2018 NFL Draft

Evan Rodriguez, FB

School: Temple  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: North Bergen, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 239 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 4/111 - Evan Rodriguez, TE, 6-2, 244, Temple...Undersized, athletic pass-catching tight end had 35 receptions last season for 479 yards, averaging 13.7 yards per catch with two touchdowns. Started 28 games at Temple after transferring from West Virginia. Off-the-field issues. Arrested for assault in '07 and disorderly conduct in April '09. Good speed (4.56) and a natural pass catcher with good body control and smooth movement skills to adjust to the ball in the air. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - "We see Evan as a combination of a fullback and an 'F' tight end (lining up in the slot as a receiver)," Emery said. "We really felt that we had a defined need with system changes that (offensive coordinator Mike) Tice will bring in terms of having a vertical tight end, somebody that can challenge the inside of the defensive structure of our opponent. "We also were looking for somebody to be that move tight end that could come up and lead (block) up on a linebacker in certain situations - a good enough player blocking, receiving and providing vertical stretch that he can stay in the game in all of our base formations." Rodriguez, 22, has had off-the-field issues. In 2007, at West Virginia, he had a felony assault charge reduced to misdemeanor disturbance and trespassing charges after an alleged physical altercation with a female residence hall advisor. After transferring to Temple he was arrested for disorderly conduct in April 2009. "That is precisely why we brought him in (to Halas Hall for a pre-draft visit)," Emery said. "Everybody in this building has spent quality time on him." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The Bears used their fourth-round pick (111th overall), to select undersized, athletic Evan Rodriguez, who could be the best pass-catching tight end on the roster, but he comes with character concerns. The North Bergen, N.J. native is clearly a different style of tight end from incumbents Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth. The two veterans shared the job last season and were used mostly as in-line blockers, although five of Davis' catches went for touchdowns. Davis (267 pounds) and Spaeth (260) are both 6-7 and have the size to match up with defensive linemen. Rodriguez is a natural pass-catcher with good body control and smooth movement skills to adjust to the ball in the air. But he is not a factor as an in-line blocker and is more of a finesse, H-back type or a move tight end who can hit a moving target as a blocker. - The Sports Xchange

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE MONDAY: Teams looking for a poor man's Aaron Hernandez should take a long, hard look at Temple's Evan Rodriguez. He showed his versatility in practice, lining up outside the tackle on the line of scrimmage and also in the backfield. Rodriguez isn't very impressive physically, measuring a hair over 6-1 1/2 and 242 pounds, but he put his reliable hands on display with very good vision and focus to reel in tough catches. He is a smaller target and struggled in blocking drills, but Rodriguez is an intriguing pass-catcher. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2011 - Scouting the Temple passing game: In theory, the fear of Pierce should allow Temple's play-action passes to work well too, but first-year head coach Steve Addazio has played musical quarterbacks before finally finding an answer after nine games in redshirt sophomore lefty Chris Coyer. The problem? Coyer suffered a sprained left AC joint in his throwing shoulder during the Owls' first offensive series against Kent State on Nov. 25, but should be ready for Temple's bowl game. If Coyer can't go, then either fifth-year senior Chester Stewart or junior Mike Gerardi, both of whom have started multiple games this season, will be the man under center. Whoever the starter is will have some weapons to work with most notably, senior tight end Evan Rodriguez (33 receptions, 427 yards, 3 TDs in 2011), an NFL prospect, and wideouts Rod Streater, Joe Jones and Deon Miller. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - Ten Temple Owls recently earned 2011 All-Mid-American Conference team honors for football. Named to the first team were senior OL Pat Boyle, junior RB Bernard Pierce, senior TE Evan Rodriguez, and senior DE Adrian Robinson. Named to the MAC second team were senior LB Tahir Whitehead and junior P Brandon McManus. Third-team honorees were senior OL Wayne Tribue, junior RB Matt Brown, senior DE Morkeith Brown, and senior S Kevin Kroboth. Pierce and Robinson garnered first-team accolades for the third consecutive season. They are Temple's first three-time MAC first-team selections since joining the conference in 2007. Rodriquez earned first-team honors for the second consecutive year. - The Sports Xchange

12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Tight End - Evan Rodriquez, Temple, has been selected All-MAC First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted by the MAC News Media Association. Rodriguez played in all 12 games with 11 starts at tight end this season. Named to the Mackey Award Watch List, he leads the Owls with 427 yards and two touchdowns on 33 receptions. In the win at Maryland, Rodriguez had a career-high 96 yards on five receptions en route to National TE?of the Week honors from the National Football Performance Awards. - Temple football

