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04/30/13 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...WR Da’Rick Rogers - 6’3” 217 - Tennessee Tech...A polished receiver, Rogers has 4.5 speed and posted a 39 1/2-inch vertical leap and 11-foot broad jump at the Combine. Led the SEC in receiving at Tennessee with 1,040 yards, before off the field issues got him kicked off the Volunteers squad. Finished his career at Tennessee Tech. “He’s got it all. His body type is a lot like Eric Moulds. It’s all there,” Roth said. “The off the field stuff that happened is why he was undrafted. Out of him, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s the most NFL ready in my opinion in terms of route running, balls skills and everything. He can come in and he won’t be behind in terms of coaching and all that stuff.” - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com
04/29/13 - Da'Rick Rogers was the 12th-ranked wide receiver and No. 95 player in the draft. That was based on his talent and potential, according to NFLDraftScout.com. But 254 picks, the entire expanse of the 2013 draft, were made without Rogers being selected. It was a kick in the chin for Rogers, 21, who is still paying for missteps that raised character red flags.
In August, Rogers was the 47th-ranked prospect potentially available for the '13 draft. He plummeted when Tennessee kicked him out of the program before the start of the season for repeated failed drug tests. Rogers was forthright at the Scouting Combine about marijuana use and the Knoxville bar fight that led to his arrest. His time at Tennessee Tech -- one season, 10 touchdowns and a 303-yard game at Southeast Missouri -- had little value for NFL scouts who don't question his rare ability. The Buffalo Bills offer a potential perfect situation for Rogers to rehab his reputation and earn a second contract in the NFL before his 24th birthday.
The franchise has a history of resurrecting overlooked or bypassed talent. No. 1 receiver Stevie Johnson was a seventh-round pick, and starting running back Fred Jackson went undrafted. Until March, Ryan Fitzpatrick (seventh round, 2005) was Buffalo's starting quarterback. Rogers can find redemption with the Bills, but first he has to prove he's ready to act the part of a professional. At 6-3, 217 with 4.5 speed and a 39-inch vertical, he looks the part. Will he act the part, too? - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 2. WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (6-3, 217, 4.52)...Once considered a first-round prospect, Rogers led the SEC in catches in 2011 at Tennessee but was dismissed from the program before the 2012 season due to multiple failed drug tests and issues with the coaching staff. He wound up at Tennessee Tech, was productive at the FCS level in 2012 and kept his nose clean, but the damage was already done. Considered a first-round talent by some, the talent wasn't enough to overlook the maturity concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/24/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: Wide Receiver: Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech, 6-3, 217, 4.50...In terms of physical talent, Rogers might just be the best wide receiver in this draft class. The number of mishaps he had at Tennessee which led to his abrupt dismissal by then-head coach Derek Dooley and Rogers' transfer to Tennessee Tech is the reason he'll slide on draft day. Boasting a superb combination of size, athleticism and toughness, Rogers can be a Pro Bowler if he is committed to the game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/28/13 - 2013 Tennessee Pro Day: All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Wednesday’s pro day at the University of Tennessee, where wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray were the big attractions. Da’Rick Rogers, a 6-2 5/8-inch, 219-pound wide receiver who went to Tennessee, then transferred to Tenn Tech, did 38 in the vertical, kept the rest of his numbers from the combine, and caught the ball well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com