Will Anderson explains why he connected with Nick Saban, comments on success at Alabama
Will Anderson is set to be one of the top picks in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN Thursday evening. The Alabama star linebacker was one of the best defensive players in the sport last season and a part of Alabama’s national championship squad in 2020.
And Anderson made an immediate impact upon his arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2020. He totaled 52 tackles and 7 sacks in Year 1 after being recruited as the No. 17 overall prospect in the Class of 2020. The former 5-star only got better as time went along, posting 102 tackles in 2021 with 17.5 sacks. His 2021 season embodied dominance in every sense of the word.
Anderson sat down with the Jim Rome Show this week to discuss why he was able to shine at Alabama and pick up Nick Saban’s leadership style so quickly, as well as how Saban was able to prepare him for the NFL Draft:
“It was kind of easy going into Alabama just because me and Coach Saban, we share the same mindset, the same mentality and it was easy for me to accept his coaching and to just follow his lead on everything,” Anderson said. “The high school I come from, it was just like how it was Alabama so everything we talked about was discipline, commitment, toughness. All those things were easy for me because I was used to it, that’s what I wanted.”
See for yourself below:
It’s hard to guess exactly where Anderson will go in the upcoming draft. You could make a case for a lot of landing spots, but what seems most likely right now is No. 5 to Seattle.
We’ll know for sure Thursday evening!