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Prospect Profiles: ILB Pat Angerer (IOWA)



6’1 and 235 pounds. Born January 23rd, 1987. Senior.

26 reps at 225. 4.69 40 time.


Career: 248 tackles, 2 FF, 6 INT.

2009: 135 tackles, 1 sack, 2 FF, 1 INT.

Big Games: 12 tackles vs Northern Iowa

@ Penn State 14 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass defensed.

Vs Arkansas State 11 tackles

vs Michigan 12 tackles

@ Wisconsin 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defensed.

Pat Angerer was incredibly productive this past season for Iowa vs all competition.

Scouting Reports

CBS NFL Draft Scout

While battling myriad injuries as a sophomore, Angerer wondered if he should continue his football career. He worked through mononucleosis in addition to hamstring, groin and shoulder injuries to put up a second-team All-Big Ten season as a junior in 2008, followed up by a first-team all-conference effort in the Hawkeyes’ BCS bowl-winning 2009.His team-leading 107 tackles, 6.5 for loss, as a junior put him on the radar of NFL scouts. He also grabbed five interceptions, which almost equaled the number of tackles (six) he had made during his first two seasons in Iowa City. In 2009, he was credited with 145 tackles (48 solos), five for loss, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles.Angerer does not have great size, but his motor, fluidity, awareness in zone coverage and hustle to the ball should intrigue teams looking for a weak-side — or undersized, active middle linebacker — in the mid-to-late rounds.
Read & React: Has a nose for the ball on run plays. Reads the quarterback’s eyes in coverage, and is quick to get to the ball in the air. Not easily fooled by misdirection and has the speed to recover after a false step.Run defense: Can go sideline-to-sideline and down the field to chase the ball from the middle. Despite being undersized playing inside, he will take on linemen and disengage from blocks to make the play. Quick enough to avoid some blocks but he gets planted into the ground too often and does not change direction quickly enough to catch elite runners. Gets a bit nosy inside at times, finding it tough to get through trash if the play bounces outside. Needs defensive linemen to tie up blockers and keep him free to be effective.Pass defense: Able to drop quickly to the first-down marker and find a receiver, even after play-action. Good ball awareness in zone coverage; always on the nearest receiver. Very adept at making the interception and will make difficult catches. Lines up against slot receivers, but it’s a mismatch if they have any speed or elusiveness.Tackling: Hustle player who fights through blocks to get in on plays. Will bring his hips and feet to stack up running backs in the hole if kept clean. Typically not an explosive tackler, but is reliable as a catch-and-drag man in the open field. Teams will expect him to be a leader on special teams. Gets a large percentage of his tackle statistics by being the second defender to get to the ball.Pass Rush/Blitz: Not asked to blitz much, but has the straight-line speed to be effective. Will struggle to beat blocks if linemen pick him up. Can beat cut blocks in space; should be able to defeat them in the backfield.Intangibles: Ultra-competitive and hard-working. Got through multiple injuries in his sophomore year to become one of the team’s top defenders. Team captain and 2009 co-MVP, filled the leadership void as a senior.


Angerer is an undersized linebacker that has been a very productive two year starter for the Hawkeyes. He is a tough competitive player that leverages the ball well. He understands angles and run fits well but gets smothered too often by offensive lineman. Angerer is best when covered up and likely needs to be in a scheme at the next level that will let him free flow to the pile. Angerer is a good athlete but may have some limitations in pure man coverage. He is a solid open field tackler but doesn’t pack a punch on contact. Angerer is a good football player that is limited some by his size but should contribute on special teams and in a backup role as a rookie.


Angerer is a smart linebacker. Plays with a high level of toughness and plays bigger than his listed measurables. Possesses the necessary instincts to locate the football and sniff out misdirection plays. Productive career in college. Exhibits leadership qualities you love to see in a middle ‘backer. Athletic player with good range.


Size is a concern for Angerer who is much better when protected by space-eating interior lineman. Is inconsistent with block protection and can be engulfed by larger offensive lineman. Not consistent enough when asked to play man against running backs coming out of the backfield.

Bleacherreport Zack Nally

Like other athletes out of Iowa, the key to judging Angerer is not in physical tangibles but by fundamentals of the game. His overall high football IQ and awareness is what will inevitably propel Angerer to a starting position in the NFL.

After battling a number of injuries and nagging problems in his sophomore year (mononucleosis, shoulder and groin injuries), Angerer posted up big numbers in ’08 and even better numbers in ’09. He ended his senior campaign with 145 tackles, a sack, an interception and two forced fumbles.

A little undersized by scouting standards, Angerer depends more on speed and instincts than dominating size. Rather than rush to the ball like other linebackers, the former Hawkeye does well to stay home and read the play, rushing to the ball carrier and providing more than adequate coverage in open space.

In run defense, Angerer has excellent lateral speed and he uses it to take great angles at the runner. At times, he lacks the necessary body control to redirect his routes against cutback lanes and faster backs.

He doesn’t get through the trash at the line as well as others, but if he has a good nose tackle to engage the inside blocks, he can get through and wreak havoc on the opposing backfield.

In pass coverage, Angerer has the upper hand on his April counterparts. He has a low, tight backpedal and gets back to the first down marker quickly, disrupting the pass and making difficult catches like a cornerback. He bites prematurely on play action at times but has the speed to make up for it.

Blitzing isn’t Angerer’s forte, but that’s mostly due to the fact that he wasn’t asked to blitz often in Iowa’s defensive scheme. When given the opportunity, though, he has the straight-line speed to reach the quarterback and the explosiveness to get off the line quickly.

