Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 4/101 - Ace Sanders, WR/PR, 5-7, 178, South Carolina...Sanders fills a role that the Jaguars have been lacking in recent years, that of a punt returner. He's listed at wide receiver and he told the local media that "I'm a wide receiver who also returns punts." But the Jaguars will likely see his role in the reverse order. They have several established young receivers but need help with the kick return game. Sanders can fill that void. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at the Jaguars' picks: Round 4/101 - Ace Sanders, WR/PR, 5-7, 178, South Carolina...Sanders fills a role that the Jaguars have been lacking in recent years, that of a punt returner. He's listed at wide receiver and he told the local media that "I'm a wide receiver who also returns punts." But the Jaguars will likely see his role in the reverse order. They have several established young receivers but need help with the kick return game. Sanders can fill that void. - The Sports Xchange
04/08/13 - 2013 South Carolina Pro Day: There were 32 NFL teams represented at South Carolina Pro Day on March 27. Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was among the coaches who attended. A total of 18 players worked out on field-turf outdoors in 50 degree weather with 5 mph wind. Ace Sanders WR (5-7, 175 pounds) - He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 and 4.59 seconds and recorded a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He kept everything else from the combine. Sanders worked out as a wide receiver. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/17/13 - Sanders leaves the Gamecocks (who have not yet made any official announcement regarding Sanders' plans) as one of their most productive receivers, leading the team with 45 receptions in 2012 and finishing second behind Bruce Ellington with 531 receiving yards. He also finished second on the team in both categories in 2011 behind current Chicago Bear Alshon Jeffery.
But unlike the towering Jeffery, at 5'8" and 175 pounds, Sanders isn't exactly your prototype NFL receiver. His draft stock will rest primarily on his outstanding punt return skills, an area where he finished sixth in the country in average return, tied for second with a pair of touchdowns, and generally proved as exciting a threat from that position as any player in the country.
The Big Spur reported that Sanders received a fourth-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory committee.
Wherever Sanders is drafted, though, what's certain is that his departure -- particularly after many in Columbia expected him to stay -- will be felt going forward, as Steve Spurrier's passing game moves on with only two wideouts (Ellington and Damiere Byrd) who caught more than 12 passes last season. Replacing a returner of Sanders' caliber will be even more difficult. Spurrier has his program in the kind of shape where this isn't that heavy a blow, but it's not what the Ol' Ball Coach would have wanted all the same. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
01/16/13 - South Carolina receiver and explosive return specialist Ace Sanders may have made a move that could send him to the 2013 NFL draft. A week after announcing on his Instagram account that he would be staying in school, Sanders, a junior, took to his Twitter account Tuesday saying "welcome to the real world...Time to make it happen" and describing the day as "full of emotion" for him. "Thank you everyone apart of #GamecockNation," tweeted Sanders. "So much support! Y'all don't know how much that means to me!!!! I love you all!!!!"
Despite those comments, and multiple tweets from teammates congratulating him, Sanders has not declared outright that he is entering the NFL draft. There has also been no official statement from the University of South Carolina about Sanders' status with the team. - Brian McConchie, WACH Fox TV News
01/11/13 - Quietly, South Carolina standout receiver and special teams return man Ace Sanders has decided he will return to play for the Gamecocks in 2013. GamecockCentral.com Recruiting Analyst Chris Clark has been following the decision by Sanders, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Outback Bowl with three touchdowns, 92 receiving yards and 79 return yards.
In recent days, Sanders has posted a photo of himself on his Instagram account with a text heading that says, “One more year.” And GamecockCentral cites a source familiar with the situation saying that Sanders - as well as juniors Victor Hampton and Chaz Sutton — is staying at USC for his senior season. All talked together recently about staying put and trying to get to the national title game next season, GamecockCentral reported. - The Times and Democrat