Richard Rodgers, TE/WR, California


Packers, Round 3. Was a junior. My fourth-best tight end in the draft goes to the team with more offensive weapons than just about anyone. But he’ll probably be able to step in and be a heavy contributor right away. And, as with any skill-position player on the Packers, you can expect big numbers when they’re in there. But the team has a lot of tight-end talent on the team, and don’t count out Ryan Taylor or Andrew Quarless (or Jermichael Finley coming back from injury).

Positives: Adequate height for the position, with above-average bulk. Great hand size. Above-average concentration in traffic. Above-average hands and can extend for passes away from his frame. Above-average body control, and adjusts to off-target passes fairly well. Not easy to bring down. Fairly nimble feet, and can get yards after the catch. Protects the ball through traffic. Changes directions well, and runs pretty good crisp routes. Gets upfield quickly after the catch. Adequate track speed for the position and size.

Negatives: Below-average speed. Fairly weak upper body.

Projection: He’s draftable in the second round of dynasty rookie drafts, and expect him to be a TE2 with TE1 potential.

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