Again, Angerers’ lack of elite size keeps his tackling ability at a minimum, but he has a strong motor and can bust through blocks to get to the ball carrier. He is an efficient catch-and-drag tackler but will need to improve his wrap-up technique in order to be effective at the next level.

He is a leader on and off the field. A defensive captain in ’09, Angerer can contribute immediately on special teams and, with time, could be very effective as a weak side inside linebacker in the NFL.

Look for a team like Baltimore to add youth to their defense by acquiring Angerer in a early-mid round. His understanding of the game will allow him to easily assimilate to the Ravens’ read and react style of defense. Plus, he has one of the league’s greatest middle linebackers in Ray Lewis to guide him through his younger years.

Big Board Rankings

ESPN Scouts Inc #93

CBS Draft Scout #165

Draft Board Insider 5th ranked Inside Linebacker (out of top 100) 4th ranked inside linebacker (3rd-4th round projection)

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Well you guys have been asking for diamonds in the rough from the middle linebacker positions for later in the draft and here is one possible man who fills that void.

When you’re evaluating talent and your biggest question is “is he big enough to play in the N.F.L?”…that’s promising. There are a lot of worse questions, like is he athletic enough…does he love football enough…will he stay out of trouble….is he smart enough?

Those are big time questions.

Pat Angerer is a very good athlete, who was VERY productive in his two years as a starter, he is a guy who has a reputation of being both a leader and having a tremendous work ethic. He’s also well coached, and a guy who loves football.

The only problem Pat Angerer has is that he weighs 235 pounds and is barely 235 pounds, but that’s not a problem to me.

Final Verdict

Angerer is a player you would love to have on your team because he loves the game of football, he understand the game of football, and he’s a good football player. He might be on the smallish side for a middle linebacker, but not really. He’s shorter than he is light and maybe teams wonder whether or not he has the height to see over the Offensive linemen and find the ball carrier.

The game is changing, and while he’s no Brandon Spikes or Rolando McClain (who is the perfect size for a linebacker) he’s well built, he’s strong, and he’s quick.

Angerer is a three downlinebacker in a 4-3 system in the N.F.L.

At the very least Angerer will be a valuable backup and good special teams player (maybe like a Keith Ellision out of Buffalo who is also undersized)

At his best Pat Angerer could be a young Gary Brackett who took a little time to develop but turned out to be a very good player in the N.F.L.

Angerer highest possible drafting point is probably third round, his lowest is probably 6th.

He’d provide excellent value in the 5th round in the draft and more than sufficient value in the fourth round, meh value in the third round (I’d prefer a player like ILB Sean Lee out of Penn State if available in the third round).

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10 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: ILB Pat Angerer (IOWA)”

  1. Steve B. says:

    I like what I’ve read about Angerer. If the Giants dont land McClain, they have some intriguing options in the draft.

    Next Best is a toss up between Washington, and Spikes.

    Washington has the speed but maybe not the size for a MLB. And Spikes is the opposite.

    Then you have guys like Sean Lee and Pat Angerer.

    Lee worries me with his durability, but they say if he was healthy, he would be a 1st round pick.

    And Angerer is short, but kind of reminds me of Pierce. Smart, leader, not big, doesnt do anything great, but everything good. And Angerer is faster, and sounds like he is good in coverage.

    So if he is there in 4th/5th maybe down the line we will say that he is a steal, after all Pierce was an undrafted free agent.

    And Bradshaw, our quick/number 2 back, was a 7th round pick.

    So who knows.

  2. Jason C. says:

    Angerer would need to put on about 20-30 pounds (and it wouldn’t hurt if he grew a couple of inches), to even step onto an NFL practice field, let alone fulfill a starting MLB role in a 4-3 defense.

    • Brackett and Keith Ellison are about the same size

      Justin Durant is basically the same size 6’1 240

      Just to name a few.

      You’d prefer 6’3 255 pounds, but it doesn’t have to be that big.

  3. Michael S says:

    Size isn’t everything. Look at desean Jackson.

  4. Dan says:

    Angerer would be a solid pickup in the 5th. Great profile.

    The thing that stands out to me about this guy is how he can turn his hips in coverage. He has a decent drop, and then he reacts to the qb and flips his hips to get himself in the passing lane quickly.

    This also means- as Bartolis mentioned- he could be a good special teamer on kick coverage.

    • Thanks.

      I agree.

      He is pretty good in pass coverage and smart and even though he’s short he’s kind of stocky so I’m not sure he lacks the strength…just the height.

  5. Steve B. says:

    Saw on Mike Garafolo’s twitter page that Sean Lee is scheduled to visit with the Giants, although the link they gave says nothing about that.

    2nd message atm

  6. dennism says:

    Great to see this research on mid-round ‘backers. Giants need to beef up and build for speed in mid-rounds. Angerer (great name) is solid from Rd 4 on…Sean Lee is interesting…there’s certainly value to be had, but what do you do next year for a starter? I still wonder about Kirk Morrison for a #3….

    • I think the Giants should take a run at Kirk Morrision

      but maybe throw Oakland a 7th round pick and a player from the 1970’s.

      Al Davis traded Randy Moss for a fourth and then traded away a 1st round pick for Richard Seymour

      I think the Giants could pry away Morrision, but a third rounder might be a bit high in my opinion.

      Maybe they could do like a 5th and 7th or something, which would be fine with me.

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