The Bears selected Temple TE Evan Rodrigeuz in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Saturday. They now catch a break as they are without a fifth-round selection.
I’m at the complete mercy of the scouting reports on this one. I’ve never seen Rodriguez play, and I can’t speak to his character. But, according to at least three player profiles, the red flags are prevelent.
But first, to set the stage: Rodriguez stands at 6’ 1”, 239 lbs. He’s listed with a 4.58 40 time and put up 18 reps on the 225 lb. bench press at the Combine. He was invited as an H-back, and, according to multiple reports, most teams had him listed exactly as such. Even as an H-back, the best projection I can find for him is the fifth-round.
He started his career at West Virginia. But, after an alleged altercation involving Rodriguez and a female residence advisor resulted in felony assault charges (ultimately reduced to disturbance and misdemeanor trespassing), he transferred to Temple.
He struggled to find his place on the team through 2008 and 2009 and finally began to line up at tight end in 2010. He played most of 2011 after being suspended for “violating team rules.” He impressed mostly on special teams. His career stats included 69 catches for 871 yards and seven touchdowns.
Scouting reports say he is naturally athletic but lacks muscle definition and physicality. He’s been called immature, lazy and an underachiever. Trust me, I’m not trying to actively sway your initial perception because, again, I have no idea, but this is the information that’s out there. Here was one statement: “He does not know what it means to be a pro. Character and dependability need to be investigated.”
Rodriguez is also considered by some to be an injury risk, having missed time following hernia surgery.
Quite honestly, the only consistencies on his scouting reports are the negatives. One report suggests he can be an effective blocker, while another says he fails to square-up consistently and doesn't sustain blocks. One says he’s raw and stiff as a receiver, while another touts his fluid movement.
My initial reaction (and I realized that’s all it is, having never seen him play)? There were better players on the board, and this is another pick where it seems Emery may have reached to get his guy earlier than he had to. But again, what do I know?