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Evan Rodriguez of Temple selected by Bears in fourth round
With their fourth-round pick, the Bears selected Temple tight end Evan Rodriguez.
Described by NFLDraftScout.com possibly as “a poor man’s Aaron Hernandez,” Rodriguez started his collegiate career at West Virginia but ended up at Temple. He moved all over, playing multiple positions and some NFL teams considered him as a fullback.
That’s not a surprise, since he’s 6 foot 1 1/2, and about 240 pounds.
Current Temple coach Steve Addazio was the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida, and he coached Hernandez.
Rodriguez had 479 receiving yards last season and scored two touchdowns for Temple, modest numbers to say the least.
He’s also had to answer questions about his character, but Emery downplayed those. In a psychological evaluation the team gives players, Rodriguez scored a nine out of 10.
“To find this guy, to be the right fit for us, is a good find for the Bears,” Emery said.
“Right role, right fit for a player and a team.”
Under Mike Tice, the Bears needed a hybrid tight end/ fullback who could block but also get down the field. With his 4.5 speed, Rodriguez can get up the field in a hurry.