Michigan State Football: 4 wide receivers overlooked in the NFL since 2000

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Charles Rogers, Michigan State football (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Getty Images) /

1. Charles Rogers

This one comes with a huge asterisk next to it, as nobody ever really questioned his talent, he was just never given a real opportunity.

Charles Rogers only played two seasons with the Spartans but is still the third leading receiver in total yards and the all-time leader in touchdown receptions. He was a freak athlete at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, and a type of receiver you only see once every few years.

In college, he was recognized as the best receiver in college football and as a unanimous All-American.

His professional career, however, isn’t such a positive story. After being drafted second overall to his hometown Detroit Lions, he started strong before breaking his clavicle in practice. Then, he broke it again in the first game of the next season. After a season highlighted by a substance abuse-related suspension in 2005, he would be released by the Lions and never really got another shot.

Lions GM Matt Millen later said that he regretted letting Rogers be away from the team for such an extended period of time after his first broken clavicle.

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