Vision -Patience and vision shines best when allowing pulling OL to work across face from deep alignments and ID where to break into the second level. Experienced a lot of light boxes courtesy of the Oklahoma spread offense.
Feet/Change of Direction -Loose hips are complimented by above average foot speed to transition out of a press into the line of scrimmage and get width when needing to cut into an adjacent lane. Nimble in lateral redirection opportunities.
Durability -Limited workload over the course of three seasons at Oklahoma and an ACL tear early in 2018 pose some concern for longevity. So too does his build, where long torso creates a natural challenge when needing to drop shoulders and diminish surface area.
Balance -Has little issue with stepping around or through traffic at his feet, carries momentum well when needing to string together several cuts. Loose hips allow for corrections on the fly and will extend plays after first contact.
Pass Protection -Has offered some pretty pathetic efforts trying to stand in the pocket and hold up free runners off of the second level. Passive at first contact, too prone to letting his feet die and catching without a punch in the hands. Needs a lot of polish and improvement here.
Elusiveness -Slippery runner thanks in part to loose hips and swervy running style, will twist out of the grasp of would-be tacklers at the last moment. Carries a good blend of power to keep defenders on their heels in the open field.
Receiving Ability -Made a big impact on several games as a receiver out of the backfield, heady knack for waiting for second level flow to vacate before leaking out into routes. Shows soft hands and is a natural receiver when working down the field and having to look back and ID the ball.
Short Yardage Skill -Natural strength and power are potent enough to move the pile when needing to grind out the tough yardage. Secondary effort and contact balance are valuable in transitioning out of a hit and continuing to twist and fall forward for the extra yard.
Football Intelligence -Has been featured in a number of different rushing concepts, including power sweeps, read action, and gap/power rushes between the tackles. All will come in useful at the next level and versatility of rushing offense figures to be a positive for expanding team appeal.
Effort -Pass protection efforts aside, is a hard-nosed runner who is active in the run game and was given a positive effort out of two back personnel groups when tasked with blocking a LB for a teammate. Maximizes rushing potential with efforts to get to the boundary.
PLAYER COMPARISON - Jay Ajayi
BEST TRAIT - Balance
WORST TRAIT - Pass Protection
BEST FILM - TCU (2017)
WORST FILM - Oklahoma State (2017)
RED FLAGS - September 2018 ACL INJ
Rodney Anderson plays with an effective blend of balance, power and explosiveness. His best projection would be as a gap/power runner, where his patience pressing the line of scrimmage can most consistently shine. While Anderson is a loose-hipped runner, consistent outside zone usage would not play well to his strengths as a player.