Roderick is a quality offensive tackle still growing into his body. He has
everything you look for in the build of an offensive tackle for the next level.
He has the size and long arms and the overall length that makes up for any lack
of athletic talent he may have. He takes pride in his blocking and is assignment
smart, picking up stunts and working with his teammates on the offensive line.
He doesn’t panic and although he struggles at times during a game he never gives
up and seems to adjust as the game goes on. When he gets beat he starts to play
with a “controlled like anger” that makes him move faster and work harder but
not commit penalties. Roderick seems to be very coachable and have the perfect
mental make up to become an excellent offensive tackle for the team that selects
Although he is still growing into his body there are some athletic issues that
with good coaching he can minimize but will always be a problem. He lacks the
true change of direction skills and lateral agility to redirect when opponents
use double moves on him. He is learning to turn his hips and drive opponents up
field but he struggles to move his feet once he is engaged while pass blocking.
When he gets angry and keeps his pad level low he does a good job blocking for
the run but he is inconsistent and right now he lacks the lower and upper body
strength to compete at a high level for a 16 game schedule. Most of these
strength and conditioning issues are correctable and I have no doubt when that
happens Roderick will improve in his techniques also.
It’s hard to say if Roderick will ever be a good left tackle but I do believe he
can be a pro bowl right tackle in the very near future. I like his mental make
up to overcome his athletic limitations but because of his athletic limitations
he could only play left tackle in an offensive system that uses a lot of play
action. I think any other type of offense he would struggle with the speed
rushers. He reminds me a lot of the Giants Erick Flowers in that regard. I could
see a playoff team in the first round more than willing to select him because he
looks on film to be a quality person with the talent to a start and play
offensive tackle at a high level. It just might take some time and patience.