It took some time, but Jack Anderson finally heard his name called in the seventh round of the NFL Draft Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. Taken at pick No. 236 overall by the Buffalo Bills, the Frisco, Texas native is joining a team that came just one game shy of playing in the Super Bowl this past season, a team that also employs former Red Raider QB Davis Webb as a backup to star Josh Allen.
Now, it may fall upon Anderson’s shoulders to protect Allen given that the Bills are completely revamping their o-line this year.
According to FanSided’s Buffalo Bills site, Buffalowdown.com, the 2020 Bills offensive line was in constant flux due to injury and underperformance. Thus, Anderson may have an opportunity to earn a roster spot with the team this offseason.
From the moment that he signed with Texas Tech, the NFL has seemed like a foregone conclusion for Anderson. A 4-star signee in the class of 2017, he remains the second-highest rated high school recruit to sign with the Red Raiders since 247Sports began ranking recruits.
Immediately, Anderson earned a starting job in Lubbock as a freshman. That year (2017) he started all 13 games for Tech earning freshman All-American honors.
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The next season, he would start every game again to earn second-team All-Big 12 honors. But in 2019, his season was cut to just three games due to an upper-body injury. However, he would return in 2020 to start all ten games and earn first-team All-Big 12 accolades.
One factor that could help Anderson in his pursuit of making the Bills’ 2021 roster would be position flexibility. Though he played only guard during his collegiate career, he trained as a center during the offseasons in case his services were ever needed there. Now, he could find a way to remain valuable to Buffalo if he proves capable of playing center as well as both guard positions.
This year, Buffalo drafted three linemen to replenish their stores along the offensive front. In the third round (No. 93 overall), they took offensive tackle Spencer Brown from Northern Iowa. Two rounds later, they would grab Miami of Ohio offensive tackle Tommy Doyle. Then, with their final pick, they would land Anderson.
Buffalo hopes to improve what was the league’s 20th-ranked run offense in 2020 and that’s an area where Anderson could help. So it appears that he’s landed in a spot that needs a player with his talents.
Anderson was one of the greatest linemen to ever play for the Red Raiders and now he’s got his shot in the NFL. Congrats to the player and his family and here’s hoping we see him in action on Sundays this fall.