Penn State RB Sanders declares for NFL Draft

Penn State junior running back Miles Sanders declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday, becoming the fifth Nittany Lions player to leave early.

Sanders led Penn State in rushing with 1,274 yards in his first season as the starter, having replaced Saquon Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Sanders made his announcement on social media.

“As I prepare for the road ahead, I truly believe this is the next best step for my future,” Sanders wrote in a statement released on Twitter.

The 5-foot-11 Sanders averaged 5.8 yards per carry and scored nine touchdowns this past season.

Sanders was a five-star recruit out of high school and 247Sports’ No. 1 composite running back. He is considered the ninth-best running back in the 2019 draft class, according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

Sanders is the fifth Penn State player to leave early, joining offensive linemen Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern, and defensive linemen Shareef Miller and Kevin Givens.

–Field Level Media

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