Congratulations Houston Texans! You have drafted the most pro-ready defender that this season's draft had to offer, and with that, you have officially dominated the top of the draft. Will Anderson is a STUD and will make your pass rush an IMMEDIATE THREAT. Time to get to know your first-round pick.
After selecting QB C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick, the circled back with our first mid-draft trade!!
School: Alabama (Jr)
Measurables: 6'3, 253 lbs.
Combine notes: 4.6 40 yard dash, 99 production score per NFL Next Gen Stats
Where he wins: Literally everywhere
Areas for improvement: Didn't aways chase the play
You guys know Nick Saban? You ever hear about the Alabama Crimson Tide? They're a pretty good college football team coached by a pretty smart dude. Cracking the starting lineup on this squad is an accomplishment in itself. Will Anderson started all three years he was at Alabama and never stopped producing.
34.5 sacks over his collegiate career, 58.5 tackles for loss and 72 nightmares induced on opposing offensive players. Yikes.
Anderson is a national champion, a 2x SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a 2x Unanimous All-American (the first for Alabama). As we said, a STUD.
He used to stink at football - 'literally I was terrible'. At least he's humble.
A family man who thanked his dad, mom, sisters, aunties, grandma and grandpa at his January press conference where he announced he was entering the NFL draft.
A born leader who, along with quarterback Bryce Young, decided to play in the 2023 Sugar Bowl rather than opt out and focus on the NFL draft. "It wouldn't be right for me to just walk out on my teammates."
Seamlessly, tbh. They get a mega upgrade to their pass rush — SLAM DUNK. Suddenly, their defense isn't looking too shabby with Derek Stingley, Jalen Pitre, and now, Mr. Will Anderson.
The fact that he fell to pick No. 3 is a gift that you can't let pass you by. This dude is gonna be a ROCK for years to come. Buy your kid a jersey.