I’m going to go out on a limb and stand on this statement, if this kid were healthy his entire college career, he would be the best linebacker coming out of Florida this year and entering the NFL draft. His practices at Senior Bowl week showed me even more of what I already knew about this young man with the flowing blonde hair (David Lee Roth, circa 1984). Just like D.L.R. owned stages in the mid 80’s, I think Mr. Anzalone will own IDP stat sheets in the upcoming years, “IF” he can stay off the injury report.
Anzalone (pronounced ann-zuh-LOAN-ee) played in 8 games this past season for Florida and collected 53 tackles before going down with a broken arm.
I tend to like players who play with all out abandon, passion and heart, and Alex is one of them. He makes up a hell of a lot of space on the field and can hang with running backs coming out of the backfield or tight ends headed down the seam. He can meet up with blockers and is not shy to take them on and win. Can go gap to gap and plug them up. Has amazing closing speed and can swivel his hips with ease. I’ve also seen him get small and squeak through the line on blitzes. If you know IDP, you know this kid can easily be a three down LBer, and that is beautiful music to an IDP dude like me. He will be the Florida LBer to draft for your IDP squad (Unless this next section rears its nasty head). Just know that he has the impressive ability to play in every defensive scheme.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries…. This leads to minimal production and minimal film for me to research, also leading to the fact that he has never forced a fumble or netted even one interception during his time at Florida. Outside of injury, I only saw a couple of negatives in his overall game. He sometimes stops manning his assignments and stays too long in coverage. Alex tends to play with his hair on fire so much so that sometimes he loses track on ball fakes. The other small things he does are aspects that can be corrected with pro coaching and strength conditioning.
I dislike doing these player profiles sometimes because I know some folks who read this that I play against in IDP. Well, since I have been playing in IDP leagues since 2008. I’m going to say, (in my humble opinion) that if you can let the bigger names go by in your IDP leagues drafts and pick up this kid later, I think you will be better off. If, and that’s a good sized “IF!” Mr. Anzalone can stay healthy; you will have yourself a gifted athlete with size, speed and great movement in space linebacker. NFL teams will fall in love with his possibilities, and I can see him becoming a three-down linebacker, and an overall more well-rounded version of Clay Matthews sooner than later. So, if you have read my sit/starts and see my high success rate then heed my words on this dude. If he can stay away from the trainer’s room then you will have yourself a beast on your IDP roster.
Even being injured this past year for the Gators, Anzalone still was third overall in tackles on the team! I really hope he can play with the same tenacity and still come out unscathed in the NFL.
My Combine projections: 4.59 40 yard dash
My NFL Draft projection: Round 3
My 2017 IDP rookie rank: 4th out of 17 http://dynastyfootballfactory.com/dynasty-player-rankings/jt-rookie-lbers-2017/
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