Much to the surprise of many NFL analysts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not draft a running back this year. However, they did sign Bruce Anderson from North Dakota State as an undrafted rookie afterwards.
In most mock drafts, Anderson was expected to get selected somewhere in rounds 6-7. With him not getting picked at all, the Bucs could have found themselves a gem even without having to give up any of their valuable draft picks.
His playing style reminds somewhat of David Johnson. Both players possess a great combination of power and speed. Furthermore, he makes decent reads. Anderson is certainly an asset in the passing game who knows how to gain extra yardage after the catch. In addition to that, North Dakota State used him very efficiently as a kick returner.
While the 5’11” running back might not be the next David Johnson, he could play a significant role in the Tampa Bay back field sooner rather than later. He does seem to have the skill set Bruce Arians is looking for in his running backs.
Due to the lack of talent on the roster at the position, his landing spot with the Bucs is ideal for him.
If Anderson works hard and Ronald Jones does not find a way to make a 180 degree turn, you might see him splitting carries with Peyton Barber in September.
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