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2017 NFL Draft Round 6 #206: Rams select Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech

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  • 2017 NFL Draft Round 6 #206: Rams select Sam Rogers, FB, Virginia Tech


    4.93 SEC
    19 REPS
    32.0 INCH
    114.0 INCH
    7.27 SEC
    4.34 SEC
    11.84 SEC

    30 1/4"
    9 3/4"

    All you need to know about Rogers is that in his junior year of high school, he dislocated his elbow. Instead of sitting on the sideline for the rest of the season, he moved to linebacker and tight end for the rest of the year. He was a walk-on for Tech in 2013, but he ended up playing in every game and starting two (5-9 rush, 12-78 receiving). Rogers again played in every game, starting six and contributing on offense (32-140 rushing; 20-230, one TD receiving) and special teams (11 tackles). His offensive contributions increased in 2015 (61-260, two TDs rushing; 16-193, two TDs receiving), and rose again in his senior year (67-284, two TDs rushing; 24-301, four TDs receiving) as the Hokies grew to rely on his playmaking skills.

    STRENGTHS A little ball of aggression. Able to play on all three downs. Has experience as ball carrier, pass catcher, pass protector and lead blocker. Can block from multiple sets and formations. Consistently productive for three consecutive years. Low center of gravity provides additional power as a runner. Carries good acceleration and knee bend to his target. Viable play-action pass catching fullback. Gives good effort as a blocker. Able to stuff and seal on down blocks from wingback spot.

    WEAKNESSES Gets over-amped in space as a blocker. Needs to play with less wasted motion and more body control. Second level blocking approach lacks patience at times. Squatty with short arms and struggles to sustain blocks against players with length.


    SOURCES TELL US "He's not going to measure out very well but he's just a good football player. He'll probably be a demon on special teams and I like how versatile he is." -- AFC East regional scout

    BOTTOM LINE NFL size and length is absent from the package, but good luck finding teams who won't admire his versatility and competitiveness. Rogers is a move-blocking fullback with pass-catching ability who can also give you carries in a pinch. His roster flexibility greatly increases his opportunities to have a sustained career.

  • #2
    Emory Hunt‏
    @FBallGameplan 2m2 minutes ago
    @VT_Football Sam Rogers is your 'new age' FB that gives the #Rams yet another offensive weapon


    • #3
      I'll take it. Not a pure blocking FB but legit. Special teams guy I'm guessing
      All bets are Goff


      • #4
        From Tony Pauline...

        Former walk-on who won the starting fullback job as a freshman. Started 25 career games, including 12 as a senior, when he rushed for 283 yards and two touchdowns and caught 24 passes for 301 yards and four scores through the air. Totaled 453 yards and four touchdowns in 2015 and 370 yards and one score in 2014.

        Undersized college fullback with limited upside. Displays excellent vision, gives effort and plays through the whistle. Agile, displays quickness carrying the ball and runs hard on the inside. Solid receiver out of the backfield who adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception with his hands. Keeps the play in bounds after the catch.

        Possesses average strength at the point of attack. Gets pushed back into the pocket. Did not stand out during Senior Bowl practices.

        Rogers was a solid offensive threat at the fullback position on the college level but lacks the size and speed for Sunday football. His approach and intensity could help him catch on as a second fullback in a West Coast offense.


        • #5


          • #6
            Meet Sam Rogers, the 2017 NFL Draft’s TD-scoring fullback
            The former walk-on is the highest-rated fullback in this year’s class.
            by Morgan Moriarty Apr 24, 2017, 9:00am EDT

            Sam Rogers is entering the 2017 NFL Draft playing a position that’s becoming relatively rare in football, even in the league. Rogers, who played four seasons for the Virginia Tech Hokies, is ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 1 fullback in this class.

            Fullbacks are mostly known as blockers, but in his college career, Rogers accounted for 692 yards rushing and another 802 yards receiving, along with 11 total touchdowns.

            You see, Rogers doesn’t just score touchdowns — he scores them in style. Most recently, in the Belk Bowl against the Arkansas Razorbacks, the 5’10, 230-pounder caught a one-handed touchdown pass like it was nothing.

            He also had a beautiful wheel route touchdown reception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2015.

            One of his more exciting scores wasn’t caught in the end zone. He threw it. Rogers completed a 13-yard touchdown pass ... TO ANOTHER FULLBACK.

            “That was pretty perfect,” the receiving fullback, Steven Peoples, said via “Not many people can say they caught a touchdown pass from another fullback. It’s insane. It doesn’t seem real.”

