Troy Andersen

Troy Andersen

Measurements
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    243lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/8
  • Speed
    4.42
LB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6011
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    34
  • Weight
    238lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.69
Sales Pinckney - Scout
Troy Andersen
  • Overall Rank
    46
  • Position Rank
    4
  • Position
    LB
  • Age
    23.2 Years
  • Team
    MONTANA ST

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles TFL Pressure % Yds/Cov Snap
2017 11 9 1.0 Not Avail Not Avail
2018 13 4 1.0 Not Avail Not Avail
2019 11 54 11.5 Not Avail Not Avail
2021 15 147 14.0 28.9% 0.66

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Troy Andersen has outstanding overall size for the linebacker position. He has a high cut and thin frame with average length and room to add on muscle throughout. Broke a bone in his hand in the first game of 2018 while playing QB but did not miss time by playing a limited role in the following two games at RB and LB. Missed the final four games of 2019 with a knee injury that would have also kept him out of the 2020 season had it not been canceled.

  • Size
    8
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 6.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Not afraid of contact and plays with toughness and grit while taking on blockers. Flashes above the line instincts on an inconsistent basis and requires fine tuning in his play reading ability. Recognition and processing speed can be a step slow at times, leading to blockers climbing to the second level and engaging with him. Displays an above the line motor in pursuit from the backside and down the field.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 6.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Andersen displays adequate explosion and acceleration once his read has been made. Outstanding long speed gives him true sideline-to-sideline range when pursuing to the football. Displays above the line change of direction ability with adequate bend and flexibility. Tends to play upright which sacrifices some of his natural flexibility and results in merely average overall body control when breaking down and coming to balance. Average overall play strength when engaging blockers can lead to him being displaced and holes opening up. Most of his wins while engaged are due to effort and willpower.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    8
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    6
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Andersen has outstanding closing speed once his read has been made and quickly eats up space between himself and ball carriers quickly in the open field. Flashes above the line pursuit angles when setting the edge but can get greedy and be too aggressive thus giving up the outside. Displays average hand use and strike accuracy when engaging blockers and struggles to shed blocks cleanly to make a play on the ball. Displays adequate overall hip explosion and physicality at contact but often relies on dragging down opponents rather than form tackling with low pad level and power. Gets good depth in his zone drops and keeps his eyes active as routes develop. Has the size and athletic tools to man up against tight ends, and his overall athleticism matches up well with most running backs coming out of the backfield. Occasionally flat footed at the top of his drop which results in receivers creating separation on the break which he then must make up for with quick twitch and speed. As a blitzer he does not display much hand use and is often schemed free rather than winning one-on-one battles against blockers. If he cannot win with speed and agility right from the start, he is a non-factor in pass rush and requires some polishing in his overall blitzing ability and technique.

  • Hip Explosiveness
    6
  • Closing Speed
    8
  • Block Shed
    5
  • Pursuit Angles
    6
  • Physicality
    6
  • Cover Ability
    6
  • Productivity
    9
  • Leadership
    8
Grade 6.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Troy Andersen is a RS Senior who has played in 50 career games on both sides of the ball during his Montana State career. Father played college basketball and cousin is a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization. Was a 1st Team All-State level player as both a safety and quarterback in high school and was the state DPOY as a Senior, while also competing in basketball and track (10.88s 100M, 22.11s 200M, 20'11 Long Jump, and 47'4 Shot Put). He began his career as a two-way player making starts at both LB and RB as a true freshman and was named Big Sky Freshman of the Year. Was Montana State's starting QB as a sophomore and took snaps at RB and LB while dealing with a broken bone in his hand. Named 1st Team All-Big Sky QB, 3rd Team All-American All Purpose, and FCS Sophomore of the Year. Switched back to LB as a Junior and started three games on both sides of the ball while being named 1st Team All-American at LB. As a senior was a unanimous 1st Team All-American, as well as the Big Sky and FCS DPOY. Also named to the NFF All-Scholar Team as the only FCS honoree and was a three-time team Captain. Projects as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme you can win with while also contributing on special teams early on in his career. Has the potential to develop into a high-level starter in that role once he has a better feel for the position and adds strength while fine tuning his technique.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • VS Idaho
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Flew around the field with a high motor and displayed closing speed
  • iconWorst Game
  • v North Dakota State
  • Jan - 08 - 2022
  • Struggled with body control and OL climbing to second level and navigating trash near LOS. Drag down tackles at shoulder pads
Best Trait
Closing Speed
Pro Comparison
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