Buffalo Bills select offensive guard Jack Anderson in the seventh round
The 2021 NFL Draft comes to a close for the Buffalo Bills with the selection of offensive guard Jack Anderson from Texas Tech in the seventh round with the 236rd overall pick. Anderson is the third offensive linemen that the Buffalo Bills have selected and the eighth overall player this year.
Anderson is an experienced offensive guard who stepped in almost immediately as a freshman. He started 38 games over four seasons for the Red Raiders at guard but missed a large portion of the 2019 season due to a shoulder injury. He would end up playing only three games that year.
This past season Anderson was also recognized for his play and was named as a member of the first-team All-Big 12 team.
The selection of Jack Anderson, along with offensive tackles Spencer Brown and Tommy Doyle, made it clear the Buffalo Bills focus was to get bigger on the offensive line. Brown and Doyle both are over 6’8″ while Anderson is 6’5″ and 314 pounds.
The interior of the offensive line was a position of need that I thought the Buffalo Bills might address but Jack Anderson is a player that may not address exactly what the team needed. The Bills have a number of guards but were lacking depth at center behind Mitch Morse.
While most of his experience at Texas Tech was at right guard, teams did get a look of Jack Anderson at center during practice leading up to the Senior Bowl. He potentially could be the answer at center but early on would be a player who would be at guard.
At this point in the NFL Draft, it is hard to find a player that could be a starter right away as a rookie but having a player with more versatility could have made more sense for the Buffalo Bills.