11/02/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Temple (5-3 overall, 3-2 MAC in 2011) at Ohio U (5-3 overall, 2-2 MAC), Nov. 2 This is a huge game for both teams. The winner of this nationally-televised game (ESPN, 8 p.m.) will likely go to a bowl game, while the loser can probably forget it. The Owls feature one of the best running attacks-paced by superstar tailback Bernard Pierce (951 yards, 18 rushing TDs) and one of the nation's stingiest defenses (10 ppg allowed). Bowling Green's offense, led by superb sophomore QB Tyler Tettleton (1,979 passing yards, 17 TD passes, 5 INTs in 2011), has the offensive weapons to test Temple's defense, so this could be an interesting road test for the Owls. KEYS TO THE GAME: Fifth-year senior Chester Stewart must make enough quality throws to keep the Ohio U defense honest. Otherwise, the Bobcats will flood the box with defenders in attempt to slow down Temple's touchdown machine, junior RB Bernard Pierce (18 rushing TDs in 2011). Stewart doesn't need to carry Temple to victory. He just needs to complete throws to wideouts Deon Miller and Rod Streater as well as stud tight end Evan Rodriguez to move the chains and keep Ohio U's dangerous offense (31.9 ppg) on the sidelines. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Evan Rodriguez - First-year Temple coach Steve Addazio, a former offensive coordinator at Florida, says that Rodriguez reminds of him of former Gators star Aaron Hernandez, who is now a New England Patriot. Rodriguez leads the Owls in receiving with 16 catches for 215 yards. He's tough for most linebackers to keep up. That makes him a reliable security blanket for Temple's fifth-year senior QB Chester Stewart, who will make his second straight start under center for the Owls. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Owls possess all of the pieces necessary to be a prolific attack except the most important one, a No. 1 quarterback. Junior TBs Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown - a.k.a. "Bernie and the Bug" - form the MAC's best running back duo. Pierce has the size (6-foot, 218 pounds), skill and nose for the end zone (33 career rushing TDs) to one day play on Sundays. Pierce and Brown operate behind a massive, senior-laden offensive line, anchored by C John Palumbo and Gs Wayne Tribue and Derek Dennis, which averages 318 pounds per man. Those interior linemen will be stiffly tested by Maryland's stellar DT Joe Vellano, a second-team All-ACC selection in 2010. The Owls have a future NFL tight end in Evan Rodriguez and a tall, reliable wideout in Deon Miller. The problem is that neither junior Mike Gerardi nor Chester Stewart have made enough plays to nail down the No. 1 quarterback job. Given all of the other puzzle pieces this offense has, Gerardi and Stewart do not have to be world-beaters; they just have to make enough quality throws to keep the chains moving and keep opposing defenses honest. Stewart will start this week against Maryland. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Penn State (1-1) at Temple (2-0), Sept. 17 When living legend Joe Paterno comes to Philadelphia, it's a really big deal and it will be this Saturday as a near sellout crowd is expected at Lincoln Financial Field. Plus, the high noon battle will be televised nationally on ESPN. Penn State has won 28 straight meetings with Temple, but the talent gap between the two schools is closer than it's ever been. If Bernard Pierce, a future NFL tailback, can effectively run the football and Mike Gerardi can efficiently manage the game, then Temple can win this ballgame. KEYS TO THE GAME: Joe Paterno has coached a game or two in his life, so he'll load up the box with the defenders to stop the running of Bernard Pierce (297 rushing yards, six scores in Temple's first two games), so junior QB Mike Gerardi must complete enough throws to WRs Deon Miller and Rod Streater and stud TE Evan Rodriguez to keep the defense honest and keep the sticks moving. On the other side of the ball, Temple's defense must slow down TB Silas Redd (169 yards, 3 TDs in 2011) and force the Nittany Lions to beat them through the air. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: TE Evan Rodriguez - A future pro, Rodriguez showed why he is worthy of being on the Mackey Watch List (the award given to the nation's best tight end). Rodriguez snared game and career-high six balls for a career-best 68 yards vs. Villanova on Sept. 1. New Temple head coach Steve Addazio, who came to North Philly from Urban Meyer's staff at the University of Florida, has been telling reporters that Rodriguez reminds him of Aaron Hernandez, the former Gators tight end who is now in his second season catching passes for Tom Brady with the New England Patriots. Akron's defense struggled to cover Ohio State tight end Jake Stonburner (school-record three TD catches for a tight end vs. the Zips last weekend), so look for Addazio to throw the ball early and often to Rodriguez. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: TE Evan Rodriguez - The 252-pound Rodriguez has pro potential, thanks to his soft hands (21 receptions, 247 yards, two TDs in 2010) and his punishing blocks. Rodriguez routinely puts opposing outside linebackers on the ground with his blocks and is on the Mackey Award watch list (the award is given to the nation's best tight end). He's one of two special tight ends on Temple's roster the other being promising redshirt sophomore Alex Jackson, who showed flashes of stardom in 2010. - The Sports Xchange

07/08/2011 - 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Evan Rodriguez, Temple, Sr, is one of 34 tight ends named to the Mackey Award preseason watch list for the 2001 college football season by the Nassau County (N.Y.) Sports Commission. The Mackey Award, named for NFL Hall of Famer John Mackey, is presented annually to college football's most outstanding tight end. A 2010 first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection and ECAC All-Star, Rodriguez played in 11 games with nine starts last fall. He was the top tight end with 247 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 21 receptions. Rodriguez had a career-high 43 yards on three receptions, including a 31-yard touchdown reception, at Northern Illinois. The two-year starter is also a 2011 preseason first-team All-MAC honoree by Phil Steele and preseason Tight End of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards. - Temple football