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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Waju Anam

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 | College: Boston College
 
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Overview

Olanrewaju (pronounced o-lon-ray-wa-shu) has gone by many names during his career at Boston College. The coaching staff called him "Larry," but he preferred having his friends and teammates call him "Waju."

Opposing offensive coordinators called him a "cheetah," as they claim he has the best range and some of the quickest feet they have ever seen from a defensive back. Professional scouts call him versatile, as he began his career as a strong safety, moved to free safety as a junior and then finished his tenure at BC as a cornerback.

The Nigerian native earned 2001 All-Dixie honors from Super Prep as a senior at American High School. He captured All-State second-team accolades that season, adding All-Dade County honors as a junior and senior. He recorded a team-high 105 tackles, including 85 solos, in his senior season, while also coming up with eight sacks and one interception while leading American to an 8-4 record. He also excelled on the track team, advancing to the state finals in the 200-meters and the 4x100 relay as a junior.

Anam enrolled at Boston College in 2002, spending the season as a strong safety on the scout team. He appeared in 10 games as a reserve strong safety in 2003, coming up with 13 tackles (11 solos), a 10-yard sack and an interception.

Anam started one of 10 games in 2004 at strong safety. He collected 25 tackles (15 solos) with a 9-yard sack and broke up a pass. He started the first six games of the 2005 season at free safety before suffering a left knee bruise against Virginia Tech. He played in a total of 11 games, posting 36 tackles (19 solos) with a forced fumble.

In 2006, Anam shifted to right cornerback, as the coaching staff wanted to better utilize his speed. He finished second on the team with 69 tackles (44 solos), including 2.5 stops for losses. He caused two fumbles, picked off a pass and deflected three others.

In 44 games at Boston College, Anam started 20 contests. He finished with 143 tackles (89 solos), two sacks for minus-19 yards, five stops for losses of 28 yards and one quarterback pressure. He caused three fumbles, deflected four passes and gained nine yards on three interception returns.

Analysis

Positives: Has a strong lower body frame with good leg muscle definition and tight waist … Physical run support defender with excellent foot speed and quickness to close … More productive on special teams than on defense, as he uses that speed to get down field and break up the wedge … Has the sudden burst to stay tight on the receivers and shows adequate hip flexibility and balance in his stride … Aggressive and competitive type who works to finish … Has the functional upper body strength to deliver some pop on contact … Gets a decent read on the ball and understands route concepts, but needs to make more plays on the ball in flight … Has the size and speed to stay tight with receivers on deep routes … Shows solid and strong hands to execute the press … Gets a sharp jump on the ball and extends well to get to the ball, showing ease-of-movement reaching out to deflect the pass, but has marginal hands for the interception … Quick to step up and fill the rush lanes, lowering his pads and keeping his helmet square to push back the lead blocker … Gives outstanding effort on special teams, where his rare timed speed is an asset (plays the R1 in kickoff coverage, left guard on kickoff returns and left tackle-holdup on punt returns) … Hits with a thud and is always trying to strip the ball from the returner … More of a collision type tackler, but puts good power behind his hits … Has adequate plant-and-drive agility to recover from his over-pursuit … Has the natural explosiveness when closing on the blitz … Has natural jumping ability, but only marginal timing.

Negatives: Lacks polished pass coverage ability, as he tends to lose concentration on the ball and fails to maintain mirror with the receiver while eyeing the backfield for too long … Allows too much cushion underneath and is tentative in his leaps when having to compete for the ball in flight … Very inconsistent reacting to the ball in the air, struggling to turn his head around in order to look the ball in over his shoulder … Generally bites on the receivers' fakes and has poor hand/eye coordination, lacking any ball skills … Would rather side tackle than engage his man head-on … Takes a big amount of false steps in his backpedal and lacks the loose hips needed in transition … Not a threat to intercept the pass, as he fails to extend for the ball outside his frame and looks surprised when the ball is coming at him (misjudges it often) … Poor wrap-up tackler who gets reckless in his closing, missing more than a handful of open-field hits … Has a diagnosed attention disorder, and his concentration often wanders.

Compares To: KASSIM OSGOOD-San Diego … No, he is not a receiver, but he is not starting material in the secondary, either. He is a situational pass defender who could see action in a variety of roles in the nickel package, but lacks that instinctive feel for the ball in flight. He has poor hands for the interception and his speed is generally negated in his backpedal due to poor techniques. He can flat out fly down field to break up the wedge on special teams, though, thus the comparisons to Osgood, as Anam's hopes for making a living at the next level is on special teams.