            Rogers jokingly said that the Hokies’ starting quarterback last season, Jerod Evans, may want to be looking over his shoulder.

            “I don’t want to get into a debate of whether I should be the starting quarterback, but I told Jerod to watch out,” Rogers said. “My completion percentage is really good.”

            The former Hokie will be looking to make it in a league that doesn’t use fullbacks like it used to.
            But there are some lasting figures who represent the position well in the NFL today, such as Jamize Olawale, James Develin, John Kuhn, Patrick DiMarco, Mike Tolbert, Kyle Juszczyk, and Marcel Reece. What has helped some is their versatility, which Rogers says he has.

            “There's times I’ve lined up as an H-back. There's times I’ve lined up in the slot. I’ve lined up out wide. I’ve lined up as the lone running back. I’ve lined up as the fullback,” Rogers said via Greenville Online. “They have to put something down. I guess that’s just the two letters they put there.”

            Even Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, whose Clemson Tigers faced Rogers and the Hokies in the ACC Championship last December, explained how dynamic fullbacks can be nowadays.

            “The days of just guys getting in the I-formation, and here's the fullback and they're going to run the power play and then run the toss 10 times, you don't see that as much,” Swinney told Greenville Online. “There's still need for that for sure, but a lot of teams have gone to a little bit more of the hybrid tight end(,) guys that can do those same things but can also be on the line, are athletic enough to split out and create some matchups in the passing game.”


            • #7


              • #8
                Don't sleep on the Hokies' Sam Rogers in April's NFL draft
                Jan 30, 2017
                Steve Helber | The Associated Press

                By now, I’ve heard all the reasons why he won’t pan out in the NFL: He’s too small. NFL teams don’t use fullbacks anymore. He’s a great kid everybody loves ... but his best chance is to get signed as a free agent and claw his way on to a 53-man roster.

                Enough already!

                There’s a lot more to Rogers than a warm smile and a friendly demeanor. Hokies fans have become accustomed to him making big plays in critical times, but now the rest of the country is jumping on the bandwagon.

                Remember this? I wasn’t around for this game, but it sure looked fun.

                I would be shocked if Rogers didn’t get his name called in April. Since the end of the season, the Hokies' jack-of-all-trades has been gaining steam in NFL draft circles.

                Here’s ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s take:

                “He’s a versatile kid, a great-hard working football player who can give you a little running dimension, can catch the ball out of the backfield very, very effectively, block adequately,” Kiper told the Roanoke Times. “So there are a limited amount of opportunities for fullbacks, but I would think when you get into the fourth, fifth-round area is where I could see Sam Rogers coming off the board.”

                I gained some interesting insight when I spoke recently to one of Rogers' high school friends. The friend said during their high school years in Mechanicsville, they would have parties and gatherings at Rogers' house. While everyone was carrying on and having a good time (like most high school kids do), Rogers would be endlessly running sprints, lifting weights and training himself in the backyard. This went on until 2 or 3 in the morning. It happened almost every weekend. No one could pry him from his workouts. It was just kind of known that Rogers would be working out while everyone else was partying.

                Sure, naysayers will chalk it up to a ultra-motivated kid working toward his lifelong goal, but that’s just who Rogers is. He went from a walk-on afterthought to a scholarship contributor in Blacksburg. Don't be surprised to see his next move be from from a relatively unknown player to NFL commodity.

                Rogers is pegged as the best fullback in the 2017 class. The former Hokie continued to pad his resume with a stellar performance Saturday at the Senior Bowl in Alabama. He didn’t get a ton of action, but Pro Football Focus gave Rogers the second-highest grade of any offensive player, behind only East Carolina receiver Zay Jones.

                Rogers’ grade came mostly because of his superior blocking for the tailbacks. (His other stats were modest: one reception for 5 yards and one carry for 3 yards).

                Here are a few of the impressions and takeaways from Rogers’ time at the senior bowl.

                Emory Hunt @FBallGameplan
                [email protected] Sam Rogers route running makes him much more valuable than just a 'fullback' #SeniorBowl
                11:45 AM - 27 Jan 2017

                Jordan McNamara @McNamaraUTH
                Sam Rogers will make himself a nice living on Sundays. Does a lot of things well to make produce for a team. #seniorbowl
                4:37 PM - 28 Jan 2017

                There seems to be no consistent theme surrounding how Rogers would be used in the NFL; nobody really knows. My best guess is that he comes on the field in special packages. Obviously, he won’t be a featured back and likely won’t be used as a full-time fullback, either. Teams are adapting and getting creative and Rogers is versatile enough to give them a bevy of options.

