbacks' draft selection in the 37th round of the 2008 draft as a prep. Commings considered playing for Georgia's baseball team as late as 2010 but ultimately elected to stick with football. Perhaps not coincidentally, his playing time increased as did his focus on the gridiron.

Commings emerged as a nine game starter in 2010 as the Bulldogs transitioned from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme. Requiring more size and physicality from their cornerbacks and having two solid starters at safety in Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams, Commings quickly emerged as a standout on the perimeter, registering 36 tackles and three interceptions.

Commings started all 14 games of the 2011 season, racking up 55 tackles, including four tackles for loss, 12 passes broken up and an interception to go along with both a forced and recovered fumble. He showed improved ball skills as a senior, catching three of the five passes defended in 2012 while also nearly matching his junior season's tackle numbers with 51 total stops despite missing the first two games due to a troubling suspension.

Measuring in shorter and heavier than listed at Georgia (6-2, 216), Commings may have to run well during workouts to remain at cornerback for some clubs. Regardless of where he ultimately lines up in an NFL secondary, Commings has the traits to stick.

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03/28/2013 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at Georgia's pro day on Thursday for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in approximately 40-degree temperatures. Sanders Commings, CB (6-3 3/4, 216) - Commings did 23 strength lifts, stood on his numbers from the combine, and did positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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