Chicago Bears: 3 must-watch prospects in Boca Raton Bowl

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Chicago Bears, Otis Anderson
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3. Running Back Otis Anderson, UCF

With what the Bears are trying to do on offense — namely, using players in a variety of ways and doing so effectively — a guy who would fit that mold is Otis Anderson. The UCF running back is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 174 pounds, but he’s pretty shifty in open space.

Sports Reference actually lists Anderson as a WR/RB which is interesting, because he does have 89 career receptions for 1,089 yards and nine touchdowns. But, this season, he has acted more as a running back than anything — and he’s played well.

This final season has seen Anderson average the most rushing yards per game of any of his four seasons (about 77 yards per contest). He’s definitely evolved into a better runner, but still provides an NFL offense with an experienced route runner who can do it all.

The Knights’ offense has been a consistent attack all year long, and Anderson has been one of those guys who has provided more explosive plays as the season went on. His biggest performance was against Houston, where he rushed 16 times for 170 yards and a score. What was most impressive about that game? Six of his 16 rushes gained double-digit yardage.

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Anderson is a mid-to-late round prospect who could raise his draft stock in a big way during this matchup, and could be another complimentary player for the Bears, similar to Tarik Cohen, except Anderson is a bit bigger and lengthier than Cohen.