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Oregon State - Beavers

James Rodgers

James Rodgers - #8 - WR-RS

Height: 5-6 3/4
Weight: 184
Speed: 4.66
Arm: 29 5/8
Hand: 8 3/4
Wingspan: 70 5/8
Birthdate: 12/20/1988
Hometown: Richmond, TX
Grade: 5.12


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
02/29/2012 Combine 5-6 3/4 184 8 3/4 29 5/8 70 5/8 4.63 19 9'7" 37 4.26
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-7 178 8 5/8 29 1/2 70 1/2 4.50



Brother, Jacquizz, was a running back for the Beavers and is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, and uncle, Michael Lewis played nine years in the NFL with the Eagles, 49ers and Rams (2002-10). James was a lightly recruited receiver-free safety who also lettered in basketball and track as Texas prep. As a true freshman in 2007, played all 13 games (one start) and posted 19 receptions for 208 yards (10.9-yard average) and one touchdown with 50 rushes for 586 yards (11.7). Added five kickoff returns for 122 yards (24.4). Started all 12 games played in ’08 — 11 at flanker, one in the slot — and caught 51-607-4 (11.9) with 46-408-5 (8.9) on the ground and 33-818 (24.8) on kickoff returns, including an 86-yard score against California. Suffered a broken collarbone in the regular-season finale against Oregon and did not play against Pittsburgh in the Sun Bowl. Set OSU’s single-season receptions record in ’09 when he started all 13 games at flanker and racked up 91-1,034-9 (11.4) receiving, 58-303-1 (5.2) rushing and 36-840 (23.3) on kickoff returns. Also returned 13 punts for 151 yards (11.6). Started four of the first five games at flanker in ’10 — managed 16-215-2 (13.4) receiving, 8-38-0 (4.8) rushing, 12-344-0 (28.7) on kickoffs and 6-110-1 (18.3) on punts before suffering a season-ending torn left ACL injury against Arizona. Also missed the Arizona State game with a concussion. Was granted a medical hardship. Missed ’11 spring practice and the first two games of the season while rehabbing his left knee injury. Made nine starts at flanker, grabbing 45-518-3 (11.5) and rushing 11-75-0 (6.8). Also missed the Oregon game with an ankle injury. Set the school records for career receptions (222) and all-purpose yards (6,377) and is the only player in school history to have 1,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards in his career. Two-time team captain. Has seven career fumbles.


Good balance. Quick off the line. Can stop and start and separate short. Settles in soft spots in zone coverage. Good hands. Creates with the ball in his hands. Flashed playmaking ability as a receiver and return man — agile and elusive. Pesky blocker. Plays bigger than his size. Has a special-teams mentality. Coach’s dream with rare personal and football character. Has leadership traits. Has NFL bloodlines.


Marginal size — is very short with short arms and small hands. Has a significant injury history and is not built to survive a big man’s game. Lacks elite top-end speed. Can be knocked off his route when defenders get their hands on him. Dwarfed and outmuscled in traffic. Did not show the same explosiveness upon returning from injury. Has had multiple knee surgeries, and durability is a concern.


Diminutive, tough, competitive, mentally strong, try-hard overachiever boasting off-the-charts intangibles. Is the type of player you root for and is already a success given where he has come from, but will have to regain his pre-injury form to have a chance to stick as a slot guy, returner or situational player. Evaluators will have to revisit 2009 tape to get a truer sense of his ability. 

James Rodgers's Draft Stock

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7.01-9.00Top 10

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