Jacquizz Rodgers is looking into the NFL. PHOTO/AP
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers plans to submit his name for NFL evaluation for the NFL draft, according to this report.
The junior is a potential draft pick this April if he declares himself eligible and forego his senior season with the Beavers.
Rodgers has continually said he’s coming back next year. Submitting the paperwork is a way for underclassmen to gauge their worth among NFL teams. There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for Rodgers to make a decision.
This process is what defensive tackle Stephen Paea did last year. He found out he was a borderline second to third round pick. Paea decided to return to OSU and is considered a first-round pick.
What Rodgers must consider is his financial value this year to the potential hits he will take one more season in college without being paid. The potential for the 5-foot-7, 191-pounder to be hurt is always there.
Rodgers has touched the ball 912 times in his career as a three-year starter either as a rusher or receiver. That’s an average of 304 times a year, not calculating the hits taken pass blocking.
NFL Draft Blitz ranks him the No. 4 RB in the junior class. Various mock drafts don’t have him listed in the top three rounds, but he has yet to indicate his NFL interest this year.
My feeling is that he’s on the fence. Being able to play with his brother, James, another year is attractive to him. However, if the money is right it’s silly to get hit without getting paid. RB can take only so many bullets.