|The need for versatile, athletic tight ends has increased steadily in the NFL and Sandland's stock has risen in the draft buildup - his style seemingly coming from the mold of the late-developing Julius Thomas, who entered the NFL out of the Big Sky Conference at Portland State. Sandland is well-traveled, having gone from being a junior college standout at Pierce College to a backup at Miami (Fla.) to sitting out 2014 as a transfer and then finishing as an FCS All-American at Montana State. He caught 37 passes for 632 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in his only season with the Bobcats. His chief attribute is his athleticism and it reflects in the necessary measurables for today's prototypical tight end, including a 10 1/8-inch hand-span, 34 1/4-inch arm length and a 4.74-second clocking in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Sandland is adept at separating at the line of scrimmage and getting downfield for over-the-top passes. He is noted for having soft hands as well. While inconsistent as a run blocker, he has concentrated on improving his hand placement. He played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl following his senior season.