You’ve done your research and now it’s over. The players have been drafted, signed and now it’s time to reflect on whether the choices were good or not. The big thing is: NOBODY KNOWS YET. I don’t know, you don’t know, the NFL media doesn’t know and the teams don’t know. Now it doesn’t mean that there aren’t good and bad feelings relating to the draft picks, but nobody knows until these players step on the field. Some will flop and others will excel. Some will be changing their career choice in September while others will be stepping on the Football field as starters and contributors to their team. Early draft picks will be expected to pitch in right away, late draft picks will be asked to contribute to special teams while undrafted free agents will be trying to get noticed. The hill is a lot higher to climb when you’re an undrafted free agent, however, when 13 teams contact you, even though the hill be high, there may be some leverage in order to help you up that hill.
Such is the case with Da’Rick Rogers from Tennesse Tech. This is a low risk high reward play for the Bills because Rogers has the talent to be better than their 2nd round pick Robert Woods, but has the off-field discipline of PacMan Jones. In 2011/2012 Rogers failed multiple drug tests when he was with the Tennessee Volunteers and was suspended indefinitely. So he transferred to Tennessee Tech and entered the draft a year earlier than anticipated.
Despite his off-field issues, he had a remarkable run when he was a Volunteer. He was an All-SEC selection as a sophomore catching a conference high 67 passes for 1,040 yards and 9 TDs. He is 6’3″, 217lbs and has been compared to the Eric Moulds body type when it comes to receivers. Speed and Size a great combination at wideout. The Bills are extremely young at receiver, but if Rogers pans out and Woods pans out, the Bills have their relief valve for Stevie Johnson. The hill will be tough for Rogers, but Marques Colston was a 7th round draft pick for the Saints and Johnson was also a 7th round pick. So not all elite players in the NFL come in the 1st round. Here’s hoping.
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