Florida’s Alex Anzalone selected by New Orleans Saints in 2017 NFL Draft

Alex Anzalone #34 of the Florida Gators celebrates a sack during a game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

6-foot-3, 241 pounds, LB

Alex Anzalone was the 12th pick in the third round (76th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.


Anzalone, a favorite in any Thor lookalike contests, became a regular in the training room and on the injury report during his four years with the Gators. His freshman and would-have-been junior years were both ended by right shoulder injuries, and his redshirt junior season was ended five games early due to a broken left arm. But the former two-way high school star out of Wyomissing, Pa., impressed when he played, compiling 53 tackles (four for loss) and three sacks in eight games last season.

Scouting report:

On the field, Anzalone looks an awful lot like a three-down NFL linebacker. He’s a big, fluid, explosive athlete who can chase down rushers, blitz the quarterback and cover running backs or tight ends. He should be a plug-and-play option in any system with the ability to play inside or outside. Durability is the primary concern here, and one that could see him selected significantly lower than his ability says he should go. His awareness also needs work, as he’s prone to being victimized by play fakes and misdirections.

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 4.63 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.25 seconds
3-cone-drill: 6.88 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Standing long jump: 9 feet, 8 inches
225-pound bench press: 16 reps

Quote of note:

“You saw at (Senior Bowl) practice how gifted he is athletically. He just has to prove he can stay on the field.” — NFC Personnel Director

Career highlights:

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