by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
November 2004
Carlos Rogers   CB   Auburn

Carlos plays his position with good athletic talent, techniques and brains. He has excellent speed and burst to recover, along with an excellent hip flip to be a shutdown cover corner in the NFL. He has the size that is needed and nice long arms to go along with that size. I think Carlos’ style of play translates itself very well to the NFL.

Needs to Improve

You would like to see Carlos add a little weight and strength to his body without it affecting his speed or quickness. It would help him in supporting the run better.

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Carlos uses a technique when tackling a WR that I call the ‘drag down’ technique. I do not have a problem with this because a CB’s job is to cover and then tackle. How he does that is really not important, as long as he does it. It is a smart way for Carlos to tackle because it keeps him away from injury. Most of the scouts will downgrade Carlos because of this one issue and because they may think that Carlos is not tough enough. Let me tell you… this Carlos is tough, but he isn’t stupid. He understands his strengths and limitations. He knows that if he meets too many players head on, he might lose, so he takes an angle and drags them down and stays in the game so that he can continue to shutdown the opponent’s best WR. Carlos is not an LB or a SS or even a FS. He is a CB with shutdown talent and a sure tackler and has the brains to be a leader and core player for the team that drafts him. What more do you want?