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Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. is one of the top prospects, regardless of position, as we look ahead to the 2023 NFL Draft. A five-star prospect out of Dutchtown High School in Georgia, Anderson immediately became a force along Alabama's defensive line. His best season came in 2021 -- when he led the nation with 34.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks en route to finishing fifth in Heisman Trophy voting -- but he was dominant throughout his time in Tuscaloosa. He finished his career second in program history in both tackles for loss (62.0) and sacks (34.5) -- trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas in both categories.

Below is a comprehensive draft profile for Anderson, including his high school and college accolades, scouting report and NFL prospect outlook.

Note: This profile will be updated as more information becomes available.

About

  • Age: 21
  • Year: Junior
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 243
  • Hometown: Hampton, Georgia
  • Interesting fact: Led FBS in tackles for loss (34.5) and sacks (17.5) in 2021

CBS prospect ranking

Position: No. 1 EDGE | Overall: No. 1

Scouting report

"Anderson has little weakness. He has a strong lower body to hold his ground in the run game and great speed around the edge to apply pressure on the quarterback. When his rush does not get home, he shows the awareness to peel off and get his hands in passing lanes. There is room for him to expand his pass rush arsenal, but all of the traits are there." -- CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Josh Edwards

College stats

YearGamesTacklesTFLsSacksPDFFINTTD

2022

13

51

17.010.01011
20211510234.517.53000
2020135210.57.00100

College Accolades

Honors

  • Career: Two-time Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner -- only second player to do so in award's history
  • Career: Two-time Unanimous first-team All-American
  • Career: Two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year
  • Career: Two-time first-team All-SEC
  • 2022: Chuck Bednarik Award
  • 2022: Lott IMPACT Trophy
  • 2022: Rotary Lombardi Award
  • 2020: National Freshman of the Year (Football Writers Association of America)
  • 2020: Freshman All-America (FWAA, 247Sports and The Athletic)
  • 2020: SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2020: Second-team All-SEC (Associated Press)

Notable statistics

  • Career: Second in program history in tackles for loss (62) and sacks (34.5) -- trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas in both categories
  • 2021: Led FBS with 34.5 tackles for loss (second in school history)
  • 2021: Led FBS with 17.5 sacks (third in school history)
  • 2021: Five-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week
  • 2021: Cotton Bowl Defensive MVP

247Sports profile

High school: Dutchtown (Hampton, Georgia)
Class: 2020
Composite Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (0.9913)

  • National: 17 | WDE: 1 | Georgia: 4 | All-time: 377

High school accolades: "Super 11" team and first-team All-State (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), All-American Bowl selection

Check out Will Anderson Jr.'s full 247Sports profile, here. For his MaxPreps profile, click here.