One of the biggest defensive line additions that the Indianapolis Colts made this offseason came in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. With their third round pick, the Colts selected Henry Anderson out of Stanford, and he seems to be a perfect fit for the Colts' 3-4 system and is a talented player.
The 6-6, 300 pound lineman spent five years at Stanford, where he played in 48 games (starting 35 of them) and recorded 170 tackles, 17 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and seven passes defensed. In his senior season in 2014, Anderson racked up 65 tackles (15 for loss), 8.5 sacks, and two passes defensed, earning him a number of honors - such as first-team Pac-12, first-team Pac-12 All-Academic, and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He played all over the defensive line at Stanford and brings that versatility to the Colts, though he is likely to be slotted at defensive end. He has good pass rush skills and, again, is a very good fit in the Colts' system. He is a player who the team can absolutely work with and who is an intriguing piece for the defensive line both this year and in the future.
But what exactly will his role be this season? Well, it won't be as a starter, as Kendall Langford will be starting at defensive end and Arthur Jones at defensive tackle, while Josh Chapman appears to be the starter at nose tackle. But where Anderson might really be able to make an impact is as a depth guy and situational role player, as he should be able to grasp enough this year to be able to contribute. He's a guy that the Colts can continue to work with but who could also have a significant impact this year. There are plenty of other depth options who could be competing for snaps from Anderson, but he's definitely an intriguing player to keep an eye on for the Colts - for the future, certainly, but also for 2015.