Da'Rick Rogers: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Tennessee Tech WR
Talented but troubled, Tennessee Tech receiver Da'Rick Rogers is one of the classic risk-reward players in the 2013 NFL draft.
A 5-star high school recruit who dominated the SEC during his sophomore season at Tennessee, Rogers was eventually dismissed from the team after several off-the-field issues. He transferred to Tennessee Tech.
After just one season at the FCS school, Rogers declared for the NFL draft.
Here are five things you need to know about the former Tennessee and Tennessee Tech receiver.
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Full Name: Da'Rick Jamal Rogers
Birthday: June 18, 1991
Hometown: Calhoun, Georgia
High School: Calhoun
Major: Not listed
A 5-star high school recruit according to Scout.com, Rogers picked Tennessee over the likes of Alabama, Georgia, USC, Florida and LSU. He originally committed to Georgia.
As a high school senior, Rogers caught 66 passes for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Rogers spent two years at Tennessee before transferring to Tennessee Tech, a decision spawned by his suspension in 2012 for failing multiple drug tests. He spent 2012 at the FCS school before declaring for the NFL draft.
Rogers played in all 13 games as a true freshman, catching 11 passes for 167 yards and two scores. He also rushed 16 times for 117 yards and returned 12 kicks for 298 yards (24.8 average).
His sophomore year saw a rise to elite status in the SEC. Rogers caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards (both led the SEC) and nine scores (second), making the All-SEC First Team.
In his one season at Tennessee Tech, Rogers caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his career with 2,100 yards receiving and 21 scores over 35 games.
Weight: 217 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 3/4"
Hand Size: 9 1/2"
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds
Broad jump: 132"
Vertical jump: 39.5"
Bench press: 10 reps (225 lbs)
Three-cone drill: 6.71 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.06 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.31 seconds
Pro Day results
Vertical jump: 38"
According to Rob Rang of CBS Sports, Rogers posted a 38-inch vertical leap at the Tennessee pro day but chose to stand on his other Combine numbers. He also participated in receiver drills.
Considering how impressive he was at the Combine (top receiver numbers in both jumps and shuttles), his decision wasn't a shocking one.
During an early 2012 game against Southeast Missouri, Rogers caught a school-record 18 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. He finished just three catches and 13 yards off the Ohio Valley Conference records.
According to NFL.com, Rogers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during the summer before his freshman season at Tennessee. He was eventually dismissed from the team after failing multiple drug tests before the 2012 season.
Before transferring to Tennessee Tech, Rogers was selected as a preseason All-American and All-SEC pick. He was also included on the preseason Biletnikoff and Maxwell Award watch lists.
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Off-the-field issues aside, few draft analysts have a bad word to say about Rogers' ability inside the white lines.
In fact, he's one of the most physically talented receivers in the 2013 class, according to NFL.com.
The site assigned Rogers a grade of 74.4, which equates to a second- or third-round pick.
Here's their "bottom line" scouting report:
Rogers is a physical specimen with strong hands who overpowered defenders in his routes and after the catch on his way to second-team All-SEC status in 2011 (67 catches, 1,040 yards, nine TDs), and to a dominating season (78 catches for 1,207 yards and 11 TDs) while at Tennessee Tech. His immaturity off the field caused him to be dismissed from Tennessee before the 2012 season, and thus the biggest questions with Rogers will be about character concerns. While he's not a quick-twitch, vertical threat, Rogers is a big, physical receiver who works well across the middle, and has a tremendous deal of talent.
CBS Sports ranked Rogers as their 12th-best receiver, with a projected third-round pick.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports gave this short scouting report:
Strengths: Despite playing in the ultra-physical SEC, Rogers proved too strong for most teams to consider pressing. He's also versatile, showing the ability to line up outside, as well as in the slot. While it is easy to get excited about Rogers' size-speed potential, one of his greatest attributes is simply his toughness, as he absorbed several big collisions on games viewed and never dropped a pass due to a hit while at Tennessee. Rogers is a powerful runner who fights for additional yardage and has the agility and speed to run away from the pack for explosive plays.
Weaknesses: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he's a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves.
In his final mock draft Matt Miller of Bleacher Report mocked Rogers in the third round to the Detroit Lions.