Bears take Evan Rodriguez in the fourth

TE Evan Rodriguez (Phil Sears/USP)

The Chicago Bears addressed their need for a pass catching tight end by selecting Temple's Evan Rodriguez. Yet the team's fourth-round pick is more than meets the eye.

With the 111th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Evan Rodriguez, a hybrid tight end/fullback from Temple.

Rodriguez (6-2, 239) played H-back for Temple, lining up all over the backfield. He was used as a fullback on running plays yet broke into the secondary as a tight end on passing downs.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash, posted 18 reps in the bench press, with a 9-11 broad jump, 36-inch vertical jump, 4.28 short shuttle and a 6.94 three-cone.

He's a three-year starter with 28 starts under his belt. Besides his role as an H-back, Rodriguez also played on punt return and field goal units, which gives him added value on special teams.

As a senior, he was named first-team All-MAC. At the East West Shrine game, Rodriguez excelled, showing his on-field versatility.

Rodriguez began his collegiate career at West Virginia before transferring to Temple his sophomore season.

Off the field, Rodriguez has had issues. He was charged with misdemeanor disturbance and misdemeanor trespassing while at West Virginia in 2007, then later arrested for disorderly conduct in April 2009.

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