Denver Broncos Land CSU TE Trey McBride and Montana State LB Troy Andersen in NFL.com Mock Draft
Another position that is trending down in overall value in today’s NFL, much like tight end, is off-ball linebacker. In the past decade, no position has had more first-round failures than linebacker. However, the league is full of great linebackers selected on Day 2 of the draft.
At 75 years old overall, Andersen would be a very good selection for the Broncos. Even though the linebacker is devalued in today’s game, a good athlete at the second tier of defense is still a valuable commodity.
Andersen is not only a good athlete for the job, but he is a more athlete. After recording an extremely fast 40-yard run time at the NFL Combine of 4.42 seconds and a solid series of jumps with a vertical of 36 inches and a spread of 128 inches, his combination of solid size and all-around athletic skills make of him an extremely intriguing. athlete.
While athleticism doesn’t always translate to success at linebacker (probably a big reason why there are so many first-round busts at that position), one area it does translate to is that of a pass rusher. Andersen would be a fun blitz option for defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero in this defense.
Andersen has questions about his ability to read his keys and adapt to the run, but given his keen football acumen, having played running back and quarterback to great success for the State of Montana in the Big Sky conference, his relative brutality at the position could mean he’s only scratching the ceiling of his potential.