Scouting Report:

Rodgers will get slept on because of his small stature but he will end up being one of the best running backs in this draft class.

Positives: While ‘Quizz is very undersized he is well built for a running back and has very strong legs which give him impressive leg drive for such a small back. He has great footwork, vision and runs patiently. He also demonstrates great balance and lateral burst which helps him make great cuts once he finds cut-back lanes which makes him hard to stop. Despite his size he runs effectively between the tackles and his leg drive helps him finish runs well. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and has demonstrated solid ability as a pass blocker and will block downfield when he gets the opportunity to. He runs hard and tough and fights hard for extra yardage and runs through arm tackles well because he runs with good pad level in addition to his small size.

Negatives: His size is obviously a question mark for him and durability has to be a concern for a back his size but he is well built so I don’t think that will be a serious issue. You have to wonder if he will be able to carry the load in the NFL as the feature back, but if he was in a two-back backfield that concern would be alleviated. He doesn’t have good straight line speed so he will have issues outrunning defenders to get the edge or to rip off big chunks of yardage once he hits the second level despite his great quickness and shiftiness in the open field.

Overall: I am a huge fan of ‘Quizz and I think that in the right system he could be a very effective starter. He would probably have to be in a zone blocking scheme or a pass heavy offense and I think it would be ideal if he split carries because he wouldn’t wear down and he wouldn’t have as many durability questions. The Packers would be a great team for him to go to, but I also think he could be a very nice complementary runner for a team like the Falcons that need a guy with burst and pass catching ability out of the backfield. I just don’t think he could be our primary guy in our man blocking scheme. A lot of people will doubt ‘Quizz because of his size but he has so much ability as a runner that I don’t think there is any way that he doesn’t become a productive running back in the NFL. If he was two or three inches taller I think he could very well be a first round pick.

Projection: 3rd round. I would pick him in the 2nd round in all honesty but I think he will get serious consideration in the 3rd round range. He might last until the late 3rd or maybe even into the 4th depending on how the RB’s that might be graded higher than him come off the board, but if you get him in the mid-3rd or later I think you are getting fantastic value for a great running back.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 3.5
Power: 3.0
Agility: 5.0
Vision: 4.5
Hands: 4.0
Blocking: 3.0

Thanks for reading!

–Tom