Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draft

AP

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.

15 responses to “Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draft

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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?!

  6. 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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