[Fiches Draft] Bradlee Anae (DE): ready to go

Bradlee Anae – Defensive end – 22 years old – Senior – Utah

Cut : 1m90

Weight : 116 kilos

Estimated draft position: 2nd round

Stats 2019: 41 tackles including 13 sacks

NFL Comparison: Melvin IngramChargers

Strong points

– Productive and seasoned
– Successful and varied techniques

29.5 career sacks! With 13 in his last season, he won the Morris Trophy awarded to the one elected best defensive lineman in the Pac 12. He played four years in one of the five most successful conferences, 39 games where he therefore knows a lot of situations game. And character level? He was one of the team’s captains and not just because of his talent on the pitch.

Sometimes certain college players arrive in the NFL with a reduced range of technical movements because their talent allows them to dominate the competition naturally. But with the pros, the player has to settle for being in a rotation and learning before they can play as many snaps as possible. It’s the opposite for Bradlee Anae: active hands, good footwork and a varied range of attack. The contexts are different (partners and oppositions) but in 2019, no pass-rusher produced more pressure on the opposing quarterback than him: 39 for Anae, Terrell Lewis (Alabama, 35) and Chase Young (Ohio State, 31 ) are behind.

Productive, technical and a leader at heart, if Bradlee Anae doesn’t have that factor wow that some others manifest, he is ready. From the first NFL game in 2020, he will play.

Weak points

– Lack of speed
– Neither the most powerful nor the most flexible, very little used in coverage

For a player under 120 kilos, Bradlee Anae lacks a bit of speed. His time of 4.93 seconds on the 40-yard sprint puts him even behind defensive tackles like Neville Gallimore or Justin Madubuike, who are much heavier. No defensive lineman should sprint such a long distance. More than the raw result, it is the ability to move explosively that raises questions. However, continuing an evaluation based on athletic performance, his time of 4.43 on the 20 yard shuttle exercise is very good, a workshop measuring the ability to move quickly laterally. When a runner or quarterback decides to change direction, Bradlee Anae has the physical capabilities to respond.

While he doesn’t seem to have the skills to defend in coverage, as outside linebackers sometimes do in a 34 system, Bradlee Anae lacks that all-important power to play defensive end in a 43 scheme. athlete, its best use would be by a staff that likes to mix defensive schemes.

Possible destinations

Detroit Lions, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans

The Lions were in charge of the North team in the Senior Bowl. They were able to see Anae up close. During this match, the player signed the best defensive performance, with three sacks. Interesting for a Detroit franchise that finished 29th in sacks this past season.

The pressure on the opposing quarterback is so decisive that the need is permanent for all teams, making a list far too exhaustive.

If the NFL draft is often more about potential than production, Bradlee Anae could nevertheless interfere in the 2nd round, and thwart most mock drafts, because of his ability to contribute from day one. However, the majority of projections place him in the 3rd round and very rarely before. But it only takes one team for a player to be selected before the predictions, as was the case with pass rushers Tanoh Kpassagnon (Chiefs, 2017), Tyquan Lewis (Colts, 2018) or Ben Banogu (Colts, 2019).

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