THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
5-foot-7, 196 pounds
Draft projection: third to fifth rounds
Lowdown: Rodgers had more than 900 touches over the last three seasons. Rodgers, coming out as a junior, rushed for 3,877 yards, tops in Oregon State history and sixth best in Pac-10 history. He had 46 rushing touchdowns. He has excellent hands, with 151 career catches. He’s a good cut-back runner. He’s a Darren Sproles-type player, but he’s not the explosive, breakaway threat that Sproles is. Sproles ran 4.47 out of college. Rodgers ran 4.59. Rodgers said he had only one fumble in his college career.
Quote, on his ability to handle a lot of carries in the NFL: “People are always going to question my size. They say ‘You’re 5-7. That’s not a prototypical running back. But my heart, my passion for the game, I think I could show them that.”