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Draft Profile: Rodney Anderson – Phong Ta

by Phong Ta

Be sure to checkout our entire interview with Toby Rowland, voice of Oklahoma Sooner Football, and see what she says about not only Rodney Anderson, but also Marquise Brown and Kyler Murray.

Rodney Anderson

6’1, 220 lbs, Junior

2017 Stats(13 Gms):

188 carries, 1161 yds, 13 TDs, 17 rec, 281 rec yds, 5 TDs

Strengths

-Size: Standing at 6’1, 220 lbs with thick legs and a strong upper body, Anderson has prototypical size for the RB position.

-Receiving Ability: Though he caught only 17 passes in 2017, he averaged 16.5 yards per catch, and also scored 5 TDs. Has shown soft hands and can track the ball well.

-Physicality: Is not easy to bring down with a single tackle, and is good at leaning forward to churn out extra yards while taking tacklers for a ride.

Weaknesses:

-Pass Protection: Anderson has the physical tools to succeed as a pass blocker, but effort and technique is highly inconsistent. Will need to improve in this area to see consistent snaps in an NFL skewing more and more towards the passing game.

-Durability: Fair or not, the fact of the matter is Anderson has had 3 of his 4 seasons at Oklahoma ended early by injury. He was also never given a large workload, even during his lone healthy season in 2017, and so question marks remain concerning his long-term ability to stay healthy in the NFL.

Summary:

Anderson is an overall versatile player who has all the tools needed to succeed in the NFL. While his durability will remain a question until he proves otherwise, he should be able to succeed in most systems, though he seems best suited for a gap/power scheme. Also, while used sparingly in college, has shown the tools to be a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield.

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