Rodriguez choice raises character concerns

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Rodriguez comes with checkered past

Rodriguez comes with checkered past

 

The Chicago Bears used a fourth round pick on day three of the 2012 NFL Draft to continue upgrading their receiving corps, tabbing Temple fullback/h back Evan Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 6-3, 250, is a talented pass catcher who projects to tight end. He caught 35 passes for 479 yards and two touchdowns in 2011.

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However, the athletic Rodriguez has a slew of off-field transgressions, beginning with his departure from West Virginia after allegedly assaulting a female residence hall assistant. At Temple, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and suspended once for breaking a team

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rule. He appears to be immature and one wonders how he will handle the bright lights of the NFL. Rodriguez lacks bulk and though willing, isn’t able to sustain his blocks. Most of his action came in a glorified H back role, but the Bears appear willing to install him at tight end to take advantage of match ups and his pass catching ability.

While Chicago General Manger Phil Emery has enjoyed a honeymoon with his off season moves, the Bears appear willing to take risks in the draft. Second-round pick Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina, though never in legal trouble, has a reputation as an underachiever.

In the modern day NFL, its risk vs reward.

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