Bears take Evan Rodriguez in the fourth

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.

Follow me on Twitter: @BearReport

Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of Bear Report magazine and and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider. Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.