Saunders attended The Ohio State University and was a four-year starter there as a receiver and posted 68 career receptions for a total of 853 yards. As a senior in 1993, he recorded 27 catches and earned second-team All-Big 10 honors; he was honorable mention selection as a junior. Saunders went along to play pro with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he spent three seasons in training camp from (1994–96) and saw action on both the practice squad and the active roster as a tight end in 1995. He also played with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe in 1997.
Saunders and his wife, Bashi, have four children together two daughters, Reegan and Charlie Bleu, and two sons, Cayden and Kai.
In 1999-00 he became an Area Scout for the Kansas City Chiefs, and then a Director of Player Development in 2001-05 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined the Lions in 2006 and has moved up in the administration.
- Klonke, Chuck (2010-11-07). "Cedric Saunders". Detroit Lions. Retrieved 2010-11-11.