The Bengals have a familiar face at RB1 for Oklahoma Sooner fans in Joe Mixon, as he had a breakout season last year. However, the Bengals adding Rodney Anderson to the fold not long after Trayveon Williams from Texas A&M suggests that they are trying to add athletic, pass-catching running backs that can dish out some punishment in the realm of play. Anderson is an exceptional talent and would certainly have gone earlier in the draft if there were not a series of serious injuries. If Anderson can stay healthy, he can definitely be a majorcontributor for Cincinnati in the fashion of how they use their backs out of the backfield.
Rodney’s tenure at Oklahoma will be described in a couple of different ways— explosive, dynamic, spectacular; but also in sorrow for untimely injuries with both of his legs and his neck. His breakout year started slowly in 2017, but he become fully healthy and switched gears during the Texas game at the State Fair and was a superstar for the remainder of the season. For that breakout season he earned second-team All-Big 12 honors.
What’s incredibly intriguing throughout the draft process regarding Rodney is his explosion and incredibly powerful base he runs from— also his hands have high upside in the league that is transcending toward the spread offense. Davis Mattek of RotoExperts compares Rodney Anderson to Josh Jacobs, an Oklahoma product that was recruited and offered (albeit too late) by Oklahoma despite the false narratives. CBS Staff Members compared Rodney Anderson to Deangelo Williams (which is a comparison I love, by the way).
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