2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 10, 2011 @ 02:05:56 PDT

 


Oregon State junior running back Jacquizz Rodgers enters the 2011 NFL Draft after three highly productive seasons for the Beavers. His collegiate success probably won't translate to the NFL, but he still ranks in the top 10 running backs on most boards.

Rodgers rushed for 1,184 yards (4.6 per carry) and 14 touchdowns in 2010; he added 44 receptions and three aerial scores. His most prolific season was 2009, when he posted 1,440 ground yards, 78 receptions and 22 total touchdowns.

Strengths

  • Elusive, shifty back - impressive change-of-direction ability
  • Great ball security
  • Dynamic in short area - quick burst
  • Very productive
  • Jacquizz Rodgers, draft prospect
    The next big little thing?
    Thick build despite height concerns
  • Special teams ability
  • Versatile - very effective receiver
  • Low center of gravity - excellent balance
  • Great character - community leader
  • NFL bloodlines (safety Michael Lewis is his uncle)

Weaknesses

  • Size (5-foot-5 7/8, 196 pounds)
  • Pass protection - will struggle against large rush linebackers
  • Shows impatience at times - looks for the home run
  • Straight-line speed: 4.59-second 40-yard dash
  • Limited role in the NFL

Expected draft placement

Rodgers' size and lack of speed should limit him in the draft. He figures to be a third- or fourth-round pick.

Teams that could show interest in him include the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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