This class is filled with talent and will bring great value to your dynasty squad for the foreseeable future. Dave Heilman (@DynastyDorks) and I (@FFBourbonDude) brought you a ton of pre-combine profiles at each of the offensive skill positions. Now it’s time to get into our defensive players. Be sure to check out our NFL Draft Playlist on YouTube for all of our draft profiles.
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Will Anderson Jr – NFL Rookie Draft Profile
Height – 6’3″
Weight – 253 pounds
The number one edge prospect overall on many folk’s boards.
Will Anderson provides everything you want from an edge defender. He had an impressive 71 tackles for loss and 39 combined sacks showing he has an outstanding all-around skillset. While at Alabama, he was widely recognized as one of the best, if not the best defensive player in the country.
Second on Alabama’s career sacks list with 34.5 (-201 yards), trailing only Derrick Thomas
Second in UA history behind Thomas in tackles for loss with 62 (-272 yards)
Two-time Nagurski Trophy winner, only the second player in the award’s history to take home the honors twice
Recipient of the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation’s top defender
Rotary Lombardi winner
Lott IMPACT Trophy, which recognizes a player for their performance on the field and character off the field
Joined Manti Te’o as the only two players to sweep all four awards
Unanimous All-American (AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, The Sporting News, Walter Camp) for the second straight year
First team All-American at linebacker by CBS Sports and USA Today and at edge defender by ESPN.com and Pro Football Focus
SEC Defensive Player of the Year by both the AP and the league coaches
Defensive Line Pros
Rush Defense – Anderson is seen as one of the best rush defenders on the edge this season. With a massive number of tackles for loss in his career at Alabama and the second-highest PFF grade on rush defense out of anyone in the power five.
Dip Ability – Can really get below blockers on the edge. This is especially good when he pairs it with his spin move.
Quickness – Anderson has a good first step which has allowed him to beat defenders relatively easily. Couple this with his dip move, and he has a good combination to create a good pass rush at the next level.
Defensive Line Cons
Missed Tackles – Anderson does get sloppy at times, trying to tackle with power instead of wrapping them up. This has led to a pretty significant missed tackle rate.
Knocked Off – Good offensive tackles will completely control him. He is easily knocked off his pass with bigger and longer tackles.
Disengagement – When a tackle gets his hands on Anderson, he struggles to disengage. The top tackles did make it difficult for him. Just watch him against Darnell Wright.
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