Cowboys Interview Defensive Target

MOBILE, AL. - TheRanchReport.com brings you on the latest information from the Senior Bowl.

Continuing a trend established earlier this week, the Dallas Cowboys interviewed Alabama defensive lineman Mark Anderson Wednesday at the Senior Bowl.

As a senior, Anderson recorded 40 total tackles, inlcuding 14 for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Anderson is one of at least four defensive linemen interviewed in Mobile by Dallas scouts. The organization has also spoken extensively with FSU's Kamerion Wimbley, Michigan's Gabe Watson and N.C. State's Manny Lawson.


Alabama DL Mark Anderson speaks with scouts from the Dallas Cowboys.

Scouting Report:
Full Name: Mark Anderson School: Alabama

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 257 40: 4.82 Yr: 5Sr

Pos: Solid athlete that produces rushing the passer. Fast off the edge, quickly changes direction and makes plays in pursuit. Gets leverage on opponents, keeping his pads low to the ground. Works hands throughout the action and displays solid moves. Fluid dropping off the line and effective in space.

Neg: Undersized and easily turned from his angle of attack by large opponents.

Analysis: Possessing growth potential and a good upside for the next level, Anderson could grow into a starter in a conventional 4-3 defense.

Senior Bowl Notes:
Monday Practice Notes: Showed nice burst off the edge as well as a couple nice pass rush moves. The best was a beautifully executed push/pull to get past Marcus McNeill. Anderson overall was quick off the edge but showed more strength at the point of attack than expected. Also received a few reps at linebacker today (the only ‘tweener' prospect on the South side to do so) showing a competence at jamming the tight end off the line.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Continues to show he is stronger than expected at his size. Constantly attacks blocks with authority. Can be overwhelmed at the point of attack but counters with solid hand play.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Very solid day overall. Anderson continued to play with a good pad level. One pass rush in particular, he displayed a textbook spin which left the offensive tackle blocking nothing but air. During the team session, Anderson further displayed his pass rush skills registering a practice sack His athleticism came apparent when he recognized a boot and kept up step for step with tight end prospect, Marcedes Lewis, in the flat.

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