A hugely talented guy who gets suspended/dismissed for repeated drug violations, you say? He’s destined for the Redskins, surely?
Comparisons to Fred Davis and Trent Williams aside, Da’Rick Rogers will likely slip down draft boards because of these character concerns. However, like Armstrong, he’s a first-round talent who lost his way a little bit.
While some fans are calling for Tyrann Mathieu to be in a Redskins uniform next year, Rogers is a much better NFL prospect who could make game-changing plays for any team that drafts him.
It’s obviously unknown how much these violations will affect his draft stock, but Rogers shouldn’t last past the third round. Whether Shanahan feels he needs a receiver that early—especially one with drug concerns—is a different matter, but drafting on a “best player available” basis would make Rogers difficult to pass up in the third.
It’s likely that Shanahan trades down a couple of spots in the third or fourth round to pick up some value-players in the late rounds, so it could be that the coach makes a surprising pick. The team obviously has a big need at right tackle, but the coaching staff already has Tom Compton, whose pay was increased while on the practice squad.
With Chase Minnifield and Jordan Bernstine also returning at corner and safety, there’s definitely a surprise brewing in Washignton. Receiver could be a position where Shanahan makes a bold move, especially if Kirk Cousins is running the offense for some of next season.
Rogers is strong and gets a lot of yards after the catch. At 6’3” and 206 pounds, he has the size to be a genuine threat, and is also blessed with good pace and a big leap.
Beyond Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, the Redskins still lack reliability in their receiving corps. While bringing in a guy with repeated drug violations might not be the best way to fix those concerns, Rogers has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
Despite his problems at Tennessee, he performed well and without incident at Tennessee Tech. If he falls to the Redskins, he could be too good to pass up.