The 6’2”, 245 pound senior defensive end (with tentacle-like 34 3/8” arms) recorded 30 tackles (16 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 2 passes defensed, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery during 14 starts for the Cougars in 2021—earning First-Team All-AAC honors.
Anenih is a long-armed, explosive edge—who plays with a high motor and a lot of energy, but will need to improve his hand usage and have a clear pass rushing ‘plan of attack’ at the next level. He ran an impressive 4.74 forty time at his recent Pro Day.
Here’s what they’re saying on Anenih:
@DAnenih’s length and how he uses it is really unique. Good call Joe. So much to show NFL teams this draft process!— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) January 5, 2022
David Anenih is a talented dude. Pretty underrated, in my opinion.— Ian Cummings (@ian_cummings_9) April 1, 2022
Around 6'2", 251 pounds with arms over 34". Super explosive on tape. Repped 25 times at the bench press at his pro day. https://t.co/cIbMJ4QDB4
The @seniorbowl is looking live at @UHCougarFB vs. @GreenWaveFB. Saints first-rounder Payton Turner in building checking out teammates #92 Logan Hall (@loganhall_), disruptive early-round 3-tech, & #12 David Anenih (@DAnenih), explosive long-armed EDGE.#TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™️ pic.twitter.com/FhVZJRcO5P— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) October 7, 2021
Been watching David Anenih this morning. Wanted to see him vs.a very good OL/QB. 2020 BYU. Converts speed to power so well and uses that long arm to keep Brady Christensen off him. SACKs Zach Wilson. Only 240lbs here. pic.twitter.com/xxMHGpegoA— Matt Alkire (@mattalkire) January 13, 2022
He didn't get the sack, but David Anenih is consistently disrupting the action in the pocket. pic.twitter.com/VhXe2PTirp— Brennen Rupp (@Brennen_Rupp) February 26, 2022
It’s not hard to see that Anenih has a lot of the physical traits that Colts general manager Chris Ballard, as well as a lot of other NFL general managers covet as a pass rushing prospect—namely, his length, explosion, athleticism, and speed.
He’s one of the better developmental pass rushing prospects in this year’s draft class.
Anenih could be a sleeper of sorts for the Colts—at some point later on in the NFL Draft, potentially giving new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley another intriguing piece to work with up front to help generate additional pass pressure and create unique looks on defense.