For those who don’t know him, allow me to introduce Mr. Da’Rick Rogers, a seemingly unknown receiver who has a ton of potential. Rogers is one of those guys who we read about all too often. You know, that 5 star recruit coming out of high school who commits to a school only to waffle and ultimately ign elsewhere. A guy who performs great on the field, but has all sorts of off the field problems. A guy who is too risky for a team to draft despite performing incredibly well at the NFL Combine. A guy that is too risky for an NFL team to sign. That, my friends, is Mr. Da’Rick Rogers.
Rogers was that 5 star recruit out of Atlanta, Georgia. He put up unbelievable numbers in high school, setting state records and going to state championship games. He ended up as the #2 wide receiver recruit in the country in 2010, and the #9 overall recruit in the nation. After committing to Georgia, Rogers changed his mind and ended up at Tennessee. The word “immature” was added to his profile early on when he engaged in a Twitter war with a Georgia Bulldogs player. Rogers career at Tennessee started out very good. After putting up decent numbers as a freshman, Rogers exploded in his sophomore campaign catching 67 passes for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns. Rogers was a 1st team All-SEC selection as a sophomore. Before the beginning of his junior season, it was announced that Rogers had been suspended from Tennessee for undisclosed reasons. Rogers later announced that he failed 3 drug tests. Rogers was dismissed from the team and transferred to Tennessee Tech where he spent 1 season. It is also reported that he passed 10 drug tests. Rogers declared for the NFL draft after his junior year.
Despite a very good performance at the NFL combine (perhaps the best overall performance for a wide receiver), he went un-drafted during the 2013 draft. Teams were just afraid of his off-the-field issues. He did sign as an un-drafted rookie with the Buffalo Bills, but was released prior to the season. And now, he finally gets his NFL chance with the Indianapolis Colts.
Rogers has all the skills, and you can be sure that the Colts will surround him with players who will provide a positive influence. Is there a better mentor than Reggie Wayne? At 6’3″, 206 pounds, he will be a big presence down the field.
I really hope Rogers gets a true shot. If he does opposing teams should beware. Rogers could be a diamond in the rough.