It's Rogers!

It felt more like a coronation than a draft selection. Michigan State University wide receiver Charles Rogers felt like a king. Lions' insider Mike Fowler has all of the quotes from Rogers, Lions' GM Matt Millen and head coach Steve Mariucci, including pictures of Charles holding up his new jersey!

(ALLEN PARK) - It felt more like a coronation than a draft selection. Michigan State University wide receiver Charles Rogers felt like a king.

"Ah man, it was just a sigh of relief, said Rogers in a conference call from New York. I was happy, I was happy to be in Detroit, happy to be a Lion."

And then a bow to his Michigan State roots.

"I was happy to be with Bobby Williams, Sherm Lewis and [Steve] Mariucci and the whole organization. All the hard work in life just paid off. I'm an NFL player. I'm ready to get to work and work hard to turn things around in Detroit."

Lions president Matt Millen was just as excited as Rogers.

"Charles Rogers will be a Detroit Lion and we'll look forward to his ability to make some plays for us in a new place, in a new uniform at a new time. He's going to contribute a lot, we're looking forward to it and he's excited about it."

But no one appeared to be as excited as head coach Steve Mariucci.

"Our fans in Ford Field are excited, the people in Detroit are excited, East Lansing, Saginaw and Iron Mountain, Michigan everybody's excited in this state because of Charles Rogers being a Detroit Lions and we are happy how it all turned out."

Mariucci talked about how he will use the 6' 1", 215 wide out who runs a 4.23 40. "Right now our intention is to use him as the "Z" receiver in this west coast offense. The Z or the flanker position has been over time the position where you would put a Terrell Owens or a Jerry Rice or a Sterling Sharpe, the so-called feature receiver. It's going to require a lot of work a lot of learning and a lot of time because there's a lot to it. He's very willing and anxious to get going with that classroom work. It's a great day in Detroit land. It's a good start. This one was relatively easy. This was in some ways a slam dunk."

What about the trade rumors including an offer by the New England Patriots that was sweetened, as early as this morning to two firsts and a second rounder in exchange for the #2 overall pick?

"There were a lot of options this year, admitted Lions president Matt Millen. "We had a lot of calls between yesterday and this morning. And then when the heat was turned up, some people had 'selective amnesia' and others wanted to do something. But we chose what was the right and best thing for us to do as an organization where we at as a team and where we are as a young organization trying to build things."

Vice president of Lions properties and chief negotiator Tom Lewand said he expected to be able to conclude a deal with Rogers and his representative Kevin Poston and get the rookie in on time.

"We were able to take advantage of our nine minutes on the clock to have some pretty productive discussions [with Rogers representative Kevin Poston]," said Lewand. "I think Kevin Poston is a good representative who's going to do what's best for Charles Rogers. I know Charles wants to be here to get to work as coach Mariucci said to 'hit the ground running' and I know Kevin's going to work hard to get that done."


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