2013 NFL Draft: No Stone Unturned - WR Eric Rogers

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If you think that the Panthers focus on first and second round receivers has stopped them from scouting the diamonds in the undrafted free agent rough, then you need to think again. You can be sure that every other team is determined to find the next Victor Cruz, including the Panthers, who showed up at Cal Lutheran's pro day on March 11 to take an extended look at their former star wide receiver, Eric Rogers.

Some of you will remember that I wrote an article on a prospect by the name of Rico Wallace out of tiny Division III Shenandoah University a few weeks before the draft last year. As it turns out, the Panthers actually signed him shortly after the 2012 draft, but as expected, he didn't make it out of training camp. Honestly, I wasn't surprised by that outcome simply because of how difficult it is to make the jump to the NFL from such a low level of competition. This year it is Eric Rogers who will be attempting to make that ambitious leap, and only time will tell whether or not he has what it takes to succeed at the next level. In the meantime, let's take a quick look at his stats and what I gleaned from watching him on film.

WR Eric Rogers

Height Weight Forty 3 Cone Bench Vertical Broad Jump
6' 3" 206 lbs 4.50 6.89 9 37 10' 1"

Receptions Yards Yrds/Rec Touchdowns
Freshman 25 398 15.9 5
Sophomore 62 817 13.2 9
Junior 42 948 22.6 9
Senior 91 1,298 14.3 18

Strengths

- Willing and able blocker

- Excels at making catches in traffic

- High points the ball extremely well

- Outstanding Red Zone threat

- Large catch radius

Weaknesses

- Suspect route runner

- Lacks top end speed

- Questionable strength

One look at Rogers strengths, and it's easy to become intrigued with his ability to make plays in the end zone, which just so happens to be one of the Panthers biggest deficiencies. However, he won't last very long in the NFL if he is unable to quickly learn how to turn his moments of careless route running into a strength. Now it's your turn. What do you think of Rogers? Be sure to vote and let me know if you see anything on tape that I may have left out.


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