Football: Rodgers latest to enter NFL draft

A year ago, then-Cal coach Jeff Tedford predicted Richard Rodgers could become the best tight end in college football.

It didn’t happen, but Rodgers has decided to enter the 2014 NFL draft, the Cal football office confirmed.

The news was first reported Thursday by DraftInsider.com. According to Tony Pauline, publisher of the website, Rodgers received some second-round grades from the NFL and earned some comparisons to Antonio Gates.

Coach Sonny Dykes said last week that Rodgers was among five Cal players who sought draft reports from the NFL.

A 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior — the son of Richard Rodgers, who was part of The Play in the 1982 Big Game — Rodgers caught 39 passes for 608 yards in Dykes’ offense this season.

A year ago, under Tedford, he struggled with a hand injury and caught 20 passes.

According to sources outside the Cal football office, Rodgers already has signed with an agent.

Cal also confirmed that cornerback Kam Jackson, who announced earlier in the week he intends to enter the draft, has told the coaching staff that’s his plan.

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  • 707 Bear

    39 catches, 1 TD in 2013….seems like a good move for him….good luck.

    Starting 4 WR’s in 2014: Lawler, Powe, Treggs, Harper (strength of the team?)

    Another Cameron Morrah? who is out of the NFL, I think.

  • Larry

    Rodgers I can see going to the NFL. Dykes offense basically eliminated the TE position.
    Jackson was a surprise and IMO should stay another year. Same with Lowe, Bigalow, & the other guy whom may want to leave early to the NFL.

  • Larry

    Forty was the other guy.

  • stay golden

    I’m sad to see Rodgers go. He had the potential to be a really good TE here at Cal and showed how committed he was by losing all that weight to better suit the current offensive system. In the end he was a underutilized talent that has a good chance to making it in the NFL.