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Player Photo Jamaal Anderson
Height: 6-6
Weight: 279
Position: Defensive End
College: Arkansas

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OVERVIEW

One of the most heralded prep receivers in the state of Arkansas, Anderson proved to be a very disruptive force for the Razorbacks on the opposite side of the ball. With his long arm reach, explosive burst, strength and size, he was a nightmare for opposing offensive tackles in unsuccessful attempts to keep him out of their backfield the last two seasons.

Despite starting only 19 of 36 games at Arkansas, Anderson ranks sixth on the school's career-record list with 17 1/2 quarterback sacks and is tied for ninth with Marcus Adair (1993-95) and NFL Hall of Fame member Dan Hampton (1975-78) with 32 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Anderson was a standout receiver and defensive end at Parkview High School. The Morning News rated him as the No. 19 prospect in Arkansas, and he was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in Arkansas by Super Prep. Max Emfinger rated him as the No. 50 flanker in the nation. He added All-Junior Arkansas honors in addition to receiving All-Conference accolades. Anderson was also voted the most outstanding receiver on his team.

He left as the all-time leading receiver at Parkview High after eclipsing the mark held by former Green Bay Packers tight end and current Arkansas Razorback Sports Network color commentator Keith Jackson. Anderson racked up 85 catches for 1,620 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also owns career school records for most receptions and most touchdown catches.

Arkansas won a recruiting battle with Alabama, Colorado, Florida and Mississippi for Anderson's services. As a true freshman in 2004, he appeared in 11 games as a reserve defensive end. He produced 18 tackles (12 solos) with two stops for losses and a pair of pressures. He also blocked a kick and deflected a pass.

In 2005, Anderson shared right defensive end duties with Anthony Brown before taking over that position full-time for the final five games when Brown was lost due to an injury. The sophomore made the most of this opportunity, accounting for 34 of his 47 tackles (28 solos), 8 1/2 of his 10 1/2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and three of his four sacks in his five starts.

Anderson was named All-American second-team by The NFL Draft Report and was a consensus All-Southeastern Conference choice as a junior in 2006. He ranked third in the nation and led the SEC with 13 1/2 sacks and finished 12th nationally and second in the league with 19 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He registered 26 pressures, caused a fumble and deflected six passes.

In 36 games at Arkansas, Anderson started 19 times. He recorded 130 tackles (84 solos) with 17 1/2 sacks for minus-128 yards and 32 stops for losses of 167 yards. He was credited with 35 quarterback pressures and eight pass deflections. He blocked one kick, caused a pair of fumbles and recovered another.

ANALYSIS

Positives: Has good arm length and reach, showing a tight abdomen and a frame that can carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Possesses that rare speed that lets him consistently explode past a lethargic offensive tackle … Demonstrates good knee bend and loose hips to redirect … When he stays low in his pads, he can generate leverage and keep his balance on the move … Changes direction well and has the lateral range to give a good chase in backside pursuit … Intelligent athlete who does well in school, having earned Honor Roll recognition at Arkansas … Has a natural feel for the game and is very good at jumping the play … Shows a nose for the ball, evident by the high amount of pressures he generates … Might lack brute strength, but he gets most of his pressures and sacks on second effort … Very good handling stunts because of his determination to make the play … Self-starter who doesn't need structure in the training room … Learned the proper technique of opening his hips and dipping his shoulders to get a strong push in his initial thrust … Has the sudden initial step off the ball to beat the offensive tackle off the edge … Lacks the lower body thickness to split double teams, but possesses the change of direction flexibility to drop his weight and re-direct when the gaps are plugged … When he keeps his hands active, his long arm reach allows him to defeat the combo block and re-route in backside pursuit … Demonstrates the ability to dip his shoulder to reach, grab and jerk the blocker off his stance … Uses his body lean well to slip off the offensive tackle's inside shoulder … Disruptive force in the Leonard Little (Rams) mold when he is utilized on stunts … Has the nimble feet and lateral range to flow to the ball with ease and can close in the short area with good explosion … Possesses the speed to chase down plays in backside pursuit and the change of direction agility to make plays outside the box … Has started to develop a better concept of gaining position, staying low in his pads and maintaining leverage in order to make the wrap-up tackle … When he drops his weight and plays with leverage, he can prevent the blockers from washing him out when working in-line … When he keeps his center of gravity low, it lets him get into the rush lane and push back the lead blocker to clog the holes … You can see on film that he has a good feel for blocking schemes … Might take wide angles at times, but he has the flexibility and balance to come back down under … Despite his lack of hand usage, he sees the field well and is quick to spot even the slightest of creases in order to shoot the gaps … His spin moves and quickness let him easily defeat the slower offensive tackles when working off the edge … Quick to find the ball in a crowd and is alert to offensive adjustments at the pre-snap … Can still be fooled a bit by play-action or misdirection, but he generally has a natural feel for the flow of the ball.

