The NFL Draft is tonight, and we're breaking down the Detroit Lions' potential thought process as it relates to selections in a four round mock. Today, we're projecting who the team might select in the fourth round of our final mock draft.
With their first three picks in our 2013 mock draft, the Detroit Lions were able to address major needs on defense and within each line. In the fourth round, the team finds another catch at the deeper draft position of wide receiver, getting some long awaited help for Calvin Johnson.
Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers is high on talent, but unfortunately, during his Tennessee career prior to transferring, he was also high on other more illegal substances. Booted from the Volunteer team due to multiple failed drug tests, Rogers transferred and continued to make a name for himself with fantastic catches as a member of the Golden Eagles.
Due to issues, Lions' fans will assume Rogers is Titus Youg 2.0. By the fourth round, though, Rogers has already been falling due to his problems and becomes a value pick at 132. His combine performance, which saw him place in the top five of many events, should help, but the questions will cause him to slip a round or two further than he should. Other than his selfish drug use, there's also no evidence that Rogers was a bad teammate like Young was, getting into fights with his own players and taking plays off. There's a big difference between hurting yourself with personal stupidity and hurting everyone else around you.
With his solid frame, Rogers can develop into the ideal complement for Johnson. While "Megatron" is busy stretching the field, Rogers can be working the middle and other sideline with his quickness and explosive ability. In the red zone and especially the corner of the end zone, Rogers is an excellent target with his soft hands. Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson can play the possession role, while Rogers gets loose deep with Johnson. A 4.5 40 yard dash is fast enough for that, especially for a guy who's around 6-3 and 217 pounds. Besides, it finally sounds like Rogers has woken up, too.
Rogers has the size, speed and hands to be successful in Detroit, and Martin Mayhew is never shy about taking the best player on his board. If Johnson and Matthew Stafford can get through to Rogers better than they did Young if they have to, the Lions will have a fantastic piece on their hands for years. Besides, if the team is worried about Rogers, they can always draft another wide receiver in later rounds, but I'm betting that move will be made out of luxury and not necessity.
This life experience has already changed Rogers to the point where he becomes the Lions' next great wide out, especially when the team is lucky enough to quietly nab him in round four.
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