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Breaking: Houston Texans take Will Anderson at No. 3 overall in NFL Draft

Will Anderson celebrates a tackle against Tennessee
Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The “winning culture” is still strong for the University of Alabama football program.

After the Panthers took Bryce Young, DeMeco Ryans and the Houston Texans grabbed Will Anderson at No. 3 overall

Ryans, a former Crimson Tide linebacker, served as a defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons. He was an inside linebackers coach for the 49ers from 2018 to 2020 and a defensive quality control coach in 2017. His excellence as an assistant earned him a head coaching opportunity for the Texans, and the 38-year-old took Anderson with his first selection.

Anderson was a force in the SEC for three seasons, totaling 10+ sacks in 2021 and 2022.

He finished his career as the lone two-time Unanimous First-Team All-American in Alabama history. Anderson was a two-time Bronko Nagurski Award winner, a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and a Heisman finalist in 2021.

He is second behind Derrick Thomas for second all-time for career sacks (34.5) and tackles for loss (62).

Ryans has a defensive show-stopper in Anderson.

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