However, for a back his size he doesn't run as low as you would expect. Initially has some natural forward lean, but allows his pad level to get a bit upright and exposes more of his frame than you would expect for a back his size. Now, has the kind of vision and wiggle to rarely take a big lick and does a nice job dropping his pad level into contact, allowing him to at times bounce off defenders. But can be brought down easily in tight areas.
Isn't a real burner in the open field. Gets up to speed quickly and has a good initial first step, a real two stepper. However, doesn't have the kind of second gear to consistently outpace defenders in the open field. Is a gifted start and stop athlete who uses his change of gears to create additional yards in the secondary, but isn't a guy who can outpace angles. Has decent feel in short yardage/goal line situations, but doesn't have the kind of power to run through tackles in the NFL and isn't a guy who can push the pile inside.
Is natural out of the backfield in the pass game. Catches the ball well off his frame, can be split out and create mismatches in the pass game and is a pretty savvy route runner for the position. Looks comfortable setting up routes underneath in the pass game and has the ability to turn a route up the field and track the football vertically. Lacks ideal size/power as a blocker; is going to have a tough time holding up at the point of attack at the next level.
Impression: A narrow-framed, undersized junior back who lacks ideal straight-line speed. However, he's a natural runner with good short-area quickness and fluidity and can create mismatches in the pass game. Can make a roster as a kick-return/third down type back."
Positive: Incredibly productive college back who projects as a rotational/third-down back in the NFL. Runs low to the ground and gets lost behind blockers. Shows terrific quickness and a sudden burst. Can turn the corner and has the ability to sidestep defenders. Runs with an aggressive style, hits the hole hard, and keeps his feet moving up the field. Can change direction without losing momentum and easily avoids piles or leaves opponents grasping for air. Solid receiver who makes the reception away from his frame. Consistently turns it north-south when the ball is in his hands.
Negative: Easily brought down by a single defender. Could be considered too aggressive for his own good. Lacks the speed to run to daylight.
Analysis: Rodgers was a tremendous offensive threat at Oregon State, constantly producing in a variety of ways. He lacks the size/speed numbers to be anything other than a part-time player at the next level but should be very productive as a third-down back with the ability to make plays in space."
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."
Weaknesses: His size is obviously not ideal for an NFL back. Not going to run over defenders with power. Even though he gives great effort in pass pro, he'll struggle to pick up NFL linemen and linebackers. Quicker than he is fast and he doesn't possess another gear at the second level to take carries the distance.
Projection: Third rounder. Rodgers competitiveness, leadership, work ethic, and running ability should get him on the field as a rookie as a complimentary back."
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."
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."
JacQuizz Rodgers commands a strong initial Burst, excellent Navigational skills, superior Fluidity, and exceptional Lateral Agility, a very impressive Repertoire.
He's also a very dangerous Receiver, though a decided liability as a Blocker.
In my efforts to organize RB's by their strengths, I've invented the terms "Smashers", "Slashers", + "Thrashers" as what I hope will be easy references, respectively, to Power Backs, 3rd Down Backs, and Hybrids.
JacQuizz Rodgers clearly falls into the category of Slasher, and a very explosive one. His "40" Speed is mediocre, but his FootBall Speed is outstanding.
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