Da’Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech #21
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall size. A tough player who will go across the middle and is capable of taking a hit. Deceptively fast. He isn’t exceptionally explosive, but he can stretch the field and will surprise some defensive backs with his speed. Dangerous after the catch because he turns into a running back, he will take a hit and pick up some tough yardage.
Separation Skills: He isn’t explosive in his breaks, but he can get deep over the top in one-on-one situations if the cornerback doesn’t respect his straight-line speed. His size allows him to shield the defender and make plays in tight spaces.
Ball Skills: Shows good body control when adjusting to poorly thrown passes – got plenty of experience with this thanks to Tyler Bray. Will come down with some tough catches, but he also drops some easy ones. He consistently catches away from his body and quickly secures the ball. When he drops them, it’s usually when he takes his eyes off the ball at the last second to survey the field
Intangibles: Suspended for a violation of team rules in 2012 and ultimately dismissed from Tennessee and transferred Tennessee Tech. Struggled to get along with the coaching staff at Tennessee and reportedly failed multiple drug tests. Claims he was tested 10 times during the 2012 season and was clean each time.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Rogers reminds me of Greg Little in many ways, both in terms of his physical tools and his off-field issues. He is definitely a character risk (even more so than Little) but he is one of the most dangerous receivers after the catch due to his physical running style. He is definitely a top-100 talent, but a team will have to be comfortable with his character in order to bring him aboard.