By: David Dewberry
A lot goes in to making a good football tight end. He has to be able to run pass routes, and get open like a wide receiver. He has to block like an offensive lineman.
But if you want to find what that looks like; look no further than South Carolina's all S-E-C candidate Rory Anderson. Most people know him as Busta.
Anderson started playing football when he was a five years old, as a running back for his Georgia little league football team.
But Anderson has now come along way from that boy. The six foot five inch Gamecock and his four six time in the forty is a nightmare for anyone who lines up across from him.
“I think I'm faster than a lot of linebackers are so I can get off the ball pretty fast so it's hard to cover more of those quicker tight ends compared to some of those bigger stocky tight ends” He says.
His combination of speed and quickness its what makes it hard for people to cover him. But he says that you need more that just speed to be a good tight end in any league.
“You have to be able to block down in the trenches and go out and compete hard with some of those bigger defensive ends and defensive tackles,” says Anderson.
Anderson has done just that since stepping on the field as a true freshman for the Gamecocks making him a force to be reckoned with.
His fifty-six career receptions for eight hundred and seventy four yards and nine touchdowns make him one of the best in the nation at the position.
Anderson has opened the eyes of the NFL scouts. Anderson he is projected to be the 190th pick in the draft this year which translates into him being taken in the fourth or fifth round.
But Anderson says if he had to model his game after any current player in the NFL. It would be former standout Gamecock tight end Jarred Cook who now plays with the Saint Louis Rams.
“Everybody always reminds me of that every time they always remind me of that, man you look just like Jarred Cook did whenever he played here,” says Anderson.
He said reasons why he chose South Carolina was recruiters saying they wanted to use him just like they did Cook.
Anderson says he hopes that his hometown team the Atlanta Falcons can draft him.
NFL scouts and coaches say, that he is one of the most well rounded tight ends they have seen in the draft in years and thinks he could be a big player for any team that drafts him.