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2015 NFL Draft: Scouting Henry Anderson, Stanford Defensive Lineman

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Could the Broncos add the big defensive lineman in the middle rounds?

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One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the third or fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft is former Stanford Defensive Lineman Henry Anderson. He is a 6'6", 294lb defensive end who is considered one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in the draft. Anderson is ranked as the 127th overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft according to CBS Sports, and is ranked as the 127th overall in the entire draft.

Anderson played four seasons at Stanford and put up some good numbers. He totaled 142 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, 7 pass deflections, and 1 forced fumble. His best season came in 2014 when he totaled 66 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and 2 pass deflections. Anderson was selected to the first-team All-Pac-12 in 2014, and participated in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Henry Anderson

Defensive End, Senior, Stanford

Height: 6'6" Weight: 294lbs 40 time: 5.03 seconds

Arm Length: 33 1/2" Hands: 9 3/4"

Vertical Jump: 30.0 inches Broad Jump: 111.0 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.20 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine) 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.19 seconds(Top performer at the NFL Combine)

Film Room:

Scouting Report:

Strengths:

  • Plays smart and has good field awareness
  • Reads and reacts to plays quickly
  • Has a big strong frame
  • Still has room to grow into his frame still
  • Has big strong hands and long arms
  • Has active and effective hand use
  • Relentless motor and plays with a relentless attitude
  • Gets off the ball with good pad level
  • Was a disruptor in a college(32 tackles for a loss in his career)
  • Is quick off the snap
  • No off the field issues
  • Team first player who loves the game of football

Weaknesses:

  • His athleticism won't excite you
  • Needs to work on his lower body strength
  • Not a big time pass rusher
  • Lacks a secondary pass rush move
  • Needs to learn to play with better balance
  • Not a quick twitch athlete

Does Henry Anderson fit with the Denver Broncos?:

He could.

Anderson has all the traits that will excite a coach. He's a team-first guy, he loves the game of football, and he has a non-stop motor. Anderson is a football player. He's productive, and while it might not look great on film, his production speaks for itself.

Here's what Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus has to say about Anderson.

"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."

Now he does comes with some flaws. His lack of athleticism is a little concerning, and his lower body strength will be an issue. He needs to hit the weight room and add another 10 or so pounds to his frame. I believe he will do this.

Anderson fits the bill as a 5-technique defensive end. He has the size and strength, and room to grow into his frame. I think he will end up being a 6'6", 310-315 type player who will have a long career in the NFL.

Anderson figures to be a late third round to early fourth round type pick. I think he will be in play for the Broncos late third round pick if they are looking for a young 5-tech to groom behind Malik Jackson, Derek Wolfe, and Antonio Smith.