Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Alex Anzalone

Alex Anzalone, Florida
6-3, 241
Anzalone was a two way player out of high school who settled in at LB for the Gators. He was a four year player in the program.
As a freshman, he finished with just two tackles as a reserve, and missed time with a shoulder injury.
As a sophomore, he played a full season as a reserve and finished with 14 tackles and one TFL.
He got the starting job as a junior, but played in only two games as he injured his shoulder again. He was limited to just six tackles that season.
As a senior, he came back to post 53 tackles, four TFLs, three sacks, two PBUs, and six QB hurries, but again missed six games with a broken arm.
The Good
Size and athleticism are a plus. Has been a two way player in high school.
Gets to the sideline quick and limits cutback opportunities.
Can play well in coverage against running backs running routes.
Has played every LB spot across the board.
Can be very disruptive in gap space.
The Bad
Three of four years of his career were derailed to shoulder and arm injuries.
Does not create turnovers, and is pretty much a "what you see is what you get" player.
Does not play with great footwork or balance in traffic. A little bit all over the place.
Can get taken out of the play easily when not engaging early.
Rides the wave with blockers and gets tied up.
Does not have great football vision. Gets faked out easily.
Always looks busier than he is.
Final Overview
Anzalone got a fourth round average grade by several scouting services rounded up. I do not see him as a solid prospect. His injury history is a mess, and he just doesn't do anything special on film for me. I think there is value in other areas of the LB position than what he offers, and with several DEs moving to LB for this draft, he could get lost in the shuffle. I would not be shocked to see him fall to the third day, or out of the draft at this point.

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