Career Notes

Of his 20 career starts, 13 were at right cornerback, six were at free safety and one was at strong safety.

2006 Season

Started all thirteen games at right cornerback … Finished second on the team with a career-high 69 tackles (44 solos) … Had 2.5 stops for losses of 8 yards and one quarterback pressure … Caused two fumbles and deflected three passes … Also had two interceptions.

2006 Game Analysis

Made three tackles (one solo) vs. Central Michigan … Registered seven tackles (one solo) in the Clemson clash … Recorded eight tackles (three solo) vs. BYU … Had five tackles (one solo) at North Carolina State … Posted five tackles (three solo) and forced one fumble vs. Maine … Had six tackles (three solo) in vs. Virginia Tech … Registered five stops (two solo) and had game-winning interception in the end zone as time expired vs. Florida State … Made four tackles (three solo) including one for a loss at Wake Forest … Had five stops (three solo) including 0.5 stops for loss vs. Duke and also made an interception and broke up two passes vs. the Blue Devils … Made five tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown vs. Maryland … Had five stops (three solo) and broke up one pass at Miami … Collected seven tackles (four solo), including 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

2005 Season

Played in eleven games, starting the first six contests at free safety before a left knee bruise vs. Virginia Tech would relegate him to reserve duty the second half of the season … Recorded 36 tackles (19 solos) with an assisted stop for a 1-yard loss … Also caused one fumble.

2005 Game Analysis

Totaled two solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the season opener at Brigham Young … Made two solo stops vs. Army … Tallied three tackles (two solos) vs. Florida State … Was credited with four tackles (three solos) at Clemson … Recorded one solo and one assisted tackle vs. Ball State … Added a solo tackle and one forced fumble (late in the first quarter) vs. Virginia … Registered a season-high six tackles (four solos) vs. Wake Forest … Recorded three tackles (two solos) at Virginia Tech … Had two assisted stops at North Carolina … Matched his season high with six tackles (one solo), including 0.5 tackle for loss, at Maryland and made a key downfield block on Jolonn Dunbar's 94-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter … Had four tackles (one solo) vs. Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.

2004 Season

Saw significant time at strong safety for the Eagles; earned one start ? in the regular-season finale vs. Syracuse … Finished with 25 tackles, including 15 solo stops and had a 9-yard sack with a pass deflection.

2004 Game Analysis

Totaled three solo tackles, two assists and 1.0 sack in the season opener at Ball State … Tallied four solo tackles at Wake Forest … Registered two solo stops and one assist vs. Massachusetts … Recorded one unassisted tackle and one assist at Pittsburgh … Posted one solo tackle and one assist at Notre Dame … Added three assists at Temple … Made his first career start vs. Syracuse, totaling three unassisted tackles, one assist and one pass break-up.

2003 Season

Saw action in ten games as a reserve strong safety … Finished the season with 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops, a 10-yard sack and a 9-yard interception return.

2003 Game Analysis

Made one unassisted tackle and one assisted tackle at Connecticut … Tallied two solo stops vs. Miami … Credited with three solo tackles vs. Ball State … Recorded one assisted tackle and one pass break-up at Temple … Made three solo tackles, including a crucial sack in a third-&-12 situation, and one interception (9-yard return) vs. Pittsburgh.

2002 Season

Redshirted as a freshman, performing on the scout team as a strong safety.

Injury Report

2005: Suffered a left knee bruise vs. Virginia Tech and played in just one series the following week vs. North Carolina.

2006: Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder during March camp … Also had some instability in his shoulders during that exam.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash … 320-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 320-pound power clean … 39.5-inch vertical jump … 10'11" broad jump … 4.19 20-yard shuttle … 6.89 three-cone drill … 30 5/8-inch arm length … 8 3/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 14/23 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended American (Hialeah, Fla.) High School, earning 2001 All-Dixie honors from Super Prep as a senior at American High School … Captured All-State second-team accolades that season, adding All-Dade County honors as a junior and senior … Recorded a team-high 105 tackles, including 85 solos, in his senior season, while also coming up with eight sacks and one interception while leading American to an 8-4 record … Also excelled on the track team, advancing to the state finals in the 200-meters and the 4x100 relay as a junior.

Personal

Communications major, enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences … Son of Oliver and the late Abose Anam … Born Olanrewaju O. Anam on 10/29/83 … Resides in Miramar, Florida.

 
 

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