Henry Anderson drafted to boost D-line

Stanford defensive end is reunited with Colts' Cardinal contingent of Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener and Griff Whalen.

Stanford has been good to the Indianapolis Colts, who picked Cardinal defensive end Henry Anderson with the 93rd overall selection in Friday’s NFL draft.

Anderson, 6-6 and 294 pounds, joins the Cardinal contingent of Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Coby Fleener and wide receiver Griff Whalen on the Colts’ roster.

As is to be expected from a Stanford prospect, he comes highly regarded for his smarts and on-field intensity. The fifth-year senior from Atlanta made 65 tackles including 15 for loss with 8.5 sacks last season.

The Colts needed to augment their depth up front in the 3-4 defense. They added defensive end Kendall Langford in free agency to go with defensive tackle Arthur Jones, nose tackles Josh Chapman and Montori Hughes and tackle/nose tackle Zach Kerr. Anderson should get the chance as a backup to spell starters in his rookie season.

“Luck, Fleener and Griff Whalen have been out there and they’re all from Stanford,” Anderson said in a conference call. “I talked with them and they’ve told me a lot about the Colts organization. I just have a good feeling about it.”

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Anderson said he had a positive visit recently with Colts coaches at the team complex.

“I think I can add some more weight, whatever the coaches need me to do I’m sure I can fill that role,” he said of playing end in a 3-4. “I’m really excited about coming in and trying to provide as much help as possible to the defense.

“I know Luck and the offense has been playing really well the past few years. The defense has played well, but not up to where the offense has been at. I know I can come in and provide help to the defense and try to bring a Super Bowl to Indy.”

The Colts have one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. Luck led the league’s No. 1 passing attack with 40 touchdown passes and the team ranked third in total yards and sixth in points. The defense ranked 11th in total yards, 12th in passing defense, 18th in rushing defense and 19th in points allowed.

“I always tried to prepare as much as possible for each and every game,” Anderson said of putting up bigger numbers toward the end of his final season. “ I didn’t really change what I was doing. It was just keep doing what I do and going out and playing hard every snap and things will eventually go your way.”

Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano liked what they saw on tape, a player who was relentless and always played with energy.

Anderson said he likes to watch Houston Texans star J.J. Watt as well as St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s disruptiveness and explosiveness.

“Those two guys I try to watch whenever they’re on TV,” he said. “But, I don’t know if I really model my game after one guy.”

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