Photo of Stephen Anderson
Grade
5.0 ?
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 230LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Even though Anderson started his career at Cal as a walk-on, he's hoping to add himself into the list of Bears tight ends making an impact in the NFL including former teammate Richard Rodgers, Craig Stevens, and, of course, future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. Anderson redshirted in 2011 and played just four games without a catch the following year. Then he crept into the Cal offense by starting five games as a sophomore, catching 14 passes for 125 yards. With Rodgers off to the Green Bay Packers as a third-round pick in 2014, Anderson became a reliable target for quarterback Jared Goff. His production as a junior (46-661, five TD) and senior (41-474, two TD) earned him honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors each season.

Analysis

Strengths

Better quickness into his routes off the line of scrimmage than most at his position. Opens quickly as a presentable target in space. Can body up to protect the throw against converging linebackers. Decent athlete who can get some separation from linebackers with his quickness alone. Was able to get open for potential big plays, but quarterback Jared Goff didn't see him. Used as field stretcher for underneath work by other targets.

Weaknesses

'Tweener without a real position. Blocks like a big receiver and is undersized to handle in­line duties. Routes can be flat and easy to recognize for defenders. Legs and arms pump like crazy into routes, but doesn't create proper leverage points.

Bottom Line

Anderson will struggle to carry enough weight to become a full-­time, move tight end and his blocking simply isn't trustworthy. However, the tape shows enough potential as a matchup tight end to monitor his combine and pro day. While I consider Anderson to be a long ­shot to make a roster, NFL scouts believe he has a legitimate shot.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.