Former Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers Reportedly Declares for 2013 NFL Draft

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

Nov 19, 2011; Knoxville,TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers (21) rushes against Vanderbilt Commodores defensive back Eric Samuels (22) during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers is going to take his talents to the next level by entering the 2013 NFL draft, according to a report from John Taylor of Pro Football Talk

Rogers has a ton of baggage that caused him problems at Tennessee during his two seasons there, but he was also one of the most talented performers in all of college football when he was on the field.

As a freshman in 2010, Rogers was limited to just 11 receptions for 167 yards, though he did manage two touchdowns, and his 15.2 yards per reception was a testament to his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands.

Rogers' breakout season came in 2011. He had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns, though the Volunteers finished just 5-7 and missed out on a bowl game.

However, the talent on the field could not mask everything that was happening off the field with Rogers. He was indefinitely suspended from the team in August and eventually transferred to Tennessee Tech for his junior season.

Rogers would later say (h/t Mike Organ of The Tennessean) that his suspension was the result of failed drug tests and being immature: 

There were a couple of drugs tests. It wasn’t anything too crazy. It was about me being a young, immature guy, and those are things I’ve got to work on. I plan to do that.

Rogers didn't have any reported off-the-field incidents at Tennessee Tech. He had 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Golden Eagles, including 303 yards and 18 receptions in a game against Southeast Missouri. 

If Rogers proves himself to be a changed man, he could be one of the steals in this draft class. He has five months to show NFL scouts and executives what he's made of.