                For Redskins fans, one name that came to mind was Rock Cartwright. He managed to have a productive career in Washington from 2002-09, and while he was listed as a fullback, Cartwright played a variety of roles. The journeyman served as a blocker, change-of-pace back and reliable receiver. Rogers could see similar action.

                Toby Gerhart is another guy who has a comparable skill set to Rogers. Gerhart is a bit bigger (6-foot, 235) than Rogers (5-11, 230) but they do many of the same things. The Vikings used Gerhart as relief for Adrian Petersen and also created packages to capitalize on his effectiveness as a receiver.

                Here are some of Gerhart’s highlights to refresh your memory.

                Don’t get me wrong, Rogers is a much better blocker than Gerhart and their styles aren’t identical. I could see the former Hokie take on a similar role.

                The fact that Rogers is a high-character guy only adds to his draftworthiness. He’s one of the most genuine players I’ve ever come in contact with, and NFL squads care about that stuff. Virginia Tech fans, I know, are pulling hard for this kid, and they won't be surprised when he turns some heads at the next level.


                • #9
                  The Rams mean business with the offense. He blocks so there us no complaints from me.!!!


                  • #10
                    From Walk-On To NFL Prospect, Virginia Tech’s Sam Rogers Has Grit
                    by Dean Mullen1 month agoFollow @Deannoelmullen

                    There was one person that enjoyed The Reese’s Senior Bowl more than me. Fullback Sam Rogers smashed his way into the NFL’s draft radar.

                    Attending my first Senior Bowl this past month was one the most enjoyable moments in my life sports wise. Seeing these guys on TV every Saturday battling it out, always topped my list for the week during the college football season. However, when I got on the field, these young men towered over me. The scene seemed to blow me away until something caught my eye. The 15-20 minute opening for reporters to grab players was just too short.

                    Be that as it may, there was a kid that was just was about my size smiling ear to ear. Ironically, he was one of the few that stood about the same height as me. Rogers almost looked like he surely belonged and was taking in every moment with anyone that wanted to talk to him. There was someone close to me that was also staring at Rogers so I had to ask. ‘Who is that guy?’ The guy basically responded “Ah That’s Sam. He’s probably the happiest guy here.”

                    Steve Helber from the Associated Press probably summed it up best.

                    “I gained some interesting insight when I spoke recently to one of Rogers’ high school friends. The friend said during their high school years in Mechanicsville, they would have parties and gatherings at Roger’s house. While everyone was carrying on and having a good time (like most high school kids do), Rogers would be endlessly running sprints, lifting weights and training himself in the backyard. This went on until 2 or 3 in the morning. It happened almost every weekend.”

                    Football must be in Sam’s blood. Rogers did come to Virginia Tech as a walk-on, but calling him Rudy would be disrespectful. Rogers will play on SUNDAYS. He’s projected to go anywhere from the 5th-7th round. Furthermore, the kid can play. Here’s just a couple of clips at Virginia Tech when he ran over an incoming tackler.

                    Sam Rogers took over at Fullback at Virginia Tech doing anything that was needed. He stands at 5-foot-11 and 231 lbs. Rogers has the ability to make plays on the next level with his BLUE COLLAR style of play. He can also catch balls out of the backfield. If a defender blinks on him, expect a collision and a locomotive crash. Rogers will run you over.

                    The fullback role is not as glamorous as some of the other positions in football. But Sam Rogers is the perfect fit for the role. The New Orleans Saints may have to at least take a look at him later in the draft. Sean Payton would salivate at having Sam in the Black and Gold. Moreover, there’s even more than football that defines him as an individual.


                    • #11
                      Pro Football Focus‏
                      @PFF 4m4 minutes ago
                      Pick 206: The Rams draft FB Sam Rogers from Virginia Tech. #NFLDraft #RamsDraft

                      Leads this FB class with an 85.0 pass-protection grade
                      Love that he's a quality pass protector, still all about helping Goff out.


                      • #12
                        Interesting prospect actually. He sounds like he will be the type of person who will good for team on and off the field.


                        • #13

                          Guys, this guy is really going to help open our offense up. This guy is going to be all over the field - he can block from the FB, H-back, and TE positions. The highlight has him blocking for the dive, sealing the edge for the run, and also blocking the blindside rush from the TE position. He's catching down the seam, in the flats, and short slants. He can run it up the gut and on the edge. Hell, he even passes.

