Round 6: Darreus Rogers, WR, Sourthern California (6-foot-3, 245 pounds)
The Colts have excellent talent at the top of their receiving core. However, they could use an extra body to add some depth and quality to it.
Rogers has the size to be an NFL receiver but did not have the production the in college. He only had 1,487 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 127 receptions in his four year career at USC.
His best season in college was his final year. He had 56 receptions for 696 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He developed into a solid No. 2 receiver to complement JuJu Smith-Schuster.
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In the sixth round, teams are taking risks on players. Rogers is certainly a risk because of the lack of the production. He is also not very fast so it seems very like he would be best utilized as a possession receiver.
The good news that playing style caters to his greatest strength: his hands. He does an excellent job at catching the ball at its highest point. On numerous occasions, he plucks the ball out of the air and quickly secures it. That could be useful in the Colts’ offense.
Obviously, Rogers is probably not going to be better than T.Y. Hilton or Donte Moncrief. However, there is an opening after those two. Phillip Dorsett has been a bust, while undrafted rookie Chester Rogers played well in 2016 but there is no guarantee he can do that again.
Although it may be a long shot, Rogers does have the hands and size to be decent NFL receiver one day.
That is all the draft picks the Colts have in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, they could accumulate more over the next weeks via trade(s). Also, free agency is underway so that could drastically change their strategy too.
Regardless, the Colts’ draft strategy needs to focus on the defensive side of the ball. They do not have any young stars to build around on defense. They should try to find one or two in this draft.