One of the more underrated picks of the recent NFL Draft was made by the Cowboys in the 5th Round.
Utah DE Bradlee Anae has put up monster numbers in his last three years, especially in this past 2019 season when he was the best defensive player on a borderline playoff team with an elite defense.
He was an extremely productive college player and put up far better numbers than numerous DEs taken before him.
This makes many question how Anae fell so far down the board to the Cowboys in the 5th Round at Pick #179.
This was mainly due to his slow 40-time of 4.93 and a smaller weight of only 257 lbs.
Despite these, not great physical stature and numbers, he managed great numbers through Pac-12 competition.
Anae will start off as a backup DE playing behind star DeMarcus Lawernce, Tyrone Crawford, and possibly Dorance Armstrong and Aldon Smith as well. Known as a hard worker, do not be surprised if he moves up the depth chart through good performances in training camp and preseason. He is a player that improved his game every year at Utah since 2016 and has an upside to keep improving each year.
He was not heavily recruited out of high school and yet worked his way to being one of the best defensive players in the country this past season.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) June 1, 2020
Here is a sneak peek of what’s to come.
If Anae continues to improve drastically by the year, he could be a great player for the Mike Nolan defense going forward.
Cowboys fans should be excited to see the 2019 consensus All-American development this upcoming season.
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