blocker who shows good quickness off the line and adjusts well to uncover
the pass in the short area…Holds on to the ball securely moving through
traffic…Can easily extend and adjust to the ball in flight…Determined drive
blocker who has the strength to reach and turn the defender upfield…Shows
good arm extension and the ability to snatch the ball away from his body.
sluggish getting into his routes, laboring at times to get his motor running
upfield…Lacks the hand usage and upper body power to escape the jam…Has
little elusiveness or initial burst after the catch…Scrappy blocker, but
does not have the power to maintain position vs. the stronger defenders…Has
no fluid moves upfield.
One of six team captains, Mark came
into his own as a senior with a career year…A standout also on the special
teams coverage units, he closed out his career with 48 receptions for 481
yards and three touchdowns.
4.8 in the 40-yard dash…Bench presses
225 pounds 18 times…33 1/8-inch arm length…10 1/8-inch hands…25 Wonderlic
All-Area and honorable mention All-State
selection in his senior year at Addison Trail (Ill.) High…Had 33 receptions
for 440 yards and 75 tackles as a senior…Punted for two seasons…Captain
as a senior…Team MVP…All-Conference pick in baseball…Member of the school’s
Agricultural Business Management major…Son
of Mike and Mary Alice Anelli…Born 6/05/79…Resides in Addison, Ill.
from Pro Football Weekly:
Notes: Redshirted in 1997.
Played enough to letter but did not catch a pass in '98. Got his first
start in '99 and had three catches for 46 yards on the year. Started seven
times in two-TE and H-back sets in 2000 and had 10-78 yards and no scores.
Started in '01 and was the team's second-leading receiver with 35-357-3.
Had the longest pass play of his career, covering 26 yards.
Positives: Has improved every
year. Reads coverages well, finds the soft spots in the zone and catches
the ball nicely. Has good size for a line-of-scrimmage tight end and can
play H-back. Has big hands and long arms and catches the ball well.
Negatives: Finesse type of
blocker who lacks strength and explosion. Does not bend his knees a lot,
tends to come off the ball too upright and just tries to wall his man off.
As a receiver, he lacks the speed and quickness to separate from man-on-man
coverage. Is not much of a threat after the catch.
Summary: Needs to get stronger
and become a more physical blocker to play at the next level. Could help
himself a lot if he became an accomplished long-snapper.
First-year starter that was an All-Conference
selection last year after catching 35/357/10.2/3. Saw minimal starting
action as a junior when his numbers were 10/78/7.8/0 and for the most part
the third tight end for a program loaded at the position.
Solid, pass catching tight end that
may finally be hitting his stride. Plays with forward lean, fluid releasing
off the line of scrimmage and uses his body to shield away opponents. Good
route runner that catches the ball with his hands away from his body, displaying
strength running after the catch. Soft, reliable hands. Cognizant blocker
that gives good effort in pass protection, showing above average footwork
but overall not strong at the point of attack, blocks with minimal leverage
and has difficulty finishing off defenders. Not quick off the snap, nor
is he fast off the line of scrimmage. Has size potential and could be a
serviceable player at the next level if he continues to progress. Late