RB Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma*

6’0” – 224 lbs. – N/A
Appeared in two games as a true freshman, sustaining a season-ending broken leg after just one carry. Ended up getting a medical redshirt the following year after sustaining a neck injury, then stepped into a major role the following season and put together an impressive 188-1,161-13 line on the ground, adding five receiving touchdowns. Didn’t get a chance to capitalize on that campaign after sustaining a torn ACL eleven carries into his redshirt junior year, but decided to declare for the draft anyway. One of the bigger backs in the class, and one of the most explosive as well. Was always a threat to break big runs at the college level. Makes sharp cuts as a one-cut runner, stretching the play out and getting upfield when he found a hole. Has the speed to make it to the edge and pick up big chunks of yardage, or can explode through holes between the tackles and hit home runs. Very smooth athlete in the open field, with the ability to weave through traffic once he gets to the second level. Capable of using stutter-steps to freeze the occasional defender in the hole, or slip through an arm tackle. For a player with his size, isn’t the most powerful runner, though; tended to get stood up when he was hit near the line of scrimmage, needing to get a full head of steam going before he was able to run through tackles. Does show the ability to lower the shoulder and pick up a few yards after contact once he’s at the second level. Also a capable receiver. Didn’t catch many balls in college, but would take some snaps split out wide and flashes the tracking ability, body control, and ball skills to come down with some impressive grabs (see game against Texas Christian in 2017). Could also run go routes from the backfield and threaten linebackers. Could be a little bit more fundamentally sound in pass protection or when functioning as a lead blocker in the run game; shows a willingness to engage opponents from his feet, but doesn’t always get extension and frame up opponents successfully. Ultimately a prospect whose stock will depend almost exclusively on the results of his Combine medicals; has the size, speed, explosiveness, and quickness to threaten defenses, but was only able to stay healthy for one season, suffering major injuries in each of the other three years he spent with the Sooners.

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