As we near this year’s NFL Draft, we’re looking at some of the OVC players that could hear their name called this weekend.
Tennessee Tech took a gamble when Da’Rick Rogers transferred from Tennessee to Tennessee Tech. Rogers hoped to spend much of the year reminding everyone how he ended up at Tennessee in the first place, but an off year from Tennessee Tech plus a slow start after becoming a late addition kept Rogers from topping many stat categories in the OVC. But at the NFL combine, Rogers made a huge splash, putting himself, talent wise, in the top tier of wide receivers.
But his highly publicized problems at Tennessee as well as concerns about his effort could hamper Rogers’ stock. Even so, it’s likely that Rogers is the first OVC player to hear his name announced, and could be off the board before Saturday.
OVC Stats (2012)
- Catches: 61 (5th in the OVC)
- Yards: 893 (5th)
- Touchdowns: 10 (T-4th)
- Yards per game: 81.2 (6th)
- 40-Yd Dash: 4.52 Seconds
- Bench Press: 10 Reps
- Vertical Jump: 39.5 Inches (T-1st among WRs)
- Broad Jump: 132.0 Inches (T-2nd)
- 3 Cone Drill: 6.71 Seconds (4th)
- 20-Yd Shuffle: 4.06 Seconds (5th)
- 60-Yd Shuffle: 11.31 Seconds (5th)
The first thing mentioned in most profiles of Rogers is his strength, evident in his jump numbers at the NFL combine. He’s 6’3″, and plays even taller. His strength also makes him hard to tackle, meaning extra yards after the catch, a must for an NFL wide receiver. Rogers is a talented run blocker, and has solid speed for his size.
The off-field issues that caused Rogers to leave Tennessee is in the back of everyone’s mind, and it appears to have crept into some on field issues. Several analysts have said that Rogers appears to give up on plays when he’s not the primary receiver, and that his body language on the field speaks volume. Rogers sometimes tries to make a move before securing a catch, leading to some bad drops.
CBS Sports called Rogers a “first-round” talent, but feel his off the field issues will cause him to drop. NFL’s seven-round mock draft appears to agree, putting Rogers as a low third-round pick.