                          Overall, really love the pick.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Sauceman View Post

                            Guys, this guy is really going to help open our offense up. This guy is going to be all over the field - he can block from the FB, H-back, and TE positions. The highlight has him blocking for the dive, sealing the edge for the run, and also blocking the blindside rush from the TE position. He's catching down the seam, in the flats, and short slants. He can run it up the gut and on the edge. Hell, he even passes.

                            Overall, really love the pick.
                            Your right. He is another weapon for the offense as he isn't strictly a lead blocker. Jack of all trades, master of none type player.!! I wonder what this means for the offense. Did McVay use a fullback in Washington or was it more three TE sets.


                            • #15
                              OK pick. I would have rather had Connor McDermott though.


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                              • Nick
                                2017 NFL Draft Round 2 #44: Rams select Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama
                                by Nick
                                6'3" HEIGHT
                                33" ARM LENGTH
                                239LBS. WEIGHT
                                8 1/2" HANDS

                                It's become a tradition for a former high school or college basketball player with limited football experience to become an intriguing tight end prospect. Everett played just one year of high school football while starting on the hardcourt, then went to Hutchinson Community College to hone his skills so major programs would find his talent. He showed talent in his only year at Alabama-Birmingham (17-292, 1 TD) but was forced to transfer after the school cut the program. South Alabama was glad to have him, as he earned first-team All-Sun Belt notice in 2015 (41-575, eight TD) and 2016 (49-717, four TD).

                                STRENGTHS Slick athlete with leftover wide receiver traits. Easy acceleration into routes and can blow by safeties who sit down looking for a route break for too long. Good acceleration off of plant foot in route breaks. Can create immediate separation. Carries play speed throughout routes. Cover linebackers are usually in for a rough day vs. Everett, who eats in the middle of the field and shows no fear. Maximizes arm length for wide catch radius. Hands look fairly natural as pass catcher. Adds to totals with yards after catch. Runs physically and with excellent balance. Rips his legs through arm-tackle attempts. Instinctive runner who sets up blocks on bubble screens. Alters stride length to elude diving tackle attempts. Able to work all three levels of the field. Blocks with anger and is prone to longer engagements than most blockers on perimeter. Put on a show, including game-winning touchdown, in upset of Mississippi State on the road.

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                              • Nick
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                                by Nick
                                JOSH REYNOLDS
                                TEXAS A&M SEC

                                COMBINE RESULTS
                                4.52 SEC
                                37.0 INCH
                                124.0 INCH
                                6.83 SEC
                                4.13 SEC
                                11.32 SEC

                                31 1/2"
                                ARM LENGTH
                                9 3/8"

                                Reynolds couldn't get a scholarship offer for football from a FBS school despite his manifold talents; in fact, Oregon State pulled their interest after other receivers ate up roster spots late in the process. So off to Tyler Junior College he went, receiving second-team all-conference recognition. Reynolds didn't waste any time making an impact when moving to College Station, where he was offered a partial scholarship as a hurdler coming out of high school. He led the team with 842 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 52 catches in 2014, the latter being a school record. Reynolds caught 51 passes for 907 yards and five scores as a junior, serving a one-game suspension for unspecified reasons. His best season came in 2016, when SEC media named him second-team all-conference because he finished the year with 61 catches for 1,039 yards and 12 scores.

                                STRENGTHS Very long, angular frame. Outstanding high school triple jumper and high jumper will dominate combine explosion drills. Vertical threat who can open his hips and out-stride a cornerback down the field. As good as it gets as a ball tracker with a center fielder's ability to judge trajectory and distance. Stacks cornerbacks on his hip and keeps them there. Has access to a second gear when the ball is in the air. Routes feature little wasted motion. Possesses superior ball skills. Plus hand-eye coordination and holds his ground in contested catches. Can climbs way up the ladder and use his length to turn 50/50 balls into 80/20 his way. Consistent red-zone threat. Wins up-and-over, with back shoulder fades and with inside release to slant. Thin but ultra-competitive and extremely tough. Will work the middle and does not fear incoming traffic. Gets after his blocks on the perimeter and meets aggression with aggression as blocker.

                                WEAKNESSES Has a thin frame with skinny legs. Body is unlikely to carry much more weight. Can be temporarily grounded in press coverage. Lack of play strength makes fighting past disruptive jams a challenge. Needs to improve initial footwork and vary his releases. Just average underneath. Long-strider with limitations in short-area quickness. Nothing special in hitch-and-run or wide receiver screens. Has some trouble dropping down and digging out the low throw.

