The 6-6, 294-pound Stanford defensive was selected with the 93rd overall choice in Friday’s NFL draft.
Head coach Chuck Pagano mentioned Anderson will likely get bigger in the NFL.
“I mean, he’s a big, big man and he’s got a big frame,” the coach said. “He could probably carry 305, 307, play around that 6-6 and change, 290, whatever. He’s going to get bigger.”
The Colts lack depth along the defensive line in their 3-4 scheme. They have defensive end Kendall Langford and defensive tackle Arthur Jones outside the nose tackles, be it Josh Chapman, Montori Hughes or Zach Kerr.
“He can get after the quarterback,” Pagano said of Anderson, who had 8.5 sacks as a senior, “but he’s going to be a tremendous asset moving forward.”
General manager Ryan Grigson liked Anderson’s on-field acumen.
“He’s an instinctive player,” Grigson said. “That’s the way we grade. There’s poor, there’s marginal, there’s adequate, there’s good, there’s very good, there’s outstanding, there’s exceptional. He was very good in a lot of those areas. You get all those 65s in a row, you take notice. There’s size, very good competitor, very good instincts, very good mental, very good production. It all kind of falls in line, and you’re just like, ‘Wow, this guy across the board, has got a lot going for him.’
“Then you factor in the size. Like coach said, his weight is within five pounds of being 300. You don’t want to lose any of that wiggle he has to get to the quarterback. To get those hits on the quarterback, you need to get skinny and make some plays on third down for you. Then he can chase. You can see the 4.9 (40 speed) on the film. That’s also tied into his motor and his effort and his want to. He’s, like I said, a lot of value down there I think at the bottom of three.”
The Colts entered the draft in need of defensive linemen after defensive end Cory Redding was not re-signed and defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois was released.Player evaluation
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