Indianapolis Colts Draft Profile: Henry Anderson

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The Indianapolis Colts with the 29th pick of the third round drafted Stanford Cardinal defensive end Henry Anderson (6’6/294). Anderson fits the Colts 3-4 system well, and they needed someone that could be imposing at getting after the quarterback and Anderson has great value at the end of the third round.

At the combine he managed a 5.03 forty but excelled in the three-cone drill (7.20), a test often indicative of success for defensive linemen. A long-armed (33 1/2″), relentless power player with intelligence, if going to Stanford wasn’t enough he also scored a 36 on the Wonderlic.

Anderson missed most of his junior year due to a leg injury but came back strong his senior season. He comes off the ball with good pad level and can get his arms extended to keep himself clean as five-technique. He was third in the conference with 12.5 tackles for loss, he finished the season totaling 8.5 sacks as a senior, earning first-team All-Pac 12.  When blockers try to edge him off, he has been seen to get through the line, and get his hands in the passing lanes. He can vary his pass rushing speed, and his long arms are used well when latching onto the ball carrier. He has the ability to roam sideline to sideline and will rarely call for a snap off. Most importantly, Henry Anderson brings a team-first attitude.

According to Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus,”He’s aggressive, making himself tough to block for opposing offensive linemen, and stood out against the run and as a pass-rusher, registering 57 total hurries in 14 games,” McGuinness wrote. “He’ll need to work on his technique at the next level, but his raw skills are impressive.” Josh Norris agrees, ranking Anderson as the class’ No. 2 defensive lineman behind Williams (edge rushers are in a different category). We think Anderson is arguably the class’ most underrated player.

He does have issues with his tight hips and lack of motor in his feet, as they will stall upon contact, and he can get squared off against the run. He won’t be able to play the inside position in the NFL as he wasn’t strong enough in the college ranks. Also, don’t look for him to plow through the offensive line, his sacks come from hustling and break down in the line, he also needs to work on his moves to not get stood up while rushing the quarterback.

He likely could help right away as a rotational guy and he has the potential to develop into more.  Other observers noted about Anderson.

Josh Norris from RotoWorld “He might play with high pad level, but Anderson has tremendous strength through his hands and couples it with great length to press and push his opponent backwards,” Norris wrote. “Will work best as a 3-tech, but might give some teams looks as a 5-tech. That versatility will be nice for teams who use multiple fronts. He displayed a variety of moves in 1 on 1s.”

Mike Mayock “He’s a defensive end at 6-foot-6, 287 pounds, and when he stays low, he can use his outstanding length to his advantage; when he gets up tall and exposes his breastplate that’s when he gets in trouble. I also think when teams get into sub packages he can use that length and quickness to his advantage and you can kick him down inside.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay wrote at the Senior Bowl that Anderson “just wouldn’t stay blocked” in practices.”