Packers Select TE Richard Rodgers With Third Round Compensatory Pick

By Ryan Rodig |

Published 05/09 2014 10:42PM

Updated 05/09 2014 10:49PM

(WFRV-TV) - The Green Bay Packers drafted California tight end Richard Rodgers with its third round compensatory pick.  The Packers received the pick in compensation for losing WR Greg Jennings to free agency.

Below is's pre-draft biography on Rodgers:

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.872.751.6916 31 1/29'8"4.477.23
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.822.871.78- -09'04"4.637.31

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Lanky athlete who has proven the ability to manipulate his weight to fit his team's offensive scheme. Very good initial quickness for the position, demonstrating the ability to beat defenders upfield with his burst or to gain the advantage while blocking, including on cut-blocks.

Long arms and soft hands. Gathers in passes quickly and secures the football. Good agility and straight-line speed for the position. Good bloodlines. Father is Richard Rodgers, Sr., who is credited for making the call and one of five laterals on "The Play," the famous Cal kick return in 1982 to beat Stanford (and its band). Father now serves as the special teams coordinator for the Carolina Panthers.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks the bulk and strength to hold up as an in-line blocker in the NFL. A bit finesse in his play, relying more on his athleticism than physicality. Gets to the second level quickly but rather than latching on to control opponents, Richard extends his arms and stops his feet, allowing defenders to break free easily from his blocks.

Possesses the ability to make the incredible catch but will drop the occasional easy pass and struggles in traffic. Only asked to run relatively simple quick out and drag routes in Dykes' offense. Only started 11 of 37 games over his collegiate career.

COMPARES TO: Garrett Graham, Houston Texans - Like Graham, Rodgers' value to NFL lies in his sneaky athleticism and soft hands in a Joker or H-back role.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

Player Overview

Rodgers typically played at around 275 pounds in former head coach Jeff Tedford's pro-style offense, but showed his commitment to the team by dropping nearly 30 pounds in an effort to fit in as an oversized wide receiver in new coach Sonny Dykes' scheme in 2013.

Rodgers was under-utilized in Dykes' offense and offers intriguing upside. While he lacks experience and needs some development, Rodgers could surprise with his production in a Joker or H-back role after earning a mid- or late-round selection.

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