He was double-teamed a lot in 2001,and though he managed six sacks didn't show the game to game consistency he displayed in 2000. Rogers flashed big-time athleticism, along with an impressive burst around the edge to the QB. How well he'll operate in the pros will depend on his ability to play in reverse. His prior experience as a linebacker will help the situation, although ideally he'd be a perfect fit to operate at OLB in the old 3-4 scheme. Rogers actually carried a higher grade going into the 2001 season than what is the case right now, at least according to my ratings. While he was a force off the edge in a number of games during his career with the Rambling Wreck, Rogers has to adjust to working in space and dealing with coverage responsibilities.
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY
Positives: Fast and athletic for a defensive end. Appears to have the speed and athleticism to play outside linebacker. Looks like he can turn his hips well enough to play in coverage. Plays hard. Uses his hands well on the pass rush and can be an effective edge rusher with closing speed.
Negatives: Tweener size is a huge liability when he plays down. If he's used as a pure linebacker, his greatest strength, rushing the quarterback, is taken away. When he plays down, he can be engulfed by big tackles and buried on running plays. And if they lock on to him in pass protection, odds are he is finished. He also can be pushed wide of the pocket at times. Seemed to disappear for long stretches in some football games and was not a factor in quite a few 2001 games. Is not a sure wrap tackler and will come in out of control at times. Would be a major projection at linebacker, since you don't know about his instincts, coverage skills and feel for coverage.
Summary: While he would be an ideal CFL defensive end, Rogers could make an NFL team as an "elephant" type of rush end, a situational rusher or an outside linebacker. His best fit would be as a 3-4 rush linebacker.
TFY DRAFT PREVIEW
THE GOOD: Relentless prospect best suited for a three-four defense. Breaks down well, plays with leverage and deceptively strong. Effectively uses his hands to get off blocks, stays on his feet and forceful moving up the field. Quick and fluid changing direction, smooth getting out to the flanks and quick in all aspects of his game. Works hard and constantly going full steam.
THE BAD: Lacks body control, balance and the pure speed for outside linebacker. Not used in pass coverage much and has difficulty playing in space.
THE SKINNY: Should make the transition to strong side linebacker and at the very least a situational pass rusher. Mid Sixth Round.
THE BAD: Some quickness getting straight ahead to block on the second level but overall does not move well in space, lacks body adjustment and limited to confined quarters.
THE SKINNY: Could be very productive at the next level for a team that showcases a power running game as the focal point of their offense. Not be the prettiest but very effective at what he does. Late Fifth Round.
Nick Rogers Analysis
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