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Will Cowboys DE Bradlee Anae be the Day 3 Steal of the NFL Draft?

The got incredible value throughout the . It started strong with , the sixth overall player on their draft board. The value drafting continued through the fifth round when they selected Utah rusher with the last pick of the fifth round.

Bradlee Anae was an incredibly productive player for the Utah Utes throughout his collegiate career posting 29.5 and 40 tackles for loss.

& Fumbles Table
Tack Tack Tack Tack Tack Def Def Fumb Fumb
Year School Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk TD PD FR FF
*2016 Utah FR DE 3 4 0 4 2.0 2.0 0 0 0 0
*2017 Utah SO DE 12 25 14 39 10.0 7.0 0 0 2 3
*2018 Utah JR DE 12 24 23 47 14.0 7.5 0 3 0 1
*2019 Utah SR DE 12 30 11 41 14.0 13.0 0 0 0 1
Career Utah 83 48 131 40.0 29.5 0 3 2 5
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 5/11/2020.

He didn't test very well at the NFL , which is what led to his draft fall, but he comes in as one of the most technically polished pass rushers in the entire class. Most of his measurements were about average when compared to other edge rushers in the class, but his 20-yard shuttle and broad jump certainly show enough explosion and quickness to make an impact as an in the NFL.

On Saturday, ESPN analysts answered a bevy of questions about the NFL Draft, and Field Yates thinks Bradlee Anae could be THE day three steal of the NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys  Bradlee Anae will be the steal of Day 3. The fifth-round pick out of Utah will be counted on early in his career, as the team is looking for additional rushers to play opposite . To be candid, I'm not entirely sure why Anae made it to the fifth round, but I believe he'll prove himself to be a worthwhile contributor for Dallas right away.

Field Yates –

As the Cowboys await the of edge rushers and , Anae has an opportunity to find a role early in his career with the Dallas Cowboys. As Yates mentions, playing across from DeMarcus Lawrence and with in the middle, Anae could see plenty of one-on-one opportunities.

The Dallas Cowboys need to find pass-rushing productivity from someone this after losing to the this offseason. Bradlee Anae could be the “two” in the Cowboys 1-2 punch at pass rusher. His motor and technique will earn him chances to be a difference-maker for the Cowboys his rookie season and prove to be the steal of the draft on day three.

John Williams
John Williams
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