St. Louis Rams: Five Defensive Linemen Who Make Real Sense in the 2015 NFL Draft

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Henry Anderson– DT, Stanford- 6’6, 294

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Though the Rams have deviated from this model over the past year with the additions of Aaron Donald and Nick Fairley and the subtraction of Kendall Langford and Matt Conrath, they had previously stuck to a strict prototype of defensive tackles who were at least 6-foot-5 and ranging around 300 pounds. Anderson is a player who fits this model well and could be the backup to Michael Brockers that the Rams currently don’t have on their roster.

Anderson is a well-disciplined defensive tackle who is very technically sound. While he’ll never be an Aaron Donald-like difference maker, he should be a solid rotational tackle in rather short order and could add some depth where the Rams don’t have much beyond Donald, Brockers, and Fairley. He’s athletic and moves well laterally, and he has experience rushing from all over the defensive line. The Rams may be intrigued by that quality, considering that they attempted to work in Alex Carrington and Matt Conrath as jumbo defensive ends, a la Red Bryant, last preseason. If the Rams have addressed their strongest needs by the middle rounds, Anderson would be a solid depth pickup.

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