What Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about RICHARD RODGERS leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft: California, 6040, 257, 4.87. Started 11 games over his career and played in 35 out of 37 games. Was a tight end in the new Cal “Bear Raid” offense where his role was limited because of the four wide receiver sets. He transitioned to a slot pass catcher but was most effective on the line of scrimmage. Body caught the ball in traffic and demonstrated good ball security. Can catch the ball in his hands when beating wide open zone coverage. Good concentration. Screen and position type blocker. Not asked to inline block often. He needs work on his base and strength to neutralize a defensive end. 2013 stats: 39-608, 15.6 ypr, 1 TD. OSR:16/18. Sixth/seventh round. (A-32 5/8, H-10 1/8, BP-16, VJ-31.5).
From the 2014 Ourlads’ Review: Rodgers has displayed consistent and reliable hands making circus type catches in camp. A smooth route runner, he was drafted to upgrade the production at the tight end position. With Jermichael Finley still unsigned, Rodgers has inconsistent Andrew Quarless and journeyman H-back Ryan Taylor to beat out for playing time in the Packers’ multi tight end sub packages. He must now prove that he can carry over what he learned in the spring OTAs to fall camp. The Packers like his work and route running in space, but his inline work can’t be evaluated until training camp.