PROS: High-effort competitor that makes his share of plays simply because of hustle. Attacks the neutral zone with urgency. Has some impressive reps of outstanding snap anticipation and fluid releases out of his stance, that are capable of drawing offensive tackles quickly out of their foot cadence. Initial burst is excellent. Showcases good variety with his hand usage and occasionally times up a perfectly executed cross/chop and club/rip combos that wonderfully complements his initial quickness off the ball. Competes hard for his gap as a run defender and mostly holds his own exchanging power in the trenches when setting the edge. Some really good reps of gap-shooting against the run which accentuates his burst, motor and play strength.
CONS: Short arms and they are a problem on tape. Has difficulty playing with extension and clearing contact with any sort of consistency. Tightly wound frame presents challenges when he needs to reduce his surface area and corner the outside edge track. His stiffness combined with a lack of length, keeps him velcroed to blockers. Utah had him play in space quite a decent amount and he was super calculated and lacked comfort. Reps where he had to tackle in space were embarrassing and he looked like a fish out of water in coverage drops. Linear athlete. Explosive releases don't result in continued burst up the arc. Almost always played outside the left tackle. Dynamic physical traits and athleticism are lacking.
BEST TRAIT - Effort
WORST TRAIT - Length
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - John Simon
Bradlee Anae has been a productive defender for Utah across the last three seasons while rarely coming off the field. Given the volume of snaps he was on the field, his unrelenting effort is that much more impressive. While Anae isn’t without some technical refinement with his hands, he’s largely an effort player who wins with urgency, hustle and physicality. With that said, his stiff frame, lack of length and modest non-straight line mobility does present some restrictions at the next level. Anae has a role serving as a rotational base end in a 4-3 alignment, but he lacks the dynamic traits to project him to be an impact starter.