Round Two: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah
Bradlee Anae was good in college. Like, really good in college. Like, consensus All-American, Utah Utes recorder holder, Morris trophy winner levels of really good.
That Morris trophy, which goes to the best defensive lineman in the PAC-12 conference, came through strong play that largely stayed consistent, rather than showing up big in spurts before disappearing.
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Anae recorded 14 tackles for loss and 13 sacks in 12 games played for Utah in his senior year and recorded at least a half-sack in eight of those 12 games. While not quite as wowing as his final year with the Utes, Anae’s sophomore and junior seasons are impressive as well, finishing with over 10 TFL’s and seven sacks in both those seasons.
Just about every draft analyst speaks about Anae’s ‘high-motor’ when watching his tape and it’s easy to see why. Anae rushes the quarterback like he’s a hitman with a contract out for whoever’s holding the ball. You’ll never see Anae quit on a play, and it’s lead to some impressive stat sheets over the years.
While Anae played on the defensive line in college, his smaller frame translates more to a pass-rushing 3-4 linebacker at the NFL level. Despite the Titans bringing in Vic Beasley to play opposite Harold Landry as an EDGE linebacker, Anae has the potential to take over that role if Beasley can’t perform.