Rogers hoping NFL teams believe he's grown up

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2013 at 8:25 am •  Published: April 21, 2013
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Da'Rick Rogers tries not to look back at his college career with regret. The former Tennessee and Tennessee Tech receiver is too focused on his NFL future.

Rogers, a former all-Southeastern Conference selection at Tennessee, transferred to Tennessee Tech last year after the Volunteers suspended him indefinitely. Rogers said multiple failed drug tests caused his suspension. He now calls his exit from Tennessee "a wake-up call."

Rogers is one of four former Tennessee receivers likely to get drafted this week. Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter are potential first-round picks. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said Rogers has first-round talent but likely will get picked later due to off-field issues. Mayock considers Zach Rogers, no relation to Da'Rick, a "mid-round bargain for somebody."