The Falcons moved up in the fifth round to get the player they wanted in running back Jacquizz Rodgers, out of Oregon State. The team swapped fifth round picks with the St. Louis Rams, moving up from pick No. 158 to No. 145, and gave up one of their seventh round picks (No. 229) to facilitate the trade.
Rodgers was a productive back for the Oregon State team and was the focus of many a Pac-10 defender for the past three seasons. In those years, he combined for 3877 rushing yards, 46 rushing touchdowns, and 151 receptions. Undersized, standing at only 5-6, 196 pounds, Rodgers draws comparisons with other undersized backs like Darren Sproles, Warrick Dunn, and Maurice Jones-Drew who have gone on to have NFL success.
Rodgers gives the Falcons another reliable third down option that can be effective in the passing game and be a quick, change of pace back behind the more powerful runners in Michael Turner and Jason Snelling.
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