Pos: Running Back
Ht: 5-8 Wt: 224
40-Time: 4.60 Bench: 17
In some ways, C.J. Anderson can be thought of as the antithesis of Denver Broncos draft pick Montee Ball. Where Ball is one of the more experienced running backs to enter the NFL draft, Anderson is a virtual unknown, with only two years at Cal after transferring in 2011 from Laney College. Furthermore, Anderson technically only had two starts in his career with the Bears, both in 2012, as he and "co-starter" Isi Sofele split reps throughout the season. Anderson has very little tread on his tires.
C.J. Anderson isn't the quickest halfback, but he runs hard between the tackles and can be hard to bring down. His vision and one-cut mentality reminds me of the great Broncos zone blocking scheme of old. Watch at 3:16 how Anderson waits and lets the play unfold, finds an opening, cuts, and deliver a Bears touchdown.
Camp Competition: Montee Ball, Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman, Lance Ball, Mario Fannin, Jeremiah Johnson
Camp Outlook: It's a crowded backfield in Denver, as the Broncos now have eight running backs expected to compete for three spots. Anderson would have to have an electrifying camp and preseason to make the roster, and we just don't see it happening. Anderson's best bet is to land on the team's practice squad in 2013, especially with Jeremiah Johnson losing his practice squad eligibility in the middle of this season.
You can follow C.J. Anderson on Twitter at @CjAndersonRB9 (unverified).
Mile High Report’s undrafted rookie reports are compiled by examining scouting reports, news articles, and, when available, film footage of the Broncos’ undrafted rookie. Anderson is one of 16 undrafted free agent rookies the Broncos will bring in to compete in their 2013 training camp.