Teams in the NFL covet players with the ability to play multiple positions. For one, it allows versatility in team construction. Having a player that can fall into multiple slots allows coaches and GMs to add players in more important positions of need.
That’s exactly what Alabama A&M Bulldogs wide receiver/tight end Dee Anderson is hoping for as next week’s NFL draft approaches. Anderson is another in a deep crop of potential HBCU draft picks.
While Anderson prefers the tag of “wide receiver,” he also understands that a team may want him to serve in a hybrid role and utilize him at different positions on offense, which would likely mean more touches.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Anderson led the SWAC with 12 touchdown receptions — on just 33 receptions! That means he hit pay dirt just about every three times he touched the ball.
Anderson developed a lethal rapport with NFL QB prospect Aqeel Glass. Having a savvy, NFL-caliber quarterback controlling the offense contributed to Anderson’s current viability as a player on the NFL draft radar.
Anderson performed in front of all 32 NFL scouts at the inaugural HBCU Combine in Mobile, in partnership with the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The talented red zone specialist did nothing to damage his opportunity to make an NFL roster.
“They’re trying to see where I’m at. Tight end or receiver. I say that I’m a weapon. I’m not going to say I’m a tight end. I like receiver more, but look I’m a weapon. I can do anything and play anywhere.”
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) April 20, 2022
Anderson Displayed His Formidable “Ups” at Pro Day
Anderson weighed in at a sleek 218 pounds at his pro day in March. His 4.52 in the 40-yard dash wasn’t blazing, but very solid for a receiver of his physical stature. He excelled in the vertical and broad jump, which is a clear indication for NFL teams that he can excel as a red zone target, particularly on jump balls in the back of the end zone.
His performance, combined with some real solid game tape should support his case for securing a draft spot or at least a free agent look. NFL teams are always seeking more dynamic performers to add to their stable of playmakers. Anderson’s unique touchdown scoring ability is something you just can’t overlook.
Anderson Found Happiness After Unsuccessful Stints At LSU and Oklahoma State
After three seasons in Baton Rouge, one in Stillwater and his college eligibility expiring, Anderson decided to find a program where he could get more playing time and an offense that would use his skill set more exclusively. After things went south in those two Power Five spots, Anderson decided to give the HBCU route a go.
Alabama A&M WR Dee Anderson's pro day numbers. #Titans were in attendance.
3 Cone: 4.38
L Drill: 7.0
QB Aqeel Glass➡️Anderson resulted in 33 rec for 493 yds and 12 TDs in 9 games last season. https://t.co/BoDqarNbrf
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 9, 2022
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Joining the “ABAM Bulldogs” and sticking with the team was important to Anderson because he had already been to two schools and didn’t want to become known as a “mercenary” or “nomad.” Those are just nice ways of saying that he’s a talented player who can’t work within a structure.
Anderson shined in his one year in Huntsville, setting himself up for a legitimate shot at the next level. Expect Anderson to hear his name called before the draft concludes on April 30.
Whichever team drafts him will enjoy his elite catch radius and physicality to and through the football. In a league that utilizes mismatches, Anderson should fit seamlessly. His frame and size is a lot like former Michigan and Carolina hybrid pass catcher Devin Funchess. His nose for the end zone is what separates Anderson from receivers who might be more heralded.