Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson, Alabama
6-2, 253
Anderson was a rare five year player at Alabama, which included a redshirt season in 2012. He played as a reserve in 2013, and recorded five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and one QB hurry.
As a sophomore, he finished with 25 tackles, eight TFLs, three sacks, and nine QB hurries.
He played more as a junior, and recorded 37 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, six sacks, 10 QB hurries, and forced two fumbles.
He was a full time starter in 2015, and totaled 61 tackles, 19 TFLs, nine sacks, three PBUs, 10 QB hurries, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an INT. He scored once as well.
The media picked him as first team All-SEC in 2016.
The Good
Solid upper body power with bowling ball shoulders.
Hard worker. Does everything that he is asked to do. A coaching dream.
Hand work is top shelf and pro ready.
Sets an edge up on blockers and moves around it swiftly.
Can work in a 3-4 as a pass rush LB. Gets into the backfield as a regular guest.
Herds RBs with ease.
Wrap tackler.
Rakes at the football constantly, and creates turnovers.
High character player.
The Bad
Not the best athlete on the field. Can look plodding on tape.
Speed is limited, and runners can get away from him. Has to make plays that are right in front of him to succeed.
Not much good in coverage.
Can be known to take looping arcs to the QB on blitz calls.
Allows blockers to get inside his frame.
With rush ability, and limited pass coverage value, could be limited to a two down backer.
Final Overview
Nobody can ever question Anderson's dedication to the team or his work ethic. He took the long road to becoming a star at Alabama, and almost left early on, but stuck it out and became a team first guy.
Anderson is limited somewhat athletically speaking, but he makes up for it with intensity and drive, and his motor never stops working. He is a tremendous run stuffer who can also make life miserable for pocket QBs at times. I see second round value here, as Anderson will likely work his way into a starting role in the next two seasons.

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