Mark Anderson   DE   Alabama


Mark has good size and speed; he shows a quick burst off the line when rushing the passer.  He does a good job using his hands and getting leverage on the OTís outside shoulder so that he can take more of a direct line to the QB when rushing the passer.  Mark is a smart player who understands situational football and his responsibilities.  He is another player that improved with every game. 


Needs to Improve

Mark is a long way from being a DE for the next level.  He needs to put on more bulk and get stronger at the point of attack.  He needs to learn a lot more pass rushing moves, but he looks to me like he wants to learn and get better.  The need to get better will make Mark a solid DE for the team that drafts him. 


Talent Board Round   2

First of all, Mark is not an OLB in a 3-4 defense.  He is a pure DE in a 4-3 defense.  The only reason anyone is suggesting that he might be an OLB in a 3-4 is because of his weight.  I donít care how well he times out or how well he does the LBís drills, his mentality on the field is as a DE.  It would take him way too long to learn what is needed of him as an OLB and that would make his length till impact longer.  All you have to do is bulk this kid up and give him a couple of years and he'll be a solid DE for the team that drafts him.  You can use him as a pass rusher until he gets his feet under him and gets bigger and stronger.  Mark is the type of player that is taken for granted because he just plays and makes plays.  He might not be an impact player, but he is a team player and has the ability to turn it up a notch at just the right point of the game.  Mark is the type of player that will always be in the right place at the right time and do his job.  What I see on film is a kid that does his job completely, but he is not an OLB -- he is a pure DE. Donít try to make him something that he is not.  It wonít work.
by Drew Boylhart


March 2006