Ryan Anderson-LB-Alabama
Size: 6’2 253lbs

Ryan Anderson

Strengths:

  • Intelligent high football IQ
  • Great use of hands
  • Technique driven
  • Solid pass rusher
  • Versatile

Analysis: Ryan Anderson is thick through his shoulders and chest with good upper-body power. He exhibits a professional approach on the field. Disciplined and married to his assignments. Stays clean. Comes into the league with NFL-caliber hand work. Ready hands at point of attack with a willingness to stick and move to avoid being swallowed by size. Relentless charge as a pass rusher and gets home thanks to his effort. Leverages runners to the sideline and rarely gives up a cut-back lane. Tackle finisher who is always hustling. Plays teammate ball over hero ball. Has experience at outside linebacker in both 3-4 and 4-3. Forced five fumbles over last two seasons.

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks legit pursuit speed
  • Coverage skills in space
  • Short arms
  • Lacks range of motion

Analysis: Ryan Anderson is a relatively average athlete for the position. Lacks desired pursuit speed and closing burst as a 4-3 linebacker. Hips are a little stiff and he lacks plus range of motion. Could struggle with cover skills in space. Short arms could become an issue if asked to stack the edge against NFL tackles. Effort rusher missing desired traits found in consistent NFL pass rushers. Lacks pass rush ‘moves’.

NFL Comparison: Mason Foster

Draft Projection: Round 3

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