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2021 NFL Draft Profile: Otis Anderson

Otis’ versatility in college could get him a good look in the pros

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Otis Anderson was one of the most beloved UCF Knights in his four years in Orlando, due in no small part to all of the things he did on the field. That versatility could be a real advantage at the next level.

Otis Anderson - RB/WR/KR

  • HEIGHT: 5’ 7.4”
  • WEIGHT: 179 pounds
  • 40 YD DASH: 4.63 seconds
  • BENCH PRESS: 11 reps
  • BROAD JUMP: 9’ 5”
  • 3 CONE DRILL: 7.06 seconds
  • 20 YD SHUTTLE: 4.39 seconds


A Duval kid, Otis was a highly-touted recruit who came to UCF in the Scott Frost Era and made an immediate impact in 2017. He was listed originally as a wideout but did a lot of work out of the backfield, scoring a key TD in the USF game on a screen pass.

When Josh Heupel took over, Anderson added RB to his position resume, and worked himself in to the all-time top ten in school history in rushing yards, all-purpose yards, and TDs. He led UCF in rushing in 2019 and his 6.1 yards per carry is second all-time on UCF’s career list.

Best of all, he was a constant threat in the punt return game, and scored on a punt return in the Pitt game in 2019.


Otis’ versatility was his best asset in college and could be his best in the pros. He is deadly in space and has fantastic vision in the open field. As a back, he explodes to the hole and has deceptive physicality for a guy his size. As a receiver, he’s a straight burner with excellent hands and solid, though not spectacular route-running ability. His ability as a returner gives him an extra leg up on the competition, given how important special teams are in the NFL. He would make a fantastic third down/slashback with kickoff and punt returning chops. The only issue is his measurables weren’t as great as it was hoped, which may knock him down to a UDFA prospect. But a smart team who emphasizes film over workouts should be quite happy with him if they can get their hands on him.

Projection: Late Day Three/UDFA