Da’Rick Rogers, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Tech
Weight: 217 pounds
40 Yard Dash: 4.52
Vertical Jump: 39.5″
Broad Jump: 132″
Career Rushing/Receiving Stats
When talking about the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class, you have to include Tennessee Tech’s Da’Rick Rogers in the discussion. Rogers was originally a star at the University of Tennessee, and was projected to be one of the top receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft, but was dismissed due to repeated violations of team rules, and ended up transferring to the FCS level preserve his immediate eligibility.
As a Tenseness Volunteer, he lead the SEC with 1,040 receiving yards in 2011. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six games, one short of a Tennessee record, and earned First Team All-SEC honors by the media and league coaches, and was projected as a sure-fire first-round draft pick.
After being dismissed and transferring, Rogers played in all 11 games for Tennessee Tech in 2012, leading the team with 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.
When asked to explain his dismissal from the Vols, Rogers owned up to his mistakes:
It’s simple, immaturity. I had to take full responsibility, look in the mirror at who I was and what I was doing wrong. I did those things when I went to Tennessee Tech and it humbled me a lot. I’m still working on those things. It’s a work in progress. I play with an edge, and I had to learn to control that edge off the field also. I had to learn how to fix my flaws, and life got easier.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Rogers turned in one of the best receiver performances. He ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, which is fine for his 6’2″ 220lb frame, while also finishing in the Top-5 in the 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump.