Round | Team | Pos. | School | Name
DB (6-0, 196, 4.44)
Has adequate-to-good size. Is well-built, strong and powerful for a DC. Is physical and tough. Confidence has improved immensely. Is at his best when challenging WR's at the LOS. Has a solid press-technique. Shows good hand placement and footwork. Is fluid and has excellent body control. Shows the COD skills to mirror quicker WR's on double-move. Is very good in man-to-man coverage. Better than average ball skills. Is physical in coverage and in run support. Wasn't used much as a return man in college but he has very good potential in that role if given an opportunity in the NFL. Focus and recognition skills are inconsistent. Play was up-and-down throughout collegiate career. Has adequate-to-good speed but not elite speed. May struggle to recover if he makes mistakes against upper-echelon speed receivers in the NFL. Is much improved as a tackler but still needs to be more consistent. Thumb injuries cost him several games throughout his collegiate career. Rogers attended Hargrave Military Academy in 2000. He was named All-SEC Freshman team in 2001 after starting 10-of-12 games. He missed time in 2002 (four games) and 2003 (one game) because of thumb injuries but was a four-year starter at Auburn. His production dipped during his sophomore and junior seasons (2002-'03) but he made huge strides as a senior in 2004, when he started all 13 games and finished with 47 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes broken up. The biggest difference between Rogers from 2004 compared to 2003 was his improved confidence. He was asked to hold up in mostly man-to-man coverage and did a better job than ever anticipated. Rogers was giving a lot of cushion and playing "soft" as a junior because he feared giving up the big play. Now that he believes in his ability he challenges receivers a lot more aggressively and physically, which allows him to maximize his good combination of size and speed. Rogers still has room to improve and he lacks elite physical tools, but we still think he has the potential to develop into a solid starting cornerback in the NFL. As a result, Rogers is a late-first round draft prospect.
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