While Stanford lost two tough, versatile defensive linemen in Josh Mauro and Ben Gardner to the NFL, Anderson returns after missing much of last season due to a left knee injury. Despite being limited to just seven games, Anderson still earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 acknowledgement, his second consecutive year with post-season honors.
New defensive coordinator Lance Anderson (no relation) hopes his star pupil returns to the form that helped him earned second-team honors in 2012 while racking up 13 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
STRENGTHS: Despite his imposing build, Anderson is just as likely to be beat opponents with his quickness off the snap as he is power. Anderson varies his pass rush speeds and chops with hands to create space and slip into the backfield. He's more flexible than he looks and uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers. Anderson shows good functional strength to lock-out and create a pile.
WEAKNESSES: Struggles a bit with leverage as he tires.
He projects better as a five technique defensive end rather than a nose guard, though he has played both roles in Stanford's predominately 3-4 package under former defensive coordinator Derek Mason, who left Palo Alto to take the head coaching position at Vanderbilt.
05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Colts' eight picks: Round 3/93 - Henry Anderson, DE, 6-6, 287, Stanford...The steal of the draft? That's what many draft observers said when Indianapolis decided to take the hard-working defensive lineman from Stanford. Undersized, Anderson plays with a high motor and makes up for his lack of overall athletic skills with a hard-nosed style of play. - The Sports Xchange