Anyone that says Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft is boring is wrong. Okay, it’s not nearly as exciting as Day 1, but it’s still interesting. Primarily the reason is because you never know what team may strike gold even as late as the seventh round. The Los Angeles Rams are hoping to do as much with players like North Dakota State’s Bruce Anderson.
College stats and honors:
2018: 924 rushing yards, 199 receiving yards, 7.5 yards per carry and 12 total touchdowns.
Career: 2,896 rushing yards, 448 receiving yards, 6 yards per carry and 31 total touchdowns.
Honors: 2017 and 2018 All-MFVC Second-Team, 2018 MFVC Honor Roll and 2019 Senior Bowl participant.
In terms of size, Anderson is at a decent size standing at 5’11” and weighing in at about 216 pounds. He’s fast with quick feet that tends to keep in motion. On film, his balance is solid after being hit. Anderson just keeps on trucking. He seems to be more instinctual with his juke moves and powers through defenders. Anderson has a wicked stiff-arm, which is something to watch in his film.
True he’s fast, but the phenomenal thing about Anderson is his initial burst. He’s not an easy guy to take down. That said, if he gets out in the open field, there’s a good chance he’ll score. Anderson also has experience in kick and punt returning, so he can contribute on special teams early on. Anderson is versatile enough to catch passes in the backfield too.
Doesn’t sound like he has a ton of weaknesses right? Well, his vision is absolutely horrendous. He does tend to miss lanes and just kind of fails to see open holes. Decision-making isn’t Anderson’s forte either. He will need to make split decisions in the NFL or defense will make him pay.
In many ways he did benefit in playing for the Bisons. Playing in a smaller school, he simply did not see the amount of talent higher ranked running backs did. He is also lucky to have a good run-blocking offensive line. Match those two factors together, it’s difficult to know how he will adjust to the NFL level. It doesn’t mean everything, but it’s something that will linger in the minds of scouts.
Expect draft round:
Overall, Anderson is an intriguing prospect. It’s completely understandable why the Rams brought him in for a pre-draft visit. The running back position in its entirety isn’t that valuable anymore. With that in mind, it wouldn’t surprise me if Anderson went undrafted. I do think that he will be taken in the seventh round though. There’s too much talent there, and can contribute if teams are patient enough.
As for the Rams, I think Anderson is a good fit if they want competition for John Kelly and Justin Davis. He could also challenge JoJo Natson for one of the returning roles too.