With just two NFL Draft picks coming out of the program this century, Air Force is not known for producing NFL talent. However, they have had two players selected in the last four years, but will any of the current Air Force NFL Draft prospects join them? Let’s take a look at the scouting reports for the top two Air Force prospects.
Air Force 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Kyle Patterson, TE
Strengths: Offensive lineman-sized tight end who is best as a blocker. Strong, turns defenders from the action, and easily out-positions them from plays. Possesses a large frame with growth potential. Plays smart football and works to become an open target as a pass catcher.
Weaknesses: Caught just 12 passes for Air Force. Has a significant injury history. Plays to one speed and lacks a downfield burst.
Overall: Patterson is a size prospect with good bloodlines, but he comes with limitations. He was never a pass-catching threat for Air Force and struggled returning from a serious knee injury suffered four games into the 2021 season. He has the frame to fill out and become a blocking tight end, which is his only avenue to the next level.
Vince Sanford, EDGE
Strengths: Hard-working linebacker who is agile, flexible, and chases the action hard. Instinctive, collapses laterally in pursuit of the action, and uses his hands to protect himself. Shows ability as an edge rusher.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t get depth on pass drops and lacks balance moving in reverse. Displays average quickness and speed. Wide-angle pass rusher.
Overall: Sanford got the most of his abilities at the Air Force Academy and combined toughness and intellect on the field, but he lacks the athleticism for Sunday football.
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