One of the most prominent high school recruits to ever land in Lubbock, Texas, Anderson made 13 starts and earned freshman All-American honors for his 2017 season. He firmly entrenched himself as a prospect for the future.
Anderson's play was business as usual until 2019, when he missed the majority of the year due to a shoulder injury. He took a medical redshirt and came back as a full-time starter once again in 2020. Anderson declared early for the 2021 NFL Draft as a redshirt junior with multiple all-conference awards and 38 career starts in tow.
Positives: Has a well-developed body with good width and density for an offensive guard, Anderson checks a lot of the "off the bus" boxes teams want. He has a nice anchor and can hold his own against power rushers. His football intelligence and ability to identify things stands out, and it helps him a ton when handling pass protection duties. He's controlled with his steps, rarely making major mistakes with his positioning or approach.
Weaknesses: Anderson isn't a particularly impressive athlete for the position, and he's a lot more reliant on his technique and intelligence than his mobility. He isn't going to get walloped by laterally quick opponents, but he shouldn't be expected to regularly work in space or cover a lot of ground as a puller. He's a phone booth player who will find the majority of his success simply working inside his box.
NFL Comparison: Ben Powers, Ravens -- A brawler with good size and strength coming out of Oklahoma, Powers has been able to take over as a starting guard for the Ravens thanks to his size and toughness. Anderson carries a lot of the same traits in his game and should find starting work within his first couple years as a pro.