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#213 - 6th Round - Baltimore, Derek Anderson, QB, OREGON STATE

Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. Hostile

    Hostile Jason Garrett's Loudest Supporter Zone Supporter

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    Compensatory selection

    Ravens select...Derek Anderson
    QB | (6'6", 242, 5.09) | OREGON STATE
  2. Juke99

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    Strengths: Has excellent size. Is tall, well-built and strong. Has very good arm strength and can make all the NFL throws. Shows good zip on deep out routes and can fit the ball into tight spots downfield that most QB's in this class couldn't. Has the arm strength and flashes the touch/timing to beat you with the deep ball. Has adequate quickness and gets a quick set in his drops. Lacks speed but is a smooth athlete that can avoid the rush if he feels it. Shows the ability to throw on the run. He is tough. Will step into his throws and will take a hit. Has been super durable. Has outstanding intangibles and leadership skills. A hard-worker, intelligent player and high-character person.

    Weaknesses: Decision making skills improved as a senior but still inconsistent and need to be improved. Needs to better protect the football. He forces too many throws into coverage. Trusts his arm too much at times. Is streaky and can be erratic. Will fit the ball into a tight spot on one throw and then completely miss the strike zone on the next. Is smooth and athletic for his size, but lacks speed and is not a big threat to run. Pocket presence is below average. Doesn't feel the rush coming as quickly as he should  and that may be an instinctive thing that never improves. Has been very durable but still takes too many big hits and hasn't learned to protect his body.

    Overall: Anderson, ambidextrous, was a highly-touted athlete as a senior in high school -- in football and basketball. Anderson played in five games as a backup his true freshman season in 2001 and was a fulltime starter the next three seasons from 2002-'04 without missing a start (38-consecutive starts). Anderson's first three seasons were plagued by inconsistency  in 2003 he threw as many interceptions (24) as he did touchdowns  but he had his best and most consistent season as a senior in 2004. He led the Beavers to a 7-5 record, including the Insight Bowl victory over Notre Dame. He finished his senior season completing 54.2-percent of his attempts for 3,615 yards with 29 TD's and 17 INT's. Anderson has prototypical size and arm strength for an NFL quarterback. He lacks good top-end speed but he has adequate-to-good mobility for his size. His intangibles, work-ethic and leadership skills are outstanding. If Anderson is going to reach his full potential he needs time and very good coaching because his accuracy is inconsistent and his decision-making skills, while improved, are not where they need to be at this point. In our opinion, however, Anderson has enough upside and showed enough improvement as a senior to warrant late Day-1 consideration.

    * Player biographies are provided by Scouts Inc.

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