Richard Rodgers, TE, California (6'4", 245 pounds)
- Adequate height and overall build.
- Has enough speed to be a threat after the catch when he's given an open lane.
- Size and athleticism gives him the potential to develop as a move blocker.
- Has experience lining up on the line, in the slot and occasionally in the backfield.
- Essentially used as a slot receiver during majority of 2013 season due to Cal's transition to Sonny Dykes' offensive scheme.
- Flashes impressive acceleration off the line of scrimmage at times, giving some hope that he can develop as a route runner.
- Shows the ability to make some difficult catches at times.
- Has the potential to develop reliable hands once he improves his focus.
- Does a nice job attempting to catch with his hands and quickly secure the football.
- Durable player, who appeared in 35 of 37 possible games.
- Son of Carolina Panthers special teams coach Richard Rodgers Sr.
- Not a very smooth all-around athlete—movement and agility in tight spaces is choppy.
- Routes are sloppy and lazy—almost always rounded off and takes a lot of wasted steps, which can throw off the timing of the route.
- Struggles to fight through press coverage against stronger linebackers and lacks the elite speed to scare coverage linebackers away from getting physical with him off the snap.
- Inconsistent hands and had quite a few bad drops due to a lack of focus.
- Extremely limited as a blocker.
- Lacks the lower body strength to hold his ground against more physical defensive ends and linebackers in the blocking game.
- Relies heavily on the chop block technique, potentially to make up for his lack of ability to keep defenders engaged.
- Slow to get out of his stance on the line of scrimmage at times and is often late to react to blitzing linebackers.
- Lack of agility limits his catch radius and he is very inconsistent adjusting to poorly placed balls.
- Limited experience—only started 11 career games.
- Played wide receiver and defensive end in high school.
- Also played basketball in high school.
- Played in two different offensive systems, strictly as a tight end under Jeff Tedford and then as a receiver/tight end under Sonny Dykes.
Rodgers is a tough prospect to grade because he is so raw and doesn't have a ton of experience, an issue which is compounded by the fact that he played multiple roles in two different offensive schemes. In the short term, Rodgers provides almost no value at the next level. His fundamentals, both as a receiver and a blocker, are extremely sloppy and raw and will take a year or two to refine. While he does have some potential once he becomes a more polished product, it's tough to see where he'll win at the next level. He doesn't excel in any one area and he may struggle to carve out a defined role for himself in the NFL.
Draft Projection: Day 3