Rogers has ideal size (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) and speed (4.44 40 time), but comes with significant baggage. He was kicked out of Tennesseee after failing multiple drug tests. He played last season at Tennessee Tech, where he had 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"Tremendous talent. He has great body control and a
lot of strength in his body and really strong hands," Bills director of college scouting Chuck Cook said last week at the team's pre-draft luncheon. "We've been tracking him
and doing our due diligence with his intangibles."
Rogers was a second-team All-SEC selection with the volunteers in 2011 when he had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. ESPN ranked Rogers as the best available undrafted free agent receiver.
J.C. Tretter saw the ‘920’ Wisconsin area code pop up on his
phone and figured the moment had arrived.
The Green Bay Packers were calling this afternoon to
inform Tretter they were drafting him into the NFL, using the 122nd
overall selection in the fourth round.
"It was wild," Tretter said. "I talked to a bunch of people
in the organization, and it started to well up inside me. I think back to all
those times doing all the hard work and putting everything you can into and
knowing what you've dreamed of is finally coming true, I'm just extremely
excited about it."
Tretter didn’t have the Packers on his radar coming into the
draft. He had met with them informally at the combine, but didn’t make a
pre-draft visit or work out for them.
The Buffalo Bills have a matching set of kicking specialists
after drafting Florida
State kicker Dustin
Hopkins with their sixth-round pick.
Bills punter Shawn Powell was Hopkins'
holder at Florida
State. Long snapper
Garrison Sanborn is a former Seminole.
addition doesn't bode well for incumbent kicker Rian Lindell, who former head
coach Chan Gailey didn't feel comfortable with on field-goal attempts over 50 yards. Lindell is the Bills' longest-tenured player.
Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.