STRENGTHS - He has a wide, thick build to consider for the position at the NFL level. He is a very good overall athlete with good foot quickness and lateral agility. He runs behind his pads with good power and will run through arm tackles. He has very good functional strength and power on contact as an inside runner. He shows natural hands as a receiver out of the backfield with excellent career production. He will chip and square-up and block in pass protection effectively. He has good size for a player that can run, catch and block.
WEAKNESSES - Anderson has been part of a committee in college, and it speaks of his ability to separate from players at the college level. He has only average long speed and acceleration in his play. He is more of move-the-chains type of runner, than an explosive, big-play threat as a pro prospect. He doesn't possess great initial quickness or the elite burst that the special running backs have. Anderson is not a fast player on film, but he manages to do nice things with the ball in his hands despite the lack of long speed. He does not possess any known value as a returner for special teams.
SUMMARY - He has a very wide, thick build with limited growth potential to develop for the position at the NFL level. He is a good overall athlete with solid foot quickness and lateral agility. He runs behind his pads with good power. However, he has only average long speed, acceleration and big-play potential and can't be considered a complete, every-down prospect for the next level. He shows very good strength on contact as an inside runner as he consistently breaks arm tackles in his play. He is most effective running between the tackles. He lacks the explosiveness and elusiveness in the open field to be a special back in space. He is a fairly productive and natural receiver out of the backfield. He shows soft hands with the ability to locate the ball in the air. He has excellent toughness and aggressiveness as a blocker in pass protection. He is equally willing to chip on his way to the flat, as he is to step up and take on a blitzer. Unfortunately, he does not possess added value to consider for special teams. Overall, he deserves late 5th round draft consideration by a team looking for a power back to be part of a rotation.