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Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draft

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Da’Rick Rogers, a talented wide receiver who had a 1,000-yard season at Tennessee as a sophomore but was kicked off the team for positive drug tests, is entering the 2013 NFL draft.

Rogers finished his college career at Tennessee Tech after Tennessee booted him, and he caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012, playing against a lower level of competition. His most impressive college season came in 2011, when he led Tennessee in catches (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine) while often being covered by NFL-caliber cornerbacks in the SEC.

During that season, Rogers was a true sophomore just two years removed from high school, and as a highly regarded recruit out of high school he’s long been viewed as a player who would bolt for the NFL as soon as he finished his third year of college and became draft eligible. There wasn’t much question that Rogers would be gone after only a few months on campus at Tennessee Tech.

Now the question is whether NFL teams will view the 6-foot-2, 215-pound playmaker as a first-round talent, or whether Rogers’ draft stock will plunge because teams are more concerned about what he does off the field than what he does on the field.

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15 Responses to “Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draft”
  1. tenotnamedmiller says: Dec 13, 2012 9:54 AM

    2nd round Lions pick? Would be hilarious.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Dec 13, 2012 9:55 AM

    Right now the Detroit Lions are putting him at the top of their draft board.

  3. joetoronto says: Dec 13, 2012 9:56 AM

    He comes with a Bengals logo stamped on his ass.

  4. blowpackblow says: Dec 13, 2012 9:59 AM

    With the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee

  5. breadslicer says: Dec 13, 2012 10:01 AM

    Raiders.

  6. frodekippe says: Dec 13, 2012 10:03 AM

    “Da’Rick” is a brilliant name!

  7. joetoronto says: Dec 13, 2012 10:18 AM

    It’s apparent to me that his parents didn’t know how to spell Derrick.

  8. lovefootball4life says: Dec 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    So much will happen between now and the draft and where he goes will largely be a result of how he performs through the vetting process and how much he has matured from getting the Tennessee boot.

    What a person with prior drug issues does with NFL-type money is completely in his control. Hope he doesn’t blow it (no pun intended).

  9. dalucks says: Dec 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    Talent outweighs trouble. Dez Bryant proves that theory correct. Even if you have to wait a year or two on the talent, it is still better than Kevin Walter, Chaz Schillens, Mike Thomas or any of the entire Raider, Seahawk, Viking or Charger wide receiver corp.
    Do not tell me about youth or potential, talent and performance wins in the NFL.
    Potential gets coaches and general managers fired while talent and performance wins championships.

  10. jamal1971 says: Dec 13, 2012 10:52 AM

    With the first pick in the NFL Draft,the Oakland Raiders select Da’rick Rogers of Tennessee Tech.

  11. tedmurph says: Dec 13, 2012 11:08 AM

    Teams tend to view smoking a little weed and immaturity much more favorably than criminal behavior. He’s second round talent.

  12. raiderufan says: Dec 13, 2012 11:57 AM

    I heard that the night he smoked that got him busted he actually went to the store and bought some cookies…but it doesn’t stop there. THEN the reckless jerk played PS3 all night…can you friggin imagine! Who wants such a problem child on a professional team?!

  13. dannygjay says: Dec 13, 2012 4:01 PM

    why not Denver or Seattle. legal

  14. dannygjay says: Dec 13, 2012 4:05 PM

    I will also add when all the great NFL players are in Washington and Colorado that other states may follow

  15. aaawall91 says: Dec 14, 2012 2:35 PM

    Even in those states NFL players still can’t smoke, Marijuana is a baned substance in the NFL since it is still illegal on a National level as a schedule-1 illegal substance.

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