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Henry Anderson | Defensive Lineman

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

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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson will "be the ideal 5-technique in a 3-4 defense."
"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," Mayock wrote. "I think in two years, he's going to go from 287 to 310 pounds, and at 6-6, 310, he'll be the ideal 5-technique in a 3-4 defense, and 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." Mayock wasn't the only analyst impressed by Anderson's work at the Senior Bowl. ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Anderson "just wouldn't stay blocked" in practices. McShay believes Anderson could be a Day 3 pick and thinks the Stanford prospect "will outplay his draft slot." Jan 27 - 6:47 PM
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ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "just wouldn't stay blocked," at the Senior Bowl.

"He isn't a great athlete but has very good length (6-6 with long arms) and excellent technique," McShay wrote. "He uses his hands very effectively to shed blocks. He always seems to have a plan out there as a pass-rusher and in the running game. He helped himself this week." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder suffered through a rough 2013 season while dealing with injuries, which explains why scouts were slow to come around on him. He played exceptionally in 2014, however. McShay believes Anderson "is one of the most underrated players in college football," thinks he could be a Day 3 pick, and promises Anderson "will outplay his draft slot."
Jan 26 - 9:41 PM

Scout's Inc. wrote that Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "does a great job of using his hands to control his blocker and slip blocks quickly."

"He has average athletic ability to go with good length, but he simply doesn't stay blocked," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder suffered through a rough 2013 season while dealing with injuries, which explains why scouts were slow to come around on him. He played exceptionally in 2014, however. McShay believes Anderson "will outplay his draft slot."
Jan 24 - 10:22 PM

Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "isn't the most athletic D-lineman, but he's a good football player," noted Scout's Inc.

"He has great length at 6-6, 287 pounds, and has strong hands taking on blocks," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He knows what he's doing out there and is fundamentally sound." Anderson suffered through an injury plagued 2013, but he had a solid season in 2014 and is continuing to prove his worth against top competition at the Senior Bowl. McShay believes Anderson "is one of the most underrated players in college football" and thinks he could be a Day 3 pick.
Jan 24 - 1:03 PM

Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson has been "dominating" in drills at Senior Bowl practice, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-6, 287-pound Anderson suffered through a rough 2013 season dealing with injuries, which explains why scouts have been slow to come around on him. Anderson had a solid season in 2014, and is continuing to show and prove that against some of the top competition in college football at the Senior Bowl. ESPN's Todd McShay believes Anderson "is one of the most underrated players in college football," and thinks he could be a Day 3 pick. Pauline wrote back in the summer, that Anderson will go on Day 3 and "then go on to have long NFL career if placed in the right system."
Jan 20 - 3:07 PM

Stanford senior DL Henry Anderson "has some body tightness, but he could be a 'riser' after this week in Mobile," noted CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Stanford has been cranking out intriguing defensive prospects in recent years and Anderson fits the bill," Brugler wrote. "He is built like a tree with good length and powerful hands to extend and meet blockers, shredding bodies and disrupting the pocket." 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. ESPN's Todd McShay believes Anderson "will outplay his draft slot."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 19 - 7:52 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 11:46:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:48:00 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.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 03:45:00 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.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 07:37:00 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.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 09:13:00 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
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 09:09:00 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