Photo of Darreus Rogers
Grade
5.22 ?
  • 8 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.22 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 216LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Rogers was a high school All-American from the Los Angeles area (64-1,251, 10 TD as a senior) that stayed home to play for the Trojans. He grayshirted in 2012, enrolling at USC in the spring of 2013 to participate in practices (though he missed time with shoulder and hamstring injuries). Rogers played in 11 games as a freshman (missing three with a right ankle injury), catching 22 passes for 257 yards. He played in 13 games, starting three (21-245, four TDs) in 2014 and then took a stronger role as a junior (11 starts, 28-289, three TDs) while again missing games with a hamstring injury. Rogers finally stayed healthy throughout his senior season, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice after finishing second on the team with 56 catches for 696 yards and four scores.

Analysis

Strengths

Has some early quickness in his release up the field against press coverage. Keeps cornerbacks at bay with sly hand usage and doesn't allow cornerbacks to crowd his frame. Puts smaller defenders in his hip pocket once he gets over the top of them. Ball skills are his biggest weapon. Uses well-timed leaps, and strong hands to climb over defenders and win the high-point throws. Plays with excellent body control and balance in mid-air. Snatches passes with good arm extension with soft, reliable hands. Excels with contested catches. Competitive runner after the catch with shake to elude first tacklers and a stiff-arm at his disposal.

Weaknesses

Looks slow on tape. Had very limited number of explosive catches. Doesn't have much experience with the complete route tree. His sell jobs on route fakes is unconvincing. Routes lack leverage and the illusion of intent. Too eager to default to contested catches rather than work to create separation. Can improve route adjustments against zone including finding safer areas to sink into for his quarterback. Will drop would-be catches downfield once he hits the ground. Has size to lock in as a blocker, but doesn't maintain positioning.

Sources Tell Us

"I see some of the good things he does, but it almost doesn't even matter to me because I know our coaches are going to want him off the board as soon as they see his 40 time. I don't know if he'll break a 4.65." - NFC West Coast regional scout

Bottom Line

Rogers is one part vertical receiver with great ball skills and no deep speed and one part possession receiver with below average route-running but very good hand-eye coordination. His size will work in his favor, but his lack of functional play speed could make the back end of a roster his final destination.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.