Rodgers vs. Rest of Drafted Tight Ends

We stack up Richard Rodgers (and Colt Lyerla) athletically with the rest of the tight ends who were drafted last month.

Just where does Richard Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers' third-round pick, fit athletically with the rest of this year's class of tight ends?

Of the 10 tight ends that were drafted, Rodgers ranked:

— Ninth in the 40-yard dash (4.87 seconds), and his 10-yard split was the slowest.

— Tied for sixth in the vertical jump (31.5 inches).

— Tied for fifth in the broad jump (9 feet, 8 inches).

— Tenth in the bench press (16 reps at 225 pounds).

— Fifth in the three-cone drill (7.23 seconds).

Nonetheless, tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot thought Rodgers was fine athletically. After the draft, he said Rodgers had "decent quickness off the ball. He elaborated more during the first week of OTAs.

"Richard is pretty much the kid that I saw on tape," Fontenot said. "He's a technician. He's very good with his feet. He has got good speed for his size. He's playing at about 270 pounds right now. He's very limber, he's got good range of motion and he's strong at the point of attack in run blocking."

Here are the full results, with the figures coming from the official Scouting Combine data and NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas.

RndNamePickClubCollege40 (10)VJBJBP3-CN
1Ebron, Eric10DETNorth Carolina4.60 (1.63)32.010-0247.12
2Seferian-Jenkins, Austin38TBWashington4.56 (1.64)*37.5*10-6*207.07*
2Amaro, Jace49NYJTexas Tech4.74 (1.64)35.59-9287.42
2Niklas, Troy52ARZNotre Dame4.86 (1.69)**32.0**9-6**27**7.57**
3Fiedorowicz, C.J.65HSTIowa4.76 (1.64)31.59-7257.10
3Rodgers, Richard98GBCalifornia4.87 (1.75)31.59-8167.23
3Gillmore, Crockett99BLTColorado State4.89 (1.69)33.510-0187.42
5Lynch, Arthur155MIAGeorgia4.82 (1.67)29.59-8287.38
7Bolser, Ted217WASIndiana4.71 (1.65)31.09-3197.15
7Blanchflower, Rob230PITMassachusetts4.82 (1.72)**31.0**9-2**22**7.33**
FALyerla, ColtXXXGBOregon4.61 (1.61)39.010-8157.11**

* - Numbers, from NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas, on Seferian-Jenkins' personal workout with the Jets.

**-Numbers, from NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas, from workouts for scouts before the 2013 season, since Niklas and Branchflower were injured and did not go through pre-draft testing.

For what it's worth, Colt Lyerla would have ranked third in the 40 (with the fastest 10-yard split), first in the vertical jump, first in the broad jump, last in the bench press and third in the three-cone drill if he had been drafted.

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