Two-year starter limited to 10 games over his final two years at Florida due to injuries. Ranked third on the team with 53 tackles in 2016 and added three sacks and two pass breakups, playing eight games before a broken forearm ended his season. Played two games in 2015 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Battled through a shoulder injury as a true freshman to play 10 games, mostly on special teams.
Intense, run-defending linebacker best as a two-down player. Forceful, sells out to make plays and is instinctive at the same time. Reads and diagnoses the action, remains disciplined with assignments and breaks down well. Effectively uses his hands, slides off blocks from offensive linemen to get to the ball handler and wraps up tackling. Quick, explosive at the point and rarely off his feet. Keeps the action in front of him, plays heads-up football and displays a terrific sense of knowing what’s happening on the field. Intense, plays all-out and can be a disruptive force. Fires up the field between double-team blocks and flies around the action. Takes on blockers if he cannot make the tackle. Moves well to the sidelines.
Slow transitioning to run with tight ends, not quick in reverse and possesses average skills in coverage. Has an injury history and turned in just one season of real production at Florida.
Anzalone is a high-revving defender who plays like his hair is on fire and sacrifices his body for the good of his team. He has physical limitations and injury red flags but if healthy, he could develop into a very effective middle or inside linebacker.