                                DRAFT PROJECTION Round 3-4

                                NFL COMPARISON Marvin Jones

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                              • Nick
                                2017 NFL Draft Round 3 #69: Rams select Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington
                                by Nick
                                COOPER KUPP
                                EASTERN WASHINGTON BIG SKY

                                COMBINE RESULTS

                                4.62 SEC
                                31.0 INCH
                                116.0 INCH
                                6.75 SEC
                                4.08 SEC

                                31 1/2"
                                ARM LENGTH
                                9 1/2"

                                Kupp is the most prolific pass-catcher in Football Championship Subdivision history, setting all-time records in total receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464), and receiving touchdowns (73). He is the son of a former NFL player (Craig was a fifth-round pick in 1990) and grandson of a New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer (Jake was an offensive lineman in the NFL from 1964-75). He won just about every award he could win in his four years with the Eagles, staring with the Jerry Rice Award as the top FCS freshman when he started all 15 games, making 93 catches for 1,691 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Kupp fought through an ankle injury but was still an All-American receiver (104-1,431, six TD), third-team punt returner (10-162, TD), and Academic All-American. He won all of those awards again in 2015, in addition to the Walter Payton Award as the FCS's best player as he led the nation in all three major categories (114-1,642, 19 TD). Kupp again proved to be the best receiver in the FCS in 2016, leading all with 117 receptions, 1,700 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns in another consensus All-American season.

                                STRENGTHS Elite level of production for any level of football. Finished career as Division I career leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Hands are natural and strong. Catches passes like his idol, Larry Fitzgerald. Plucks it away from his body and immediately tucks it away. Utilizes route speed variances to create deep-ball opportunities. Extremely confident and competitive. Bodies up cornerbacks to win contested catches. Believes he can catch every throw and is able to make the circus grab look easy at times. Excellent ball-tracker. Uses force and leverage at break points to help create room out of his cuts. Manipulates coverage with head fakes and stutter-steps. Strong football bloodlines; grandfather played for years as an NFL guard and father was drafted by Giants as fifth-round quarterback in 1990.

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                                Da'Rel Scot RB - A guy I like
                                by Richbert88
                                From Wes Bunting:

                                The stock of Maryland RB Da’Rel Scott is through the roof right now after timing [sic 4.34] forty time at the NFL combine. I’ve heard from several sources of him potentially getting a look late in round one. I don’t buy it personally, but you never know just how high a guy can rise after a good workout.

                                With that in mind I thought I’d do a prospect profile of Da’Rel Scott to see what people are saying about him.


                                5-11 211 pounds. 4.35 40 yard dash.

                                34 inch vertical jump. 9.9 broad jump

                                3 cone drill 7.15

                                20 yard shuttle 4.20

                                20 yard dash 2.55

                                10 yard dash 1.55

                                19 reps on the bench press


                                Career: 430 attempts for 2,401 yards 17 touchdowns

                                2010: 122 attempts 705 yards 5 touchdowns

                                48 career receptions


                                To see a highlight film from different games, it’s here on youtube. It’s being difficult and I can’t get it to show up in this space.

                                This second video is him vs Cal in 2009

                                Scouting Reports:


                                Positives: Great combination of speed and strength… Isn’t big, but has a nice frame and runs low to the ground… Accelerates very quickly, explosive when he gets a seam… Keeps his legs driving, doesn’t go down easily… Very nice balance… A good inside runner… Displays a good burst through the hole… Willing pass blocker… Displays above-average hands out of the backfield… Does a good job of always moving forward, doesn’t dance too much through the hole… Should be a good change of pace back in the NFL in the same mold as Mike Goodson when he came out of college… Led all running backs at the combine with a 4.34 40-yard dash.

                                Negatives: Ball security is an issue, has had fumbling problems in the past… Isn’t particularly shift or creative in the open field, better as a straight line runner.Below average vision, tries to break everything to the outside and routinely gets swallowed up at the line of scrimmage… Major injury concerns, struggled with an ankle injury in 2007, a shoulder injury in 2008, and a broken forearm in 2009… Did not have a very prolific career at Maryland, eclipsed 1000 yards once, in 2008, and has only scored nine touchdowns over the past two years combined… Was suspended in 2008 for violating curfew… Was typically substituted out around the goal line, struggled in short yardage situations because he always tries to make the big play.

                                Wes Bunting

                                Looks a lot thicker on tape than his frame would suggest. Possesses good overall muscle tone through his upper half and is pretty well put together through his legs. Displays an explosive first step when asked to press the hole. Is able to instantly accelerate out of his stance and gets up to top-end speed quickly.
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