Photo of Alex Anzalone
Drafted By: Saints
  • Round 3
  • Pick 12
  • Overall 76

Combine Results

Grade
5.8 ?
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.88 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.71 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's got great size and athletic ability. He's a starting linebacker traits-wise. Durability is an issue, especially with his shoulders. I like his vision. He's going to play on passing downs because he can rush the quarterback and cover." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 241LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Anzalone (pronounced ann-zuh-LOAN-ee) came to Gainesville as a fantastic two-way high school star in Pennsylvania, but has spent almost as much time on the trainer's table than on the field during his career. He played in 10 games as a true freshman, only making two tackles as he struggled with a shoulder issue. Anzalone played in all 12 games as a reserve in 2014, making 14 stops, one for loss. He finally got his chance to start as a junior, but had to redshirt after injuring his shoulder again in the second game of the year (six tackles). The linebacker known for his long, blonde hair started the Gators' first eight contests in 2016, collecting 53 tackles (four TFL, three sacks) but again was sidelined for the end of the season with a broken left arm.

Analysis

Strengths

Has desired size and athleticism to fit into any defensive scheme. His fluid hips allow for easy flips and turns in space. Wide open strider with plus range. Makes up plenty of ground to the perimeter when looking to reel in running backs. Plays with gap-to-gap lateral quickness in his shuffle. Races downhill to get a taste of what iso blockers are serving up. Three-down linebacker who showed off the speed to carry running backs down the field in coverage. Has experience playing all three linebacker spots. Squeezes routes from zone and has acceleration to match seam-running tight-ends. Has closing burst and enough wiggle to challenge the pocket as a blitzer.

Weaknesses

Has had substantial injuries in his background that helped limit his playing time and production. Has no interceptions or forced fumbles at Florida. Plays with inconsistent base. Contact balance is very average. Needs to improve with taking on pulling guards and cross blocking H-backs. Disengagement takes too long and he expends too much energy. Needs to punch and move to avoid being engulfed by linemen. Gets moved out of his run fits by misdirection. Overreacts to play fakes and will lose sight of the ball. At times, will look to do too much in coverage rather than just manning his position.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Sources Tell Us

"You saw at (Senior Bowl) practice how gifted he is athletically. He just has to prove he can stay on the field." -- NFC Personnel Director

NFL Comparison

Vincent Ray

Bottom Line

Anzalone's size, speed and athleticism will be tempting for teams looking for a linebacker who can play all three spots. However, concerns about his durability could cause some teams to shy away from him on the first two days of the draft. If he can stay healthy, he has the talent to become a solid three-down starter in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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