Da'Rick Rogers 2011 Highlights (via natea831)
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Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers vs Oregon ᴴᴰ (via CollegeFootballLive)
2012 stats: 61 catches, 893 yards, 10 TD
2011 stats: 67 catches, 1040 yards, 9 TD
6-3, 206 pounds
The story of Da'Rick Rogers is one of frustration and unrealized potential. He was a top recruit, the #2 WR in the country coming out of Atlanta, committing to University of Tennessee. As a true sophomore in 2011, Rogers led the SEC with 67 catches and 1040 yards en route to 1st team All-SEC honors. Then came a storm of issues, culminating in Rogers's release from Tennessee's football program, allegedly for smoking marijuana (according to Rogers). Rogers immediately transferred to Tennessee Tech, where he put up solid numbers, including a game where he racked up 303 yards.
Rogers is the definition of a solid receiver. He's not a burner for sure, but he's a fluid route runner who gets open. He has quickness, size, and enough speed to get over the top of slower/unaware defenders. He's no Cordarrelle Patterson after the catch, but he's solid enough. But what sticks out is his toughness. The guy makes catches that any glue guy in the NFL needs to make. In between 2 defenders, while taking the hit... that's the stuff that separates the good from the great.
It's entirely possible that had Rogers stayed at Tennessee, he would be a first round candidate and Patterson might be returning to Tennessee next season. However, because of his character issues, there's a chance that he drops into the 3rd or 4th round. Should the Jets be waiting with open arms? Yes, I say.