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Mark Anelli, TE
Round 6, Pick 29 , Overall 201
From: Wisconsin

Height/Weight: 6-4/265
Speed (40 time): 4.73

1998 04 00 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.00
1999 09 02 3 46 15.3 0 24 5.11
2000 09 08 10 78 7.8 0 14 6.50
2001 11 11 35 357 10.2 3 26 32.45
TOTAL 34 21 48 481 10.0 3 26 14.15

Analysis by CBS Sportsline:

Positives:…Unheralded 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.

Negatives:…Seems 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 score. 


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 Honor Roll. 


Agricultural Business Management major…Son of Mike and Mary Alice Anelli…Born 6/05/79…Resides in Addison, Ill.

Info 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.

Info from CNNSI.com:

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 Sixth Round.