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Prospect Profile: Alabama LB Ryan Anderson

Posted Mar 11, 2017

Ryan Anderson

Outside linebacker | Alabama | Redshirt senior

Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 258 pounds

College Stats

2016: totaled 61 tackles (30 solo) with 19 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks; added four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception; named to watch list for both Butkus (semifinalist) and Lombardi Awards; earned All-SEC First Team honors; SEC Defensive Player of the Week after performance against LSU

Career: totaled 128 tackles (64 solo) with 40 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks; played in 57 career games although he did not become a full-time starter until his senior season; redshirted during his freshman season; helped Alabama reach back-to-back national championship games while winning a title after the 2015 season

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds

Profile

Summary: Although Anderson had to wait his turn to get on the field for the Crimson Tide, he produced plenty as a senior to help reach the national championship game.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said Anderson is “thick through shoulders and chest with good upper-body power. Exhibits professional approach on the field. Disciplined and married to his assignments. Stays clean. Comes into the league with NFL-caliber hand work. Ready hands at point of attack with a willingness to stick and move to avoid being swallowed by size.”

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Anderson as the No. 4 prospect at outside linebacker. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated has Anderson as the 10th-ranked edge rusher in the draft.

One for one: Anderson returned his lone collegiate interception for a touchdown in the College Football Playoff semifinals against Washington.