2019 Oregon, Texas, Washtinton, USC, Senior Bowl
Bradlee's a game wrecker of a pass rusher and has yet to even come close to peaking. The Utah edge defender has a ton of pass rush moves and will be groomed into an elite hand fighter with the proper coaching. His effort, attitude, and high motor is relentless. Anae lived in opponent's backfields; whether it was shooting the gap and winning with his initial quickness, using counter moves, or beating would be blockers to the arc, Bradlee can get to the QB in several ways.
His size, frame, and length make it hard for him to be equally dominant against the ground game. He's typically stalemated but never blown off the line. Anae's not the most agile and missed a few tackles in the open field due to his inability to change directions laterally. He'll likely not be in on first downs, short yardage situations, and obvious running situations.
Bradley Anae is a highly productive pass rusher who dominated the Pac-12 throughout his collegiate career at Utah. He finished with 131 total tackles, 40 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks and added another 5 forced fumbles in 39 total games played at Utah. He comes from a serious athletic pedigree and shows a true love for the game of football. Anae will improve any front seven he is added to but is likely best suited as a pure pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme. His one downfall being his size as a run defender but will have a serious impact on 3rd downs. His athleticism may limit him from all-pro status, although his high motor and relentless effort style of play will make him a viable starter for years to come. The first team All Pac-12, third team AP All-American's tape should give him an early-mid 2nd round consideration. Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd round Team Fits: Buccaneers, Giants, Cardinals Pro Comp: Olivier Vernon
Very quick off the snap but lacks elite agility that shows when changing direction and moving laterally. Flexibility is rarely showcased on film and typically wins with explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. Anae typically wins with effort and technique more so than athleticism.
Pass Rush Ability:
Use of Hands
Pass Rush Moves
Big Play Ability
His first step is deadly! Bradlee has a top 3-5 get off in this year's draft class and is destructive when he beats his opponent to the target. His rip, swim, and overall hand fighting ability is his strongest trait as a pass rusher. Anae dominated the Senior Bowl with 3 sacks, all of which were attributed to his hands and "hulk like" forearm smash of a club pass rush move. IF he can beat the tackle to the arc, he is very good at turning the corner and swiping his opponents arms away. Bradlee has a true pass rush arsenal and can win in a multitude of ways, from counters, to spins, to a speed to power bull rush, there's nothing this prospect can't do from a pass rushing standpoint.
Against The Run:
Lacks the size and play strength to be as dominant of a run defender as he is in the passing game. Although he's rarely pushed off the line of scrimmage, once engaged he's stalemated and struggles to break away when blockers are able to gain inside hand placement. Anae's does a great job at setting the edge and has the patients needed to not crash the middle. A lot of his tackles came from second and third effort plays and can be linked to the edge rusher's relentless pursuit to the ball carrier. Will likely be a rotational rusher and not see much action on first down but shouldn't be considered a liability versus the run.
Set the Edge
Stack and Shed
Gap Shooting Ability
His motor is outstanding and has a willingness to chase players down in the second level as well as across the field. The Utah prospect is tough as nails, mean as hell, and plays with an attitude. Willing to punish a ball carrier any chance he gets and has a destructive highlight reel of sacks and QB hits.
Very instinctual in terms of reading a play but occasionally bit on RPO’s due to being over aggressive. Anae consistently held his responsibility to maintain and hold the edge, forcing run plays back to the inside instead of trying to pad his statline. He improved every statistical category year after year and improved every facet of his game from his freshman year to his senior year.