Oregon State seems to make a living participating in second tier bowl games yet this season the team should be explosive on both sides of the ball. In the 2011 NFL Draft the Beavers will offer their highest rated prospect since running back Steven Jackson.
The Rodgers brothers are an exciting pair to watch on offense and both offer ability as utility/role players at the next level.
Jacquizz Rodgers is a small yet elusive ball carrier that runs with tremendous quickness. Running low to the ground, he gets lost behind blockers, shows a terrific burst and quickly cuts back against the grain, losing no momentum. He’s also an effective receiver out of the backfield. Rodgers runs north/south yet his ball carrying lacks strength and he’s easily brought down at the point of attack. We project him as a third down back/situational runner at the next level.
James Rodgers is a small framed receiver who gives effort. Like his brother, he displays terrific quickness in his overall game. Rodgers comes back to the ball out of breaks, very quickly transitions from making the catch to running after the reception and does a nice job following blocks in the open field. Rodgers unnecessarily body catches at times and does lose out in battles.
Alex Linnenkohl is a hard working lineman with terrific blocking vision. He’s smart, tough and does a nice job quarterbacking the offensive line. Linnenkohl is really not a finisher but offers some skill for a zone blocking scheme.
Defensive tackle Stephen Paea gave serious thought to entering last April’s draft but decided to return for his senior season at the final moment. For almost two years now we’ve compared him to Sedrick Ellis, the former first round pick from the USC Trojans. Paea, like Ellis, is an explosive one-gap lineman that fires off the snap and makes plays in every direction. He’s constantly around the action and has next level skills which should get him selected during the second half of round one. Scouts coming out of Corvallis this summer have already been incredibly impressed with Paea during August camp.
David Pa’aluhi was a forceful middle linebacker, constantly around the action, intimidating opponents. Pa’aluhi left Oregon State then considered transferring to Hawaii before deciding to leave football together and join the Armed Forces. We wish Pa’aluhi well and thank him for his service to America.
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