NFL Draft: Colts Select DE Henry Anderson
By Evan Reller
With the 93rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Henry Anderson, defensive end from Stanford.
While the first round pick caused many to scratch their heads, the two selections in the third round both focused on the defensive side of the ball.
Anderson is a big defensive end, measuring at 6-6 and 294 pounds, and has experience in a 3-4 scheme at end. He can not only set the edge but also collapse the pocket and get to the passer.
He played in 48 games as a Cardinal and was a starter for 35 of them. He missed a few games in 2013 due to a knee injury but played his entire senior year.
Anderson had 142 total tackles over his four years. He also had 32 tackles for losses and 17 sacks. His senior year was his most productive with 8.5 sacks and 15 TFLs.
He is equally talented as a pass rusher and run stuffer. He can impact the passer without getting a sack and is a sure tackler when he wraps up whoever has the ball. He only has one career forced fumble, but luckily he can learn from the best strip-sack artist in the league (Robert Mathis).
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The best part of this pick is that they won’t have to convert him from another position or scheme. He fits in a 3-4 as a defensive end, unlike Bjoern Werner who had to switch positions (stunting his development). Anderson will help solidify a defensive line that has struggled to get pressure on QBs and stop the run.
Anderson will join fellow Stanford alums Coby Fleener and Andrew Luck on the Colts roster.
The Colts had two picks in the third round of the draft after trading down. They opened up the round by selecting D’Joun Smith, a defensive back out of Florida Atlantic. While the pick was a bit of a departure by not being from Florida, the Colts did return to the Stanford well of talent.
Make sure to stay tuned Saturday for the final four round of the NFL Draft and all the Colts picks.