Draft Profile: BioMJ Anderson from Christian Brothers College High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Anderson joined Minnesota.
In 2019 as a freshman Anderson saw action in just one game and played a total of 3 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Golden Gophers in 2020 Anderson played in 5 games and took part in 65 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He recorded just one tackle, one assist, while adding 2 stops. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 5 total pressures, and 3 QB hurries, one QB hit, and one sack during the year.
In 2021 as a junior Anderson played in 10 games and contributed on 176 snaps. He recorded just 6 tackles, 3 assists while making 6 stops. As a pass rusher, he produced 10 total pressures, which included 7 QB hurries, 2 QB hits, and one sack on the year.
After season's end Anderson transferred to Iowa State where as a senior for the Cyclones in 2022 Anderson played 12 games and took part in 364 snaps for the Cyclones. He also added 24 tackles, 5 assists, and 23 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 19 total pressures, which included 12 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 4 sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Flashes nimble feet to chase running backs and mobile quarterbacks to the sideline when lined up at end. Spins off blocks to get back into the play.
- Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to either side with strong hands.
- He’s a high-motor player, and Anderson shows good enough hand use, as well as a tight spin move, to win as an edge rusher.
- Combines excellent power with initial quickness, but one of his best attributes are his violent hands, which he uses with impressive precision.
- Anderson has a wide base and a low center of gravity to hold his ground, as well as the upper-body strength to shed blockers.
- A technician with a high motor, he has a variety of moves and displays exceptionally good hand use. Anderson shows a strong finishing burst and has the power to hold at the point of attack as a run defender.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Doesn’t have explosive athleticism, and Anderson lacks the quickness to consistently win as an edge burner. He’s going to have to win through creativity and effort.
- Anderson has to develop a counter move or two in the pass rush, and he needs to make better use of his hands.
- Not overly flexible or loose. Limited, predictable pass-rush arsenal. Struggles to locate the ball at times and needs to do a better job with his read-and-react skills.
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