In a relatively quiet move, the Indianapolis Colts have signed former 2007 First Round (seventh overall) draft pick Jamaal Anderson. Although Anderson has failed to live up to his draft status, and could seem like a ho hum addition to the roster, he could be just the kind of rotational defensive linemen that Colts need to improve inside and out. Coltzilla’s own Travis Tango took the time to get in touch with Dave Choate, head editor of The Falcoholic, to get his impressions on Anderson and what Colts fans should expect from their new defensive lineman.
Here’s a brief scouting report:
The first thing you need to know about Jamaal Anderson is that he’s a draft bust. For Falcons fans, that’s sort of where the story begins and ends.
But for a free agent coming in with zero expectations, Anderson is a solid player. He’s not much of a pass rusher—at least he wasn’t in Atlanta—but he’s able to play multiple roles. An excellent run-stopper, he’s effective off the edge and can play as an undersized but ferocious defensive tackle when called upon. His versatility is effectively his calling card at this point in his career.
Still young, Anderson might eventually become the player the Falcons hoped he would be. For now, I wouldn’t expect more than a valuable reserve run-stopper who can rotate inside and out. I think he’s a nice value signing for you guys.
Going along with the reputation as a solid run stopping defensive lineman, particularly at defensive end, Pro Football Focus tweeted earlier today that Anderson was the number six overall defensive end in the NFL stopping the run in 2010. Since Raheem Brock left the Colts, and Keyunta Dawson took over, the team has been looking for a hybrid defensive tackle and defensive end who has the ability to stop the run and potentially put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Anderson has not proven consistency as a pass rusher to this point in his career but the 6-foot 6-inch, 289-pound defensive lineman will likely not see the field a great deal on passing downs — Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Jerry Hughes, Fili Moala, Eric Foster, and John Chick are the players many project as the most promising pass rushing threats on the team.
If Anderson works well with John Teerlinck’s system, however, he could put a lot of pressure on Foster or Ricardo Mathews for a final roster spot. He is a player fans should keep a close eye on during training camp and the preseason as he could be a surprise regular contributor during the season.