At just over 6’1″ and 239 pounds, Rodriguez is not an imposing physical presence at the point of attack, but he’s an agile, quick footed, versatile, receiving tight end, with exceptional balance. He’s a highly versatile player, who lined up in-line, out wide, slotted, flexed, as an H-back, and in the backfield as a lead blocker for Bernard Pierce, at Temple. However, his greatest potential may be as an NFL fullback, where he can showcase his abilities to catch and block in space. Rodriguez should be an attractive late fourth round pick for a team with a two tight end system, and a creative offensive coordinatior, who can move him around the formation to take advantage of match-ups. If he’s not a top five tight end prospect, then he’s at the head of the next grouping.
Rodriguez displays above average overall athleticism, lateral agility, and downfield speed, for a player of his size. He can work the shallow and intermediate zones, as well as stretch the defense downfield. Flashes solid hands, and the ability to catch the ball in traffic. Understands zone priciples and how to take advantage of cushion areas. Sophisticatedly sells fakes before releasing into his pattern. Relishes contact – will knock over an opponent, then go downfield and hit somebody else. Solid positioning on shield blocks, and can really stick to defenders. Not elusive in space, post catch, but runs well and will break arm tackles.
At Temple, didn’t have experience with an advanced route tree. Not a dominating in-line blocker, and can get too high upon contact. Inconsistent hand positioning when asked to pass block. Less than ideal size for an NFL tight end – teams may be able to cover him with a cornerback, without fear of being dominated physically off the line.