Prospect: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Grade: 6.7X (Grading Scale)
Da’Rick Rogers is a big, physical specimen with a muscled up build. He presents a large target to the QB. Rogers has good speed and a explosive lower body. Rogers knows how to use his size and strength properly. Can fight his way off jams and forces a clean release. Down the field he can out muscle smaller defenders at the catch point. Shown he can win on short and intermediate area routes. Wins on slants, screens and medium length “digs” using his larger frame to get position. He can also threaten the seam area and is tough to cover when running skinny post routes. Rogers displays the body control to make tough catches in small areas. Not afraid to go into the dirty areas of the field and can protect his body when he knows the hit is coming. Physical and tough to bring down after the catch. Rogers battles for extra yards with his powerful lower body and can dish out contact to create some extra yards. He’s very good on crossing routes and sudden out-breaking routes. Shown the consistent ability to run away from trailing defender or separate on out routes. Snatches the ball out of the air while on the run.
Rogers is able to be physical at the top of his routes. He can create separation out of his breaks with strength and knows how to position or box out the receiver to gain leverage. In the middle of the field he presents a hard to miss target, especially when sitting down in zone coverage. Has a large catch radius which is expanded by his great vertical leaping ability. Displays impressive body control to torque and adjust his large frame to off-target throws. Aggressively attacks the ball when it’s in the air, even fighting his way through defenders to make body adjustments to the ball. Can line up outside or in the slot if needed.
Maturity and character issues. Was kicked off the Tennessee team prior to the 2012 season for violation of team rules. He has since admitted he failed three separate drug tests at UT. Drops too many balls on film. Tends to jump to catch the ball even when he doesn’t need to. Has some timing issues with former QB Tyler Bray, where they would each be confused as to when the throw was supposed to come. Far from a refined route runner. Uses strength and body positioning to get open instead of quickness and sharp footwork. Will run his routes at different depths and isn’t always in the position he’s supposed to be in. Doesn’t always separate vertically against SEC defensive backs.
Lacks the sudden second gear to turn on the jets and run by the DB. Looks like he has a “governor” on when he is running at top speed. Poor concentration and focus on a play to play focus. Doesn’t seem interested when he isn’t heavily involved in the passing offense. Has been criticized for being selfish and vocal when not involved enough.
Da’Rick Rogers is one of the most talented receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft. His physical and bulked up build is especially impressive. He flashes big time play making ability, playing with physicality and strength within his routes. Rogers is a dangerous receiver in the short to mid area simply because he can use his big strong frame to get position and win 1 on 1 battles. Possesses an explosive lower body and a large catch radius.
Despite Rogers physical tools, most talk surrounding him will be based around his off the field issues. Lacks focus and concentration when he’s not involved in the offense. Getting kicked off the team prior to his Senior Season doesn’t look good on his record. Despite the failed drug tests, dropped balls and maturity issues he has enough talent to be a borderline 1st round selection. However, it’s more likely he will be pick somewhere on day two of the NFL Draft.