Rodgers talks about his third-round selection

May 9, 2014
California tight end Richard Rodgers was the Packers' pick at No. 98 overall.
California tight end Richard Rodgers was the Packers' pick at No. 98 overall. / Getty Images

The Packers missed out on the top tier of tight ends, but settled on California's Richard Rodgers in the third round with the 96th pick.

Here's what Rodgers had to say about being taken by the Packers:

On playing inside receiver in Calís offense last year:
ďI was basically playing inside receiver last year with the new coaching staff. I donít know, I just, I had to get my weight down Ė I played at 245 at inside receiver so I just did what I could to help the team basically at that position. Obviously thatís not a position that I played in the past so I just did what I could to help the team.Ē

Confidence as a blocker at your current weight?
ďIím very confident as a blocker at my current weight. I played my first two years under coach Tedford at 270 and Iím about 265, 262 right now, so Iím around the same weight I was when I was a tight end. So, Iím confident in my ability to block.Ē

Cal connection with teammate Aaron Rodgers:
ďI think itís going to be a great opportunity. I have not met Aaron Rodgers. I know one of my teammates Jordan Rigsbee is from Chico so I hear a lot of stories about Aaron and the time they spent together, so Iím sure it will be a great time and I just look forward to getting to learn a lot of things from Aaron.Ē

What weight and role do you think youíre best at?
ďI think my best weight is around 260, 265, and I can do pretty much whatever the team needs me to do. Whatever contributions I can make at whatever weight is what Iíll do. Thatís the good thing is that I can adapt, just like the new coaches came in and they asked me to lose weight or I wasnít going to play so thatís what I did. I lost the weight and I played in the offense. So, thatís all I can really do is whatever the coaches ask me to do is all I can do.Ē

Why declare early?
ďA lot of factors go into that Ė the coaching change, (inaudible), the system was just different from me coming from coach Tedfordís system, obviously a pro-style offense. It was just a lot of things to learn about playing tight end my first two years and my last year playing receiver it was very different and I really like playing tight end and I knew thatís where I was going to be playing at the next level if I got the opportunity so I wanted to move on and continue learning about playing tight end, all the little details of blocking and route running from the tight end position that I didnít get this past year because of the offensive switch.Ē

Interaction with the Packers at Scouting Combine or Pro Day:
ďNot that much. I had an interview with them at the Combine and I thought it went well and that was pretty much the extent of my contact besides them calling and asking for my number to make sure it was correct for draft day. That was pretty much it though. I was really excited when I got the call and Iím just excited to get there.Ē

You traveled a lot as a kid:
"I think itís a little bit different but I also think it helps you. My dad is a football coach, I get to move around, meet new people. Iím not staying in the same place all the time. Iíve obviously crossed paths with people that lived in the same place forever. I just think moving around really helps you out culturally and you learn about different groups of people and you learn about different cultures and whatís accepted in some places and not accepted in other places. That really helps you adapt to basically any situation that youíre in."

Did being a coach's son help you with your football IQ?
"I donít know if I have a higher football IQ. I just think that thatís based on how much study film and how much you love the game. I donít think your dad being a coach has anything to do with that; obviously, it contribute a little bit. I think my uncle being a coach and cousins playing and everybody in my family being an athlete pretty much, that really helps because it put me around the game more and it makes you want to study the game."

Throw the ball a lot as a kid?
"I threw the ball all the time. I played baseball growing up. All of my uncles played baseball and pretty much my momís side of the family was all baseball, so I grew up playing baseball and throwing the ball around. I always thought if I played football that Iíd play quarterback, but that never worked out.

On his father, Richard Sr, who was involved in "The Play" in 1982:
"When IĒm with him, itís just weird to me because itís my dad and I donít know how people feel about their dad but I could never see my dad play because heís old now. Itís not a bad old but heís old. Itís weird to see my dad actually play. The Pac-12 Network had a replay of the whole game so me and my teammates were watching it and looking to see how my dad would play and who we compared him to on our team and things like that. My dad likes to talk a lot about how they were more physical than us back in the day."

On finding balance as a tight end:
"I think a dangerous tight end in todayís game is one who can do everything. You see people that are very good at catching passes and running routes, and you see people that are really good blocking. But you donít see people that can do both. I think thatís what everyone is looking for is that person that can come in and do both for you. Obviously, if you can do one thing better than the other, you should play to your strength, but if you can come in and contribute in little ways and block really well and catch the ball really well."

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