Falcons choose Anderson
Anderson (6’6″ 279) was one of the premier athletes in the draft. Evidenced when he ran a 4.76 40 at his pro day, benched 225 pounds 22 times, and had a 34-inch vertical leap. He was considered the second-rated defensive end by most draft experts. He started only 19 games at Arkansas, but tallied 99 tackles, 28 for loss, and 16.5 sacks during those games. Anderson entered the draft as an underclassman after a strong junior season in which he recorded 65 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks. Anderson is noted for his pass rush ability, along with his ability to play the run, making him considered by many the most complete defensive end at the top of the draft.
Anderson is likely to compete for the open left defensive end spot vacated by Patrick Kerney. Currently, third-year pro Chauncey Davis is slated to start at that position.