Since we have yet to see the former Rice Owls graduate transfer offensive tackle Calvin Anderson suit up in a Texas uniform during actual game action, it’s hard to judge how his skill set will translate with this offensive scheme and to the NFL. However, Anderson is a well-known force in pass protection which the Texas offensive line sorely needs.
Anderson is also a bigger body that now gets his chance in a brighter spotlight that he can take big advantage of. Protect whoever the starting quarterback ultimately becomes (whether it be Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele), and Anderson could wind up as a middle round selection next year.
Some draft pundits are giving some early buzz to Anderson. Yet, some others like draftscout.com has Anderson ranked barely in the top half of all the offensive tackles coming out for the draft in 2019. That’s why it’s so important for him to have a healthy and productive season this fall.
Also, proving himself in run protection, and being able to reach that next level of the defense is huge for Anderson. He didn’t have much of a chance to show what he can do in that regard with Rice, but the Horns need help here too. Help out an elevated group in the backfield this year, and Anderson is likely to have his name called at some point during the 2019 NFL Draft.