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Will Anderson: Player Profile

Will Anderson was selected third overall by the Houston Texans in the 2023 NFL Draft.

A touted prospect since his high school days, Will Anderson is as close to 'can't-miss' as you can get. From Hampton, Georgia, Anderson stands out on any gridiron he steps foot on due to his eye-popping explosiveness and strength. 

That's why the Houston Texans aggressively traded up to the number three overall pick to select Anderson, just moments after taking CJ Stroud at #2.

Anderson will be new Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans' prized possession on the defensive side of the ball for years to come. 

PositionEdge/Outside linebacker
Weight253 pounds
2022 Stats51 tackles, 17 for loss with 10 sacks and one interception in 13 starts

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Anderson looked like one of the best edge rushers, if not the best, in college football for the past two seasons. After the 2021 season, many believed Anderson would be the top pick in the 2023 draft.

The Alabama outside linebacker looks a sure-fire future NFL star after back-to-back years of dominant play with the Crimson Tide.

Alabama have a long-standing track record of producing reliable front-seven defenders and Anderson could easily follow in the footsteps of current NFL stars C.J. Mosley, A'Shawn Robinson, Jonathan Allen, Dalvin Tomlinson and Quinnen Williams.

He was named the best defensive player in college football, the SEC defensive player of the year and a unanimous All-American in both 2021 and 2022.

Anderson recorded 17.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss, both of which led the nation, the year before last.

And while his 2022 numbers were not as good, it was largely because offenses were scheming against him and constantly double-teaming the athletic pass rusher.

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