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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Zayne Anderson

  • The Draft Network
  • February 8, 2021
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Zayne Anderson aligns as the big nickel for the BYU defense. He will align there in coverage and has also aligned as a traditional outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. He is an average reactive athlete, as demonstrated in his agility in coverage. In the run game, he plays with good feel, awareness, and instincts in the box. When aligned in the slot, he can reroute a No. 2 and get to his zone drop. He also has some coverage upside in the slot and shows sufficient deep speed as well. 

Ideal Role: PUDFA/Developmental player.

Scheme Fit: Any.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Cal (2018), Utah (2019), La. Tech (2020)

Best Game Studied: Utah (2019)

Worst Game Studied: La. Tech (2020)

Football IQ: He plays the game with good football IQ and instincts, especially in his feel and awareness around the box. 

Tackling: He is average as a tackler. While he plays with good instincts, he is light at the point of attack and doesn’t consistently finish tackles. 

Versatility: He has average versatility and his skill set dictates that he should remain at safety only.

Range: He displays less than ideal range, as evidenced in his speed to get to his spot in zone.

Ball Skills: He has average ball skills and hasn’t been productive against the pass. 

Run Defense: He is average as a run defender. He demonstrates good feel in the box, but falls off some tackles due to a lack of good power at the point of attack.

Functional Athleticism: He has less than ideal athleticism, as evidenced in his agility in coverage. 

Competitive Toughness: He has average competitive toughness, as evidenced in his run game aggression. 

Flexibility: He has average positional flexibility and should remain at safety only

Special Teams: He has some upside on special teams due to his straight-line speed.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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