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Draft Thread - 4/21/02

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7th round selection - OT Victor Rogers

Victor Rogers

SELECTED BY DETROIT , ROUND 7, PICK 48, OVERALL PICK 259

OT | (6-5, 330, 5.52) | COLORADO

By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school All-American who was regarded as the top two-way lineman in the state of Washington by some recruiting services. Redshirted in 1997. Started five of the first seven games in '98 before knee and ankle problems limited him. Started Games 1-4, 11 and 12 in '99 and missed games 5-10 with a dislocated patella (kneecap) suffered vs. Washington in '99. Ten-game starter in 2000. Started every game in '01 and was never penalized all season. Won first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches and was a second-team pick by the Associated Press. Had seven surgeries on his ankle, knee and shoulder in a 16-month period in '98 and '99.

Positives: Great size. Huge and massive. Can line up on either the left or right side since team will flip-flop linemen. Above-average-to-good athlete for one so large. Knows how to use his size, arms and hands. Understands position and blocking angles. Has a strong hand punch and can jar the defender. Has become a much more physical, aggressive and confident player. Can come off the ball and physically dominate when he bends his knees and rolls his hips. Has above-average feet and can slide laterally. Really came on in '01.

Negatives: Has a long history of injury and had a number of surgeries to his knee, ankle and shoulder. Generally likes to engulf the defender with his size as opposed to bending his knees and playing lower with leverage. Will struggle with a good, quick edge rusher at times. Was not known for his intensity, focus or work ethic before '01 and was known as a soft, injury-prone player and still is not a killer or great finisher.

Summary: Really came on in 2001, but his past injury and background make it hard to take him in the first round. However, he will be a solid first-day pick if he gets full medical clearance.

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"Hard to take him in the first round..." Hell you can't go wrong with taking him in the 7th can you? Again an injury prone pick - but again the talent is reportedly there. This guy is not healthy though but if he loses enough weight the knee and ankle injuries may subside. still a definite project with decent upside.

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I think the thing I liked best about Victors bio was that he made NO penalties last year.How many times have we wanted to throw something at the set when an offensive lineman false started or drew a holding penalty?

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Rogers entered the year with a first round grade, but the injury factor cost him. Lasting until the 7th might also motivate him, he has the size and ability. He might have the health now.

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The Lions signed Josh Thornhill as a free agent. A little birdie had whispered that one in my ear on draft day (see previous post).

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