Rookie Henry Anderson A Possible Early Impact For Colts Defense

Intro: The Colts were one happy bunch to see Henry Anderson’s name still on the board when they selected at No. 93 overall last Friday. What did the Colts see in Anderson?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The more film Chuck Pagano watched of Henry Anderson, the harder it was for the head coach to find a trait that often falls in the "con" category for a defensive lineman.

No matter where No. 91 appeared on Pagano's film, that jersey kept on flashing, often times in the opponent's backfield.

"I don't know if I saw one clip of film that (Anderson) wasn't playing with great effort and intensity," Pagano said.

"He's strong at the point. He can knock offensive linemen back. He can get off blocks, 18 tackles for loss (in 2014), 8.5 sacks (in 2014). People won't look at him and say he's twitched up and he's got all this hey, hey, but he finds a way to get the job done."

Ryan Grigson's eyes told him the same thing.

Prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, Grigson talked about how this year's coup of defensive linemen had a few more 3-4 "cookie cutter" type guys compared to draft's past.

He might as well have been talking about Anderson.

"He's what you're looking for at end in this defense," Grigson said after drafting Anderson with the No. 93 pick in the third round of last week's draft. "I know we're going to have him for a long time.

"When you're at the level of intelligence, that level of production and then that level of competiveness and athletic ability, you mark off every box. Everything's very good with this guy. I think he's going to be a really good player at our level. He's an instinctive player. That's the way we grade---there's poor, there's marginal, there's adequate, there's good, there's very good, there's outstanding, there's exceptional. He was very good in a lot of those areas."

Take one look at Anderson's helmet from his senior season and you can envision the player that Pagano and Grigson were witnessing on film.

At 6-6 and 294 pounds, Anderson has the frame to step right into an NFL defensive line and keep on producing. He has the body type to more than hold his own in the run game department, while still being able to slide inside and create some pass rush.

In the 2015 draft class, no player was a more disruptive pass rusher as a 3-4 defensive end in college last year than Anderson (according to Pro Football Focus).

That's an area the Colts would love to upgrade in 2015 and Pagano feels the transition for Anderson to this level won't be too taxing.

Stanford's 3-4 scheme and terminology is very similar to what the Colts employ defensively.

Anderson will welcome that familiarity, along with a few former teammates, inside a locker room that he will inevitably be called upon to produce for in 2015.

"I'm really excited about coming in and providing as much help as possible to the defense," Anderson said.

"I know (Andrew) Luck and the offense have been playing really well the past few years. The defense has played well, but not up to where the offense has been at. I know that I can come in and provide help to the defense and try to bring a Super Bowl to Indy."

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