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Henry Anderson | Defensive Lineman

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

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Colts selected Stanford DE Henry Anderson with the No. 93 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Anderson (6'6/294) rebounded from an injury-plagued junior year to notch 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a senior, earning first-team All-Pac 12. 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 smarts (36 Wonderlic), Anderson projects best as a five-technique 3-4 end. He's been likened to Chris Canty by Rotoworld's Josh Norris and can rush the passer from the interior. May 1 - 11:06 PM

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Even over USC's Leonard Williams, Stanford DL Henry Anderson "was arguably the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 and in this entire draft class during the 2014 season," 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. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder compares to Chris Canty.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 11:44 PM

An NFL source told TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that Stanford DL Henry Anderson "does not look the prettiest doing it, but gets the job done."

Agreed. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder had a big bounceback season in 2014, but some evaluators have been slow to come around to him due to his injury-plagued 2013 season and his non-sexy brand of football. Josh Norris ranks Anderson as the class' No. 11 overall player, comparing him to Chris Canty. "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."
Mar 22 - 3:45 PM

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."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 6:47 PM

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