Cornerback Vince Anderson started his collegiate career with Nicholls State in 2004. He was declared academically ineligible — the person responsible was fired and Anderson lost his appeal — so, as a suspended player by the NCAA, he went to Webber International and was redshirted in the 2005 season.
He started the next three years and, since he became eligible for the NFL draft, he has been doing his own PR and his own training, trying to get noticed by NFL teams.
Teams are starting to take notice.
According to Jon Scott of Patriots Insider, he has worked out for the Jaguars, Giants (twice), Raiders, 49ers, Falcons, Cowboys, Chiefs, Patriots, Browns, and Colts.
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Also, according to Scott, the Jaguars and Raiders have told him that he will not last as a free agent, which would mean that Indianapolis would need to draft him if they want to secure his services, since the post-draft free agent market is cut-throat and unpredictable to say the least.
Scott added that Anderson's measurables and workout numbers are impressive for a player at his position. He has run a 4.52 40-yard dash, an incredible 4.09 second short shuttle, posted a 37 1/2 inch vertical jump, and a 10'4" broad jump.
Those numbers are good enough for a cornerback of any stature, but considering that Anderson is 6-feet-2 and 204 pounds, they're even more remarkable. He would certainly have made Tom Marino's recent list of quick-twitch athletes.
If he had been invited to the Combine, Anderson would have placed among the top-25 players in the 40, the top-10 in the short shuttle, the top-10 in the vertical jump, and the top-15 in the broad jump.
Granted, teams consider a weighted scale, with workout numbers being one determining factor, when they scout a player, but given that Anderson would also have been the second tallest and fourth heaviest cornerback at the Combine, it puts the staggering nature of those numbers in perspective.
Obviously, the Colts do not only look at measurables and numbers when evaluating a player, but they certainly have shown an affinity for quick-twitch players in the secondary, regardless of where they went to school, their body of work, or past indiscretions.
To true question is if, with the groundswell of interest in him the past few weeks and the sheer number of teams that have taken a look at him, the Colts will be able to draft him when they want to draft him.
And, also, with the number of first-, second-, and third-round prospects that they've looked at at the cornerback position since the offseason began, whether or not they'll be looking to take a cornerback when Anderson is available on draft weekend.
Provided that Indianapolis does not select a cornerback in the first five rounds of the draft, it would make sense for them to take a flyer on Anderson in the sixth, since there is no guarantee that he will be sitting there in the seventh and the odds of acquiring him get progressively worse if he is not drafted.
He is a tad big to play in the system, but has the quick twitch ability and intangibles — no player is likely to work harder to contribute, given everything that Anderson has already had to overcome to get to this point — and the Colts owe it to themselves and the other players at the position to take him and foster the kind of competition that he would bring in OTAs, mini-camps, and training camp.
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