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.