Former Alabama Linebacker Graded PFF’s Highest Rated Rookie
With two weeks of the preseason in the books, teams have finally gotten to see their rookies in action against players in a different color jersey.
Out of 259 selections and hundreds of undrafted free agents, former Alabama superstar Will Anderson Jr. was rated the high-graded rookie thus far in the NFL preseason per Pro Football Focus, earning a grade of 92.4.
Anderson Jr. bullied the Miami Dolphins offensive line in week two, racking up two tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble on 21 snaps. The Ga., native also arguably made the play of the week against the Dolphins, coming off the edge and bulldozing through Miami halfback Salvon Ahmed to sack quarterback Skylar Thompson for a loss of 11.
Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans and general manager Nick Caserio traded up to No. 3 to snag Anderson Jr., sending the No. 12 pick and No. 33 in the draft, plus an additional 2024 first-rounder and third-rounder to the Arizona Cardinals.
As a core piece in newly hired Ryans defense, Anderson Jr. could be a centerpiece on Houston's front seven for years to come.