.NET Draft Spotlight: Carlos Rogers

.NET's Scott Eklund continues his look at the cornerback position and the players that may be available when the Seahawks' selection comes up in the NFL Draft. Up today is Auburn CB Carlos Rogers.

3. Carlos Rogers, CB Auburn
6'1", 195 4.44 (40 Time)

NFL Comparison- Ken Lucas, Carolina

Overview-

Four-year starter who has grown more confident as he has gained experience. As a freshman he earned All-SEC freshman honors in 2001, but regressed as a sophomore and junior due to two thumb injuries and a lack of confidence. As a senior he completely turned his game around, succeeding in either man-to-man or zone defenses. He is a superb athlete who has really only tapped part of his amazing potential. He is big, physical and very tough. One worth keeping an eye on as the draft draws nearer.

Against the pass-

Rogers has faced top notch competition every week for the last four years and he has held up well. As a junior he played too soft and gave to big of a cushion, not wanting to get beaten deep. As a senior though, he tightened up and forced the action against the opposition's best wideout. With is size, he can matchup against taller receivers and with his speed he can mask any mistakes he makes. His athleticism allows him to go up and get balls at their highest point and he shows great burst in and out of his breaks. Needs to work on his route-recognition skills, but that should come with time and study. Still needs to work on his jam as well, but he has all the tools to be a Pro Bowler if he wants it bad enough.

Against the run-

His size and toughness make him one of the best at his position in this category. He is almost like having a safety in run support. He fills very hard and makes the ball carrier pay when he hits him. Rogers is definitely an asset when stopping the run.

Roster impact on Seattle-

Rogers, like Rolle and Jones ahead of him, would be a welcomed addition to the Hawk lineup. Even if he ended up being the nickel corner as a rookie, his value as a return man would by far make him one of the most valuable players on the team. He would be a difference-maker in the return game and be one of the better third corners in the league based on talent alone.

Draft Projection-

Top 10 talent, but will likely fall into the 15-20 range. His abilities alone put him in the class of Rolle and Jones, but his inconsistency until his senior season dropped him down a notch below those two. Kansas City, Arizona, Washington and Detroit are all in the market for corners and they will be Rogers' likely suitors. If not those four, then the next teams that will give him a long look are New Orleans at 16 and Jacksonville at 21.

Final Analysis-

Rogers' stock really soared after his Pro Day workout at Auburn and he has done nothing to diminish the buzz surrounding his name. With above-average speed and height he is a coveted player and with his return abilities he is clearly the third best corner available in the draft. His potential is unlimited and he will be a steal for the team that takes him, if he last into the latter part of round one.

.NET Reporter Scott Eklund writes for Seahawks.NET every week. Feel free to contact him at sctthawk@yahoo.com.


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