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Richard Rodgers reportedly to declare for the NFL draft

He will not return to Berkeley, having already hired an agent, according to a report.


It was rumored to be true a while ago, but it is now confirmed, at least according to Tony Pauline:

Rodgers is a big loss, as he provided something no other Cal receiver does: a unique combination of size and strength.Still, he is not irreplaceable.

The returning group of wideouts -- Harper, Powe, Lawler, Treggs, Davis, and more -- is still extremely deep and talented even without him. This move will likely cause some mixing and matching while the team settles on new starters at Y and H, but nothing too dramatic beyond that. [I have long thought Chris Harper to be more effective there than at outside, so that's my vote.]

At 6'4, 245 pounds, Rodgers will definitely be drafted somewhere -- tight ends with his dimensions and athleticism have been all the rage -- but I, and I'm sure many of you, feel that he could have boosted his draft stock dramatically with another strong season at the college level. In his first year in the new Bear Raid offense, Rodgers hauled in a solid 39 passes for 608 yards, yet was not always a factor, providing tantalizing glimpses at his capabilities, but never fully exercising them. Another year could have showcased his talents even better.

Regardless, we wish Richard the best in his future endeavors. May he continue the strong legacy of Cal alums excelling at the next level.