Jackson State teamed up with Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University to put on a day where student-athletes can show off their skills in front of NFL reps.
In a video posted to Twitter by sports reporter Jeff Lightsy, Jr., Sanders said he appreciated the dozens of teams that showed up, but listed the 10 teams who were absent: the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings.
"Where art thou? You could've sent somebody man. You could've shown up just a little bit," Sanders says in the video.
"But I guarantee that you're going to Mississippi State and Ole Miss. I guarantee you're going to show up there. I understand. I understand you're saying they have more talent, I understand. Guess what? We coming. We coming. We coming. And when we arrive, you better be here. You better bet here, because our kids deserve it. You could've sent a scout. You could've sent somebody. It's all I'm saying. We won't forget."
The joint Pro Day came a year after no HBCU players were selected in the NFL draft, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger. Coach Sanders says he hopes to never see that happen again.
"That's not going to happen again. It'll never happen again," Sanders said, per the Clarion Ledger. "I know during the pandemic year we had an excuse, but that's never going to happen again. My desire is 7-10 players this year. Then we're going to try and double that."