Pass Rush Skills: 6 Play Strength: 5 First Step: 6
Tackling: 5 Instincts: 4 Hand Usage: 6 Edge Bending: 5 Motor: 5
(Explanation of grades can be found here.)
Games Watched: @USC (B) @Washington (B) vs Arizona State (B) vs Oregon (B)
Strengths: Anae’s best trait is quickness and ability to rush the pass rusher. Comes off the line like a rocket leading to easy pressures and sacks. Has been a productive pass rusher throughout his career. Has a very wide array of moves and weapons to get to the QB. His best move is the straight speed rush, but he also shows rips, spins and bull rushes. He can then fake going wide and then cut inside. Has quick hands that he uses to swat linemen’s hands away. Has had stretches of play where he was dominant such as in the 4th quarter against Washington. Has thick frame with long arms.
Weaknesses: Anae struggles in defending the run. He has average strength and gets pushed out gaps. Loses contain and gets beat outside. Struggles shedding blocks. Sometimes just looks lost holding the corner. Has had multiple encroachment penalties. Motor isn’t good enough. Doesn’t make hustle plays. Often seen jogging to football.
When pass rushing he often goes far too wide. Good linemen will just ride him behind the QB. Doesn’t have the flexibility or strength to bend the edge consistently. Can go through long stretches of time without making an impact.
What we need to learn about him: I’d be very curious to see his actual size. If he can keep the burst he showed on tape, but with added strength and weight he can move up draft boards.
I’d also want to see more of him in coverage to see if he can play as an edge/outside linebacker hybrid.
Scheme: Anae usually plays over the left tackle in Utah’s hybrid defense. Most often lines up in a 5 tech but can move further outside. Plays standing up and with his hand on the ground. Drops into coverage on about 10% of his snaps. 3 year starter and impact contributor. Has a little experience playing special teams.
Injury History: No known injury history.
Summary: Bradlee Anae shows plenty of potentials to be a quality pass rusher at the next level but will likely struggle to help stop the run. Should be a pass rush specialist year one until he’s able to round out his skills.