Bio: Four-year starter named as an All- American and handed the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back last season. Posted 47/2/10. Burst onto the scene as a true freshman with 58 tackles and a team-leading 12 pass breakups.
Positives: Nice-sized cornerback coming off an outstanding senior campaign. Quick backpedaling off the line, fluid transitioning to run with opponents then immediately gets his head back around to locate the ball. Positions himself nicely against receivers to make a play, stays with opponents out from their breaks and displays a sense of where the ball is. Possesses a burst of closing and recovery speed, gets vertical, then adjusts in midair to defend the throw. Works well with safeties, displays a sense of timing and anticipation as well as outstanding ball skills. Comes up the field to support the run or helps out defending screens.
Negatives: Tends to come out of his backpedal rather quickly when placed in man coverage. Supports against the run yet not strong at the point of attack and has difficulty bringing ball handlers down on initial contact. Bites on double moves and at times plays catch-up, letting receivers pass him.
Analysis: Finally meeting expectations and getting his game back to the place it was after his freshman campaign, Rogers made a major leap up draft boards last season and is now positioned in the middle of round one. Best suited for a system where he is backed off the line of scrimmage and facing the quarterback, he also possesses the abilities to develop into a fine press-corner. Offers a large degree of upside but must continue to build upon the momentum he started last season.
Fit With Redskins: He fills an obvious need for the Redskins after the departure of Fred Smoot. Walt Harris may get the courtesy of being inserted as the starter through mini camp and at the start of training camp, but when the season opener rolls around in September, expect to see Rogers lined up at corner.
Skins First Draft Pick: Carlos Rogers
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