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CHARLES ROGERS
Charles Rogers - WR Position: WR
Class: Underclassman
School: Michigan St.
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'2½, 202
40 Time: 4.43
Grade: 4.8

Selected by Detroit Lions
Round 1, pick 2 (2 overall)
BIO: Junior entry who set multiple league and school records the past two seasons. Caught 68 passes for 1,351 yards and 13 TDs last season and named both an All- Conference and All-American selection. Recipient of the 2002 Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to college football's top receiver. Sophomore totals were 57-1,200-12 as a receiver, also averaging 8.8 yards on 18 punt returns, brining one back for a score and earning second team All Big 10 honors. Set the NCAA record for consecutive regular season games with a touchdown reception and leaves Michigan State as the all-time leader in touchdown receptions (27), and 100-yard receiving games (12). Signed on with Michigan State in 2000 but academically ineligible as a true freshman.

POSITIVES: Big, strong receiver who impacts the game as both a game controlling or game breaking wide out. Constantly doubled by opponents yet goes up in a crowd, adjusts to the errant throw and snags the ball out of the air away from defenders. Easily out muscles or out positions opponents, looks the ball in and makes the difficult catch with defenders draped all over him. Fast, beats defenders down the field and has the ""get up and go"" speed which enables him to run to the deep throw. Effective running after the catch picking up a lot of yardage either breaking tackles or running away from opponents. Intimidating and has defenders playing back on their heels.

NEGATIVES: Not a good route runner; choppy in and out of his breaks, does not stay low on exit and 10ds to round off routes. Lacks the quick release off the line as well as focus and concentration. Makes the seemingly impossible catch on one play yet falls asleep on the next snap and lets easy passes slip through his hands which will break your heart.

ANALYSIS: At the top of his game an unstoppable force effective over the middle, down the field and in the red zone. Makes a lot of big and important plays and was productive last season even as the program around him was crumbling. Has a star's mentality and plays to it. Needs to focus a bit more and concentrate on the finer details of his position but should be very productive right out of the gate.

PROJECTION: Early First Round


Photo: Danny Moloshok/Getty Images

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
68 1351 19.87 13

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
74 6 12.33 0

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