Negatives: Can be sudden in his initial movement, but lacks the overall strength, especially in his lower body, to escape from the blocker once the opponent latches on to him … Shows a good flow to the ball working down the line and has made very good strides in improving his footwork, but will still take a wide angle to the quarterback at times … Is efficient at using his arms in defeating reach blocks, but must develop more consistency with his hand thrust to jolt offensive linemen coming out of their stance … When he tries to take a wide path into the backfield, it leaves him susceptible to screen and draw plays to his side … If he can improve his upper body power and shoot his hands more, he would be more effective at beating double teams … Relies on quickness more than brute strength to penetrate inside and plays with good leverage and strength, but they will be negated when he fails to use his arms to combat blocks … Needs to stay lower in his pads to get through trash, but when he gets too erect in his stance, blockers can get underneath him and attack his legs … Good collision tackler, but will sometimes revert to grabbing and making arm tackles … Will sometimes over-pursue on the play, as he prefers to slip and avoid blockers rather than attacking them when coming off the edge (more combative working in-line).

Compares To: Aaron Schobel -- Buffalo … It is evident that Anderson is a great speed rusher coming off the edge or when stunting. Like Schobel, he needs to demonstrate better hand usage to keep blockers off his body, but both have the lateral range, second gear and explosion to be a disruptive force in the backfield. While Anderson is taller and heavier that Schobel, both rely on their quickness for most of their success at getting to the quarterback.

INJURY REPORT

No injuries reported.

AGILITY TESTS

Campus: 4.76 in the 40-yard dash … Bench presses 225 pounds 22 times … 320-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 33 5/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

HIGH SCHOOL

Attended Parkview (Little Rock, Ark.) High School, playing football for head coach Earnest McGee … Standout receiver and defensive end … The Morning News rated him as the No. 19 prospect in Arkansas and he was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in Arkansas by Super Prep … Max Emfinger rated him as the No. 50 flanker in the nation … Added All-Junior Arkansas honors in addition to receiving All-Conference accolades … Also voted the most outstanding receiver on his squad … Left as the all-time leading receiver at Parkview High history after eclipsing the mark held by former Green Bay Packers tight end and current Arkansas Razorback Sports Network color commentator Keith Jackson … Racked up 85 catches for 1,620 yards and 13 touchdowns … Also owns career school records for most receptions and most touchdown catches … Had 30 receptions for 430 yards and six touchdowns in just eight games as a senior … Tallied a school-record 166 yards and three touchdowns vs. Little Rock Central that year, but missed two games with a concussion … In his junior year, he hauled in 23 passes for 530 yards and four touchdowns … As a sophomore, Anderson collected 33 catches for 660 yards and three scores … Also excelled in basketball, where he was a teammate of fellow Razorback Marc Winston … Nominated for the McDonald's All-Star Basketball Game and also participated in track and field.

PERSONAL

Sociology major, enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences … Member of the 2004-05 Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll … Son of Karen and Glenn Anderson … Father played college basketball at Gallaudet University … Born 2/06/86 … Resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 
 
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