Photo of Rory 'Busta' Anderson
Drafted By: 49ers
Grade
5.41 ?

Draft Analysis:

Anderson is a nice pick up this late in the draft as he is a top tier athlete for the position and will stretch the seams for you. He's dealt with some injuries but he can add some explosiveness to this offense if he makes it out of camp. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/4" Hands

Overview

Started in 19 games for South Carolina over the last four years. In 2014, suffered torn triceps muscle in spring in one arm, and then in October in the other arm. Missed season opener in 2013 with a hamstring injury. Finished career with 61 catches for 954 yards, 15.6 ypc and 9 touchdowns. Prefers to be called "Busta" rather than Rory. Played football and basketball in high school.

Analysis

Strengths

Impressive athlete. Outstanding play speed as tight end. Can get over top of middle linebackers for big, vertical plays. Can generate a level of uncertainty from defender with his route running. Linebackers with middling athleticism have no shot of sticking with him. Has feel for sinking into safe spots of zone. Has juice out of his breaks to generate throwing window for quarterback. Pure athleticism to be yardage collector after the catch. High-point catcher with up-and-over hops to create mismatches in red zone. Can line up anywhere on the field. Has footwork, hand placement and technique as a run blocker and is above average as a second- and third-level stalk-blocker in space.

Weaknesses

Allows throws to get into his body and struggled with consistency of his hands as a pass-catcher. Needs to put himself between defender and the throw more regularly. Shows some concentration lapses near the sideline. Needs to add more bulk to be able to handle in-line blocking responsibilities. Tore his right triceps in spring drills, missed two regular-season games in 2014 due to strained left triceps and then suffered another tear of the triceps that forced him to miss bowl game and required surgery. Also missed season opener in 2013 due to a hamstring injury.

Draft Projection

Round 5

NFL Comparison

Ladarius Green

Bottom Line

Anderson's athleticism and play speed is what NFL teams dream of when looking for tight ends to threaten vertically and create matchup problems underneath. While he needs to add more weight to his frame, Anderson shows the blocking fundamentals to be considered a legitimate combination tight end in the NFL. Anderson's biggest concern on draft day and beyond looks like it could be his recurring triceps injuries.
-Lance Zierlein
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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.

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