Alabama Crimson Tide star Edge rusher Will Anderson speaks during a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Anderson is viewed by many as the top 2023 NFL Draft prospect. Mar 1, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama linebacker Will Anderson (LB02) speaks to the press at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Many football evaluators have Alabama linebacker and edge rusher Will Anderson as the top prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft. Anderson had 34.5 sacks over three seasons with the Crimson Tide, led by a 17.5-sack campaign in 2021. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy — awarded to the best defensive player in college football — in 2021 and 2022.

So, Anderson knows a thing or two about great play in the trenches. And that makes his comments about one NFL Draft prospect really stand out.

During the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday in Indianapolis, Anderson told the media that Tennessee’s Darnell Wright was the best offensive tackle he faced in college football, according to Evan Lazar of

Lazar tweets that Anderson “mentioned how much better Wright got year-to-year” and “pointed to [Wright’s] ability to mirror rushers and anchor at his size.”

As Lazar notes, Wright — listed at 6’6″, 335 pounds at Tennessee — had a very impressive performance against Anderson in 2022 (a 52-49 Volunteers victory in October).

Wright is currently No. 23 overall — fourth among offensive linemen (and offensive tackles) — on Daniel Jeremiah’s draft prospect rankings on

So, Wright was already viewed as a potential first-round pick, and Anderson’s comments may lead to NFL organizations giving the offensive tackle even more attention in the coming weeks.

[Evan Lazar on Twitter]

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