Rodgers checks in at just 5’7” and 191 pounds, but has the quick feet, acceleration and low center of gravity you’d expect from the jitterbug. However, his lack of prototypical size will be a sticking point for some, and justifiably so. How effective will he be running between the tackles at the next level? Will he continue to be durable (22.2 carries per game)?
Those questions are fair ones, but the Oregon State product is deceptively strong and runs with the power of a far bigger back. With just one fumble in 656 touches, the tailback has displayed ball security. Known as “Mr. Touchdown” in high school, Rodgers has continued to live up to that moniker as a collegian, finding the end zone 34 times so far at OSU. He is also developing as a “Wildcat” runner in his ever-expanding game. If he remains a Beaver for the next two seasons, he will leave as one of the program’s—and Pac-10 conference’s—most decorated runners. His size will likely keep him out of the first round, but his playmaking ability should make him a day-two (second-third round) selection when he decides to enter the draft."
Negatives: Very small, will not be able to shed tacklers at the next level like he does right now... Not the fastest guy on the field, NFL linebackers will be able to chase him... Doesn't always wait for his blockers will try to break the long run rather than be patient... Ineffective pass blocker, larger defenders are able to run through him... Likely a change of pace back, upside is limited by his lack of size and speed... Post season workouts will hurt him, measurables are below average."
Rodgers has put up some impressive numbers in his own right over the last three years. As a freshman he rushed for 1,291 yards on 259 carries and reached the end zone a total of 12 times. It was during his sophomore campaign in 2009 when Rodgers burst onto the national scene. He once again shattered the 1,000 yard mark on the ground with 1,440 yards on 273 carries. Rodgers also caught an amazing 78 passes out of the backfield for a total of 522 yards. The most impressive number coming out of that season was his 22 total touchdowns…and that is not even counting his 14-yard touchdown pass.
At 5-7 and 191 pounds, Rodgers is not a bruising back. He needs space to make plays and how well his game translates to the NFL remains to be seen. Rodgers is certainly not the first amazing athlete to put up great numbers in college and head off to the NFL. Many of those players have been very successful at the next level as a change of pace back who is a threat to find the end zone every time he touches the ball. If he leaves early, Rodgers cannot stay on the draft board too long."
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