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Henry Anderson | Defensive Lineman

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 282

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ESPN's Todd McShay believes Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "will outplay his draft slot."
"Anderson is one of the most underrated players in college football," McShay wrote. "He projects as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 alignment at the NFL level. He isn't a great athlete, nor is he overpowering, but he has quick and violent hands, great football instincts, discipline and stamina, and plays with good knee-bend and leverage." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder suffered through a rough 2013 season while dealing with injuries, which explains why scouts have been slow to come around on him, but has played exceptionally in 2014. Anderson will play in the East-West Shrine Game, giving him a chance to work into the middle rounds. "He might end up as a Day 3 pick because of his lack of elite athleticism, but my guess is he will outplay his draft slot," McShay wrote. Dec 10 - 11:46 PM

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Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder entered the season with late-round grades, but has played well coming off an injury plagued 2013, pointing his stock arrow up. "Anderson will be a solid middle round pick who’ll go onto to have a long career in the NFL as either a two-gap end or defensive tackle," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this season.
Dec 10 - 8:48 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that scouts think Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "will be a solid middle round pick who’ll go onto to have a long career in the NFL."

"Scouts feel, and justifiably so, Anderson will be a solid middle round pick who’ll go onto to have a long career in the NFL as either a two-gap end or defensive tackle," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder entered the season with late round grades, but Anderson "has rebounded well from an injury plagued 2013 campaign, playing smart, tough football this season," according to Pauline.
Oct 13 - 3:45 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson and senior ILB A.J. Tarpley will both be under-drafted next spring.

The analyst believes both will go on Day 3 and "then go on to have long NFL careers if placed in the right system." Anderson is coming off an injury-plagued season, but the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks over a full slate of games in 2012. "Neither are great athletes and both come with average size/speed numbers yet Anderson and Tarpley are tough, instinctual players with polished games," Pauline wrote.
Jul 27 - 7:37 PM

ESPN's Brad Edwards fingers Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson as the Pac-12's best defensive breakout candidate.

"The Cardinal lost several veterans from last year's defense, including Trent Murphy, who led the Pac-12 with 15 sacks last season," Edwards wrote. "Some of that lost production should be replaced by Anderson, who has a similar knack for being disruptive in the backfield, even though he's much bigger than Murphy and plays a true defensive end role. Head coach David Shaw has used the word 'unblockable' when describing Anderson's play in spring practices. If Anderson can stay healthy this fall, he has a chance to break out with an All-America type of season." Anderson received honorable mention All-Pac-12 acknowledgement last season despite only playing in seven games due to injury, his second straight year earning postseason honors. Over a full slate of games in 2012, the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Jul 19 - 9:13 PM

Though he's played both positions, Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson projects as a five-technique DE rather than a NG in the pros, wrote Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

"Despite his imposing build, Anderson is just as likely to be beat opponents with his quickness off the snap as he is power," Rang wrote of the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder. "Anderson varies his pass rush speeds and chops with hands to create space and slip into the backfield. He's more flexible than he looks and uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers." Anderson received honorable mention All-Pac-12 acknowledgement last season despite only playing in seven games due to injury, his second straight year earning postseason honors. Over a full slate of games in 2012, Anderson had 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. "Anderson shows good functional strength to lock-out and create a pile but struggles a bit with leverage as he tires," wrote the analyst.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 23 - 9:09 PM

Stanford head coach David Shaw said redshirt junior DE Henry Anderson's injury "probably stopped any possibility" of him declaring for the NFL Draft after this season.

Anderson missed seven games with a knee injury, but returned at just the right time against Stanford. Anderson was asked about his NFL future, but told reporters he has not thought about the NFL yet. This might not be the truth, since every high profile prospect has at least entertained the idea in their head, but coach Shaw is likely right in this instance.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Stanford senior DE Henry Anderson will play against Oregon.

Anderson has missed an extended period of time since the first game of the season. He sustained a knee injury against Army, but the game against Oregon was always the target date. November 16 was a realistic goal, but Anderson has exceeded that expectation. His return will help an ailing Stanford front seven.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 03:36:00 PM

Stanford senior defensive end Henry Anderson (knee) is not expected to return until November 7's game against Oregon, at the earliest.

A more likely ETA is November 16 against USC, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. Anderson sustained the injury against Army on September 14 and hasn't played since. Anderson was named to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad last season, collecting 50 tackles, 16 TFL and six sacks.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 07:03:00 PM

Stanford junior defensive end Henry Anderson is unlikely to play against Arizona State on Saturday.

Anderson sustained a leg injury against Army on Saturday and underwent an MRI on Monday. Anderson earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors last season, collecting 50 tackles, 16 TFL and six sacks. Redshirt senior Josh Mauro, a key cog in the defensive line rotation since last season, will start in place of Anderson.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 01:16:00 PM