Rory Anderson, TE

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Few are better at maximizing the unique talents of skill-position stars than Steve Spurrier and in Anderson, the 'Ole Ball Coach may have seen the same combination of length, leaping ability and sticky hands that helped Alshon Jeffrey stand out for the Gamecocks.

Struggles with muscle strains and tears to his hamstring and biceps, however, repeatedly ruined Anderson's chances at posting gaudy statistics. For example, Anderson was being projected as a possible all-conference pick heading into his senior season but instead a recurring biceps tear left him essentially one-handed throughout much of the year and he "only" caught 22 passes for 260 yards and a single touchdown in 2014, giving him 61 receptions for 954 yards and 10 scores over his career.

The same length and natural receiving skills that earned Anderson Spurrier's interest as a prep is sure to intrigue scouts. With greater luck in the health department, Anderson could reward a late round gamble as he's a fluid athlete with the tenacity as a blocker to surprise as a moveable chess piece in a creative offense.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good initial burst and agility to gain separation off the line of scrimmage and shows good hands. Impressive body control and hand-eye coordination to make leaping grabs. Unlike many other "hybrid" tight end/receivers across the country, Anderson seems to enjoy the physical battles at the line of scrimmage, showing surprising strength and tenacity while blocking. He is quick and competitive when sealing the edge and works to sustain his blocks.

WEAKNESSES: Will be seen by some clubs as a 'tweener who lacks the speed to function as an NFL wideout or the desired mass and strength to handle inline blocking duties. Has struggled with injuries over his career, though fortunately they've been relatively minor muscle pulls and/or tears rather than joint or head issues. Nevertheless, the history of hamstring and biceps injuries warrants a close look at the Combine, especially since Anderson underwent surgery following the 2014 regular season finale (against rival Clemson) to repair the latest biceps tear, forcing him to miss the Independence Bowl.

--Rob Rang

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 7/254 -- Rory Anderson, TE, 6-4, 244, South Carolina...The second tight end selected by the 49ers, Anderson isn't at all like the first one, Oklahoma's Blake Bell. Anderson made a career out of catching the ball at South Carolina and is seen as a down-the-field threat similar to 49ers starter Vernon Davis. Anderson is still recovering from surgery on a torn triceps that occurred during the 2014 season. - The Sports Xchange


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