Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson will join teammates Kaelin Clay and Eric Rowe at the NFL Combine. Anderson announced his invitation via his Twitter account.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>NFL Combine 2015 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RedRocket?src=hash">#RedRocket</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RacingToMyDreams?src=hash">#RacingToMyDreams</a> <a href="http://t.co/113pOd0a5T">http://t.co/113pOd0a5T</a></p>— Dres Anderson (@DrizzyDrezz_6) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrizzyDrezz_6/status/554038902064173056">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Anderson led Utah in receiving yards in his sophomore (2012) and junior (2013) seasons. After a strong junior season (53 receptions, 1,002 yards, and 7 touchdowns), Anderson's stats dropped this season due to suffering a season ending knee injury in Utah's seventh game against USC. He finished the year with 22 receptions, 355 yards, and 4 touchdowns. When Anderson played, he showed his explosiveness with three catches of 40 yards or more this year. Last season, he led the nation with seven catches of 50 yards or more. He was listed as one of the 12 most explosive players in college football before the season by NFL.com. He made a clutch 42-yard touchdown catch to help Utah pull the upset of then No. 8 UCLA on the road.
Anderson accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl, but it was a symbolic move since he likely will not be able to participate due to injury.
Anderson had one of the best careers of any Utah wide receiver. He finished fifth on Utah's career receiving list with 2,077 yards on 134 receptions. He had 17 receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in his career. Anderson was also a team captain and leader. He mentored many of the younger wide receivers like Kenric Young.
It was never made public the nature of Anderson's injury to his knee, so the length of his recovery is unknown. As part of the last home game, Anderson came out of the tunnel but was on crutches. If Anderson is healthy for the NFL Combine, it will likely help his draft stock mightily since he can show off his speed and athleticism. He has decent size for an NFL wide receiver at 6-1, 187. There are two things though that could hurt his draft stock. If Anderson is not fully recovered from his injury, that will likely cause him to drop. He also does not have the greatest hands. He would make circus catches but would often drop easy passes. He went without a catch against Washington State this season for the first time since the 2012 season. A strong combine could make NFL scouts forget about some of those drops. Now, enjoy some highlights of the Red Rocket.