Rodney Anderson

Oklahoma
RB

Prospect Info

College
Oklahoma
Hometown
Class
TX
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
224 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.63
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 6 ‧ Pick 39
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Anderson showed great talent during his time with the Sooners but could not finish a season due to injuries. He broke his leg in the second game of the 2015 season, running the ball just once for 5 yards. In the spring of 2016, he suffered a fractured vertebra, missing the upcoming season. Anderson was healthy throughout his redshirt sophomore campaign, ending the year strong by leading the FBS in yards from scrimmage over the final seven weeks (all starts). He ran for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns on 188 carries (6.2 average) and caught 17 passes for 281 yards (16.5 average) and five more scores in 14 games, garnering second-team All-Big 12 honors. His 26 carries for 201 yards and two touchdowns against Clemson in the national semi-finals caused scouts to expect a big 2018 from the Katy, Texas native. However, Anderson again fell to injury in the second game of the year, this time his right knee gave out after he rushed 11 times for 119 yards and three scores over those two contests.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Volume runner plagued by a history of injuries that could make teams wary of him until after completion of his combine medicals. Anderson has good size and instincts as an interior runner, but he lacks the juice to be a dynamic runner and might be forced to earn his living as a downhill hammer with the ability to leak out on swing passes. His lack of elusiveness and history of season-ending injuries could force him to earn his stripes early on from the lower rung of a running back depth chart.
Strengths
  • Nose for paydirt with 21 career touchdowns over just 217 total touches
  • Runs with some looseness in hips
  • Instinctive in maneuvering through interior traffic
  • Feels width of run lane and development of blocking scheme
  • Rhythmic runner who can cut without slowing once he's rolling downhill
  • Patient hiding behind blockers and waiting for them to engage
  • Uses stiff-arm as reliable deterrent to angle tackle attempts
  • Powerful base with contact balance to shake free of tall tackle attempts
  • Capable pass-catcher out of backfield who is quick to hit it upfield
  • Good hands and flashed ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls
Weaknesses
  • Lacks twitch and dynamic movement as an athlete
  • Running style is more gradual than sudden
  • Marginal difference in burst between first and second gear
  • Upright through the hole and takes punishing shots
  • Average speed to the corner could be trouble against NFL pace
  • Slow to restart feet once he's forced to gear down
  • Struggles to elude tacklers in close quarters
  • Suffered season-ending injuries in three of the last four seasons
  • Below-average awareness and take-on toughness as pass blocker.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league