Draft Dish: NFL teams have heightened interest in mighty mites

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    Draft Dish: NFL teams have heightened interest in mighty mites
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    Russ Lande

    Sporting News
    With the early season success and impact of Chiefs rookie running back/wide receiver/kick returner Dexter McCluster, many NFL teams are searching high and low — OK, really low — for their own mighty mite in the 2011 draft. Here’s a look at the top college players in line to become The Next McCluster:

    1. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State (junior). Rodgers (5-7, 191) has been a star at Oregon State, making huge plays carrying the ball and catching passes. He is short but well-built and shows surprising strength and durability. He has outstanding running skills, vision and instincts. He finds holes and shows the explosive burst to shoot through creases to take plays the distance.

    Rodgers also has excellent hands and does a solid job in pass protection. He hasn’t been used as a returner in college, but we’re confident he can be a star in that area. Projection: Second-round pick

    2. Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy. Despite being a star at Troy, Jernigan (5-9, 190) is not well-known nationally. But you can be sure that NFL teams know about him. He is a tremendously athletic, explosive receiver who makes big plays. With his experience lining up in a variety

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