Zach Rogers is one of our priority UDFAs, and he's probably the most interesting player out of the bunch. While the national media would love the pump the "HE'S WEARING TEBOW'S NUMBER!!!!" story, I think it bears mentioning that, unlike one Tim Tebow, he could very well be an integral part of our offense for years to come.
Zach Rogers says he likes to "fly under the radar," and he did that for the most part at Tennessee. As most of us here know, Tennessee had two of the premier wide receivers in this draft with Cordarelle Patterson and Justin Hunter. With the focus of defensive coordinators being on those two, flying under the radar is exactly what Zach Rogers was able to do.
At Tennessee, Rogers was perceived to be Tyler Bray's favorite target as he was seemingly always available for the easy, dump-off pass underneath a defense's pass coverage. In his senior season, Zach Rogers caught 32 balls for 491 yards and 7 TDs working primarily out of the slot and bunch formations close to the line. He was your prototypical sure-handed possession receiver.
Now don't let the "possession receiver" label fool you. Zach Rogers runs a sub 4.5 forty yard dash, and is seen in the above video burning 2nd round pick of the Washington Redskins David Amerson. He has the speed to stretch the field from the slot down the seam, and that is something this offense will need so that we don't face 8 man boxes the way the Jets saw so frequently last season. And if you read J-Nasty's post on Geno Smith (and I recommend you do), you would know that the middle of the field is where Geno Smith excels. Having a target who can get himself open down the seam is a great toy to have with our new QB.
I think Zach Rogers can come in right away and be a solid 4th wide receiver for the Jets, with the potential to develop into a Jerricho Cotchery level 2nd receiving option on the outside. However, I think he's best suited "flying under the radar" and moving the chains from the slot. Here's some footage of his work against South Carolina, and hopefully what he will be able to do at the next level. Kool-aid!