Will Anderson Heisman Odds: Anderson Remains Top Heisman Candidate Among Defensive Players

Will Anderson Heisman Odds: Anderson Remains Top Heisman Candidate Among Defensive Players
By Mike Ferguson
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

The nation’s sack leader a season ago, few would make the argument that Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. is anything other than the best defensive player in the country. Anderson’s 2022 season did get off to a slow start, but things have picked up the last few weeks; the defender tallied a season-high 2.5 sacks in last week’s 55-3 win over Vanderbilt.

As a result, Anderson is once again looking like a legitimate threat to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Latest Will Anderson Heisman Odds

Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr. currently holds +3000 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. That has Anderson tied for the seventh-best odds in the country. Here's the rest of the top contenders by the odds: 

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State+140
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama+350
Caleb Williams, QB, USC+600
Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee+1600
Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia+1800
Jalon Daniels, QB, Kansas+2500
⭐️ Will Anderson, LB, Alabama+2200

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alabama sports betting is currently prohibited so there are no sports betting apps in Alabama legally offering odds on the Heisman Trophy. Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, which is available in other states, were used for this article.

Anderson is currently tied with Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel in the odds race. The Alabama defender's Heisman odds are the best of any defensive player in the country. In fact, among all defensive players, Anderson is the only one to rank in the top 70 in terms of Heisman Trophy odds, per DraftKings.

While Anderson is certainly something of a dark-horse contender as of now, he does have a shot to make history this year. Charles Woodson was the last defender to win the Heisman, and that happened all the way back in 1997. Notably, Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson was a finalist last year, though he ultimately lost out to Anderson's teammate, Bryce Young. 

What to Know About Will Anderson Heisman Run

Over the first two weeks of the season, Will Anderson managed just 10 total tackles and one sack. Since then, he’s been a man possessed.

📸 Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama won 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sport

In a 63-7 rout of Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 17, Anderson tallied his second sack and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown. Despite his many accomplishments in the past, it was Anderson’s first career interception and his first career touchdown.

This past week, Anderson picked up where he left off with 2.5 sacks. Through four games, he now has 4.5, which ranks fifth in the country and second in the SEC behind only Arkansas’ Drew Sanders. Sanders happens to be an Alabama transfer.

The former teammates will meet on the field this week as the Crimson Tide travel to Fayetteville for a top-20 matchup. With the exception of a trip to Texas, Alabama has played a lackluster schedule to this point in the year.

That is soon to change as each of Alabama’s next three opponents are ranked in the top 20. For Anderson, it’s a golden opportunity to bolster his Heisman case. The bad news – if you want to call it that – is that it is an opportunity for his quarterback and reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young to do the exact same thing.

Will Anderson Draft Odds

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Will Anderson Jr. holds +330 odds to be selected No. 1 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft. That is the best odds for any defensive player and the third-best overall. 

CJ Stroud, Quarterback+200
Bryce Young, Quarterback+225
⭐️ Will Anderson, Linebacker+330
Paris Johnson, O-Lineman+1000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Wide Receiver+1500
Phil Jurkovec, Quarterback+1500
Will Levis, Quarterback+1500
Tyler Van Dyke, Quarterback+1800
Spencer Rattler, Quarterback+2000
Anthony Richardson, Quarterback+2500

Anderson sits behind only his own quarterback Bryce Young and Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud in the odds for being picked first overall in next year’s NFL Draft. Anderson is the perfect fit for virtually any modern defense with his ability to rush the passer and tackle out in space. On rare occasions, Anderson has also shown to be capable in coverage. 

Over the last nine drafts, EDGE players were selected No. 1 overall three times, including Georgia’s Travon Walker just this past draft. Since 2014, it is the only position other than quarterback to have a player selected first overall.  

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Mike Ferguson is a college football betting analyst for BetAlabama.com. Mike spends his days browsing the latest lines for all the top college football betting markets to find storylines curated specifically for sports bettors in Alabama. From time-to-time Mike will also turn his attention to NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL betting lines that Alabama sports bettors might be interested in but college football odds are Mike's expertise.

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