Height: 6'0" Weight: 182 lbs
Hands: 9 3/8" Arm Length: 30 1/2"40 Yard Dash: 4.49 Vertical Leap: 32"
BIOGRAPHY: Rogers grew up in Nashville, and was a touted NCAA prospect. He was selected to many awards list and was named his region's top scholar-athlete as well as being selected to the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Top 20 Prospects in Tennessee following his senior season in high school. At Tennessee, his playing time increased over his career, starting with three receptions his freshman year, 14 in his sophomore and junior seasons and then 32 receptions with 491 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. Rogers had to compete for playing time against the likes of Cordarelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers (before he transferred).
STRENGTHS: Rogers' biggest strength is his hands and his smarts. The former Vol has a solid release at the line and great awareness of the sidelines and defenders. He can make tough receptions look easy, even passes that force him to change direction or to extend out of his body range. Rogers has good short-area quickness and footwork that give him a deceptive quickness in the open field that allows him to make plays and gain some extra yardage after the catch. Rogers thrived in the slot and displays a willingness to cross the middle of the field and can hold onto the ball after contact.
WEAKNESSES: At just 182 pounds, Rogers will need to add some more weight for fear of lacking size to not be re-routed when jammed by receivers. In his routes, he can have some trouble with his footwork and the fluidity in his breaks, making it easier for defenders to take him out of the play. Rogers can be a solid slot player because of some of the concerns about his athleticism. Rogers will need to improve his blocking in the NFL.
CONCLUSION: The best way for Zach Rogers to make an NFL roster is as a slot receiver. The Jets have some talent at that spot already, between Jeremy Kerley and then last year's draftee Jordan White, so Rogers will have to demonstrate how he can help an offense, but more importantly how he can help on special teams. Rogers doesn't mind contact, but he needs to become more physical to play the slot in the NFL and to beat blockers on punts and kicks.
Rogers has great hands and has proven to be fearless in making receptions in the middle of the field ... that's not to be forgotten, but even for a roster that doesn't seem to have the same depth as other areas, Rogers is going to have to scratch and claw to make cutdowns. That said, should Rogers not make the active roster come fall, he would be a great candidate for the practice squad as a potential investment player for the Jets.