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Da’Rick Rogers may have been the most gifted talent to go unselected in the 2013 NFL draft class. Had it not been for off-field issues that forced him to transfer to Tennessee Tech from Tennessee prior to his final collegiate season, he likely would have been an early-round selection as one of the most physically-gifted wide receivers in the draft class.
It came as a surprise that no team took a chance on him in the draft, even with his character flaws, but the Buffalo Bills finally took that chance on him as an undrafted free agent. Buddy Nix, who was the Bills’ general manager at the time of the draft, told WGR’s The John Murphy Show that the Bills had a first- to second-round grade on Rogers.
If Rogers can keep himself on a straight path off the field, he has star potential on the field. He is a big, physical wideout who has great quickness for a receiver of his size. He has good downfield speed and is a strong route-runner.
Rogers needs to catch the ball more consistently, an issue due simply to lapses in concentration, as he has shown the hands to make tough grabs. He can use his size and speed to be a downfield receiving threat, but also has very good ability to make plays with the ball in his hands.
The Bills have made a strong effort to overhaul their receiving corps with youth this offseason, giving Rogers a window of opportunity to work his way up the depth chart quickly.
With two rookie draft picks also added at receiver in Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, Rogers will be competing for one or two roster spots with a talented group of receivers that includes Brad Smith, Marcus Easley and fellow undrafted rookie Brandon Kaufman.
Rogers has the most talent of that latter group and should be able to win a job as long as he exhibits model behavior off the field.