Bengals Draft Sands
Robert Sands
Robert Sands
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Spots near the top of the Saturday rounds of the NFL Draft continued to be fruitful for West Virginia alums, as Robert Sands became the second Mountaineer selected on the day.

Roberts Sands, a junior who played just three years at West Virginia, was taken with the third pick of the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the 134th player taken overall.

A talent that blossomed quickly at WVU, Sands had 151 tackles and five interceptions in his three college seasons, with all five of those picks coming in his sophomore season. He broke up eight passes, forced two fumbles and had a pair of sacks and 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in his career.

Sands displayed his versatility as a junior by playing strong safety on passing downs as safeties coach Steve Dunlap moved him around to maximize his productivity. A big hitter, Sands also showed the ability to range deep across the field to get to the ball.

Sands checked in at 6', 4" and 217 pounds at the NFL Combine. He had a 4.57 40-yard dash time, and participated in every drill during his time in Indianapolis. He recorded a 35-inch vertical jump and had 12 reps in the bench press.

Cincinnati has six safeties on its current roster, including Roy Williams (10 NFL seasons), Chris Crocker (9 seasons), Gibril Wilson (8 seasons) Chinedum Ndukwe and Reggie Nelson (5 seasons), and Tom Nelson (3 seasons).

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