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Richard Rodgers, who had his tight end position virtually eliminated from Cal's offense last fall, was taken by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the NFL draft with the 98th overall pick on Friday.

Rodgers was moved to slot receiver, then briefly to short-yardage power back, but rarely lined up at tight end in coach Sonny Dykes' fast-pace, no-huddle "Bear Raid" offense.

After making 39 receptions for 608 yards last season, the 6-foot-4, 257-pounder should be far more comfortable catching passes from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the former Cal star.

Rodgers was the third Bay Area player chosen Friday and the first from Cal, which avoided being shut out in the first three rounds for the first time since 2006.

After leaving school a year early to enter the NFL, Rodgers was picked a couple rounds earlier than most draft experts anticipated.

His father, Richard Rodgers, is remembered for being a participant for Cal in the The Play in the 1982 Big Game. The older Rodgers now is a special teams coach for the Carolina Panthers.

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