Well we can go ahead and put our first Junior into the 2013 NFL Draft as Tennessee Tech WR Da’Rick Rogers was officially announced today with the seniors on Senior Day and school confirmed Rogers was in fact leaving per Josh Ward.
Back in 2010 Da’Rick Rogers was one of the most hotly recruiting players in the country. Per Rivalsthe Calhoun HS WR was ranked the
#2 WR in the country and #9 overall prospect. Rogers had over 50 offers before deciding to commit to Georgia and then pulling a late switch and signing with Tennessee. This led to a war of words between the new Volunteers WR and Bulldog SAF Bacarri Rambo, looking back on that now, it should have been a sign of things to come.
Rogers went on to have a relatively productive career at Tennessee, catching 78 balls for 1,207 yards and 11 TD’s in two years. The majority of those numbers came in 2011 where he eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving and scored 9 of his 11 TD’s. Rogers career was also productive in an off the field standpoint as it always seemed like he was in Coach Dooley’s doghouse or was the target of constant speculation about a transferring.
In the end Rogers left the University of Tennessee before the 2012 season began. He had been suspended indefinitely for what he later admitted to being multiple failed drug tests.
Rogers ended up at Tennessee Tech in the FCS, it was a program he wasn’t as familiar with but one that had some good friends in senior QB Tre Lamb and RB Adam Urbano, both HS teammates of Rogers. It’s been a rough year for the Golden Eagles, but Rogers has done well. He’s caught 55 balls for 825 yards and 9 TD’s but more importantly there hasn’t been a single story about Rogers being any kind of a problem off the field.
Then today v. UT-Martin, Rogers was introduced along with the other Tennessee Tech seniors signaling the end of his collegiate career after next week’s game v. Austin Peay. Next up for Rogers is the NFL Draft this coming April where he is sure to be a hotly debated prospect.
On the field Rogers is a dynamic threat at the WR position. The 6’3, 206 lbs WR is among the most physical in this class, he’s very strong coming off the line of scrimmage and is not easy to press. He runs solid routes and is not afraid to come across the middle. He minds me a lot of Anquan Boldin though I think he has slightly more athleticism.
Off the field Rogers will need to answer a myriad of questions about his drug use, his issues at Tennessee, and how he has grown up since coming to Tennessee Tech.
In the end I feel comfortable saying Rogers is a definite 1st Round pick who could go as high as Top 10. We will place him as the #1 2013 WR as the class currently stands.
The Bills could be a team of interest for Rogers as they need to find another outside play=maker to compliment WR Steve Johnson.