Former Utah DE Bradlee Anae Puts Up Impressive Numbers In NFL Scouting Combine

Feb 29, 2020, 10:32 PM | Updated: Mar 1, 2020, 3:29 pm
Defensive lineman Bradlee Anae of Utah runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil St...
Defensive lineman Bradlee Anae of Utah runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 29, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Utah Utes defensive end Bradlee Anae turned some heads at the NFL Scouting Combine with great results that will certainly raise his draft stock.

A projected second or third round pick, Anae could be early second or possibly a first round selection after his NFL Combine results.

Anae was impressive in all of his drills that he competed in while all 32 NFL teams were represented in Indianapolis.

The NFL hands out prospect grades to each participant in the Combine that is based off of everything they do. The grading scale is from 5.0 to 8.0. An 8.0 grade is considered a perfect prospect. Anae was given a 6.22 grade which is above “good backup who could become starter” and below “will be starter within first two seasons.”

NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein compared Anae to Dawuane Smoot.

Here are the measurements from the NFL for Anae.

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 257 lbs.
  • Arms: 32 1/8″
  • Hands: 10 1/8″

40-Yard Dash

Anae ran a 4.93 40-yard dash which is good for 21st among a long list of defensive linemen. Notable names that finished below Anae’s time includes Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa (5.04), LSU’s Rashard Lawrence II (5.07), Alabama’s Raekwon Davis (5.12) and Ohio State’s DaVon Hamilton (5.14).

Among the defensive linemen, N.C. State’s James Smith-Williams had the fastest 40-yard dash time with 4.60.

Bench Press

Anae benched 25 reps of 225 lbs. at the Combine. That was good for eighth among all of the participants in his position group. He had more reps than Auburn’s Marlon Davidson (21), Penn State’s Yetur Gros-Matos (20) and Epenesa (17).

DaVon Hamilton from Ohio State had 33 reps which was the most in the Combine.

Vertical Jump

The vertical jump was a favorable drill for Anae who jumped 31 inches. That result was good for 10th among the defensive linemen. He performed better than James Lynch from Baylor (29), Alabama’s Davis (28) and Auburn star Derrick Brown (27).

Jonathan Garvin from Miami jumped 36 inches which was the most.

Broad Jump

Anae had the eighth longest broad jump among d-lineman in the combine by jumping 115 inches. Florida’s Jabari Zuniga (127) had the longest broad jump followed by Jonathan Garvin from Miami (125), James Smith-Williams (123), Gross-Yetur (120) among others.

Texas DL Malcolm Roach (114), Lynch (111), Davis from Alabama (111) and Derrick Brown (108) had shorter jumps than Anae.

Three-Cone Drill

In the three-cone drill, Anae finished his drill in 7.44 seconds. That is good for 10th in the Combine. North Dakota State star Derrek Tuszka had the fastest time of 6.87 seconds.

Derrick Brown had the longest time recorded at 8.22.

20-Yard Shuttle

Anae finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.43 seconds. He recorded the sixth fastest time in his position group. Only Charlotte’s Alex Highsmith (4.31), Syracuse DL Alton Robinson (4.32), Jonathan Greenard from Florida (4.34), North Dakota State’s Derrek Tuszka (4.34), Jason Strowbridge (4.37) from North Carolina and James Lynch from Baylor (4.39) had better times.

Benito Jones from Ole Miss had the slowest time of 5.27.

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