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Old 05-01-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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Default UDFA Sleeper RB C.J. Anderson might be a diamond in the rough

Chedk the YouTube video:

I'm intrigued with what I've read about this RB from Cal that Denver signed as a UDFA. For starters, his physical measurables are interesting enough to warrant a long look in camp if he shows anything. This is a 5'8" 228 pound bowling ball who clocked a pedestrian 4.6 at the combine but later ran 4.49 and 4.52 for scouts at Cal's pro day. He also notched the 3rd fastest short shuttle time at the combine (4.41) and put up 17 bench reps...but enough of that, his situation and the improvement trajectory are what interests me, as well as the You Tube video of him running with moves and power and a low center of gravity that makes him look like a poor man's MJD bouncing off tacklers.

This guy was a star high school option QB in California who didn't switch to RB till his senior year when he went for 1624 on the ground and 23 scores. He was California's 2nd leading prep rusher with over 4,000 yards in HS but probably got overlooked since he only played 1 year at RB and so he wound up going the JUCO route and went to Laney College, where he went for 6.1 and 7.5 ypc in two seasons respectively and piled up 1644 yards rushing his sophmore year, nearly a 1000 yards more than his first season. At Cal he split time with another RB so didn't carry the ball much but the ypc numbers are impressive, a 5.73 ypc overall and 6.2 ypc his senior season. For a power back running between the tackles those are eye popping numbers. It looks like he caught a few balls too and scored on some long runs.

Looking at his numbers, for a guy who only started playing RB his senior year in HS, he jumped dramatically both at Laney College and at Cal in his second season. With McGahee getting long in the tooth and both he and Moreno's health in question I hope this kid gets a good long look. He looks like he's got the kind of power to move the pile and enough swerve to make people miss as well.

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