Roderick Rogers Interview
I recently had a chance to interview Roderick Rogers, a free safety from Wisconsin who is eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft. Special thanks to his agent, Masterplan Group International for making this possible.
Rogers was a co-team MVP and a consensus All-Big Ten Second Team player. Prior to the 2006 season, he was ranked as the sixth-best free safety in the nation by Sporting News. Rogers finished his career at Wisconsin with 99 tackles, 23 passes defended, five interceptions and one touchdown.
Rogers' Pro Day results and scouting reports are posted below the interview.
What is your accurate height, weight and 40 time?
6-1, 192 lbs. 4.47.
You ran that 4.47 at your Pro Day. How do you think your Pro Day performance affected your draft status?
To be honest I really do not know what teams are thinking, but I hope that my Pro Day helped them to see that I have the ability to play at the next level.
What would you say is your greatest strength on the football field, and what is something you need to improve upon to be successful at the next level?
My greatest strength is knowing the game and knowing what to do. Something that I want to work on is being able to master one position. In college I moved around to different positions on the defense but never really stuck to master one spot.
What are you planning on doing about mastering one single position?
Hopefully some team will pick me and the coach that I have can work with me at the position they want me to play for them.
What has your schedule been like the past few months leading up to the draft?
I visited Pittsburgh and Detroit but other than that just waiting around and training.
What are your goals as far as the draft is concerned, in terms of where you’ll be selected?
Some teams still say I am a first-day pick. Some say that I am a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and then there are those teams that do not like you. I just want the privilege or being on someone’s team and playing a game that I love to play.
Are there any NFL teams out there that you feel operate in a specific scheme/system that cater toward your strengths?
As a player if I am taught a certain position or scheme then I can play what I have learned.
Which player are you looking forward to playing against in the pros, and why?
Randy Moss because I think he is a good receiver.
Who’s the best player you’ve played against?
(Arkansas running back) Darren McFadden.
Are there any under-the-radar underclassmen at Wisconsin that you see developing into stars at either the collegiate or the professional level?
(Junior tight end) Travis Beckum is a guy that many should start to pay attention to.
Which NFL player would you compare yourself to? What similarities do you share with him?
Ed Reed, because he loves to get the ball and that’s something that I like to do as a defender.
What’s the status of your knee, given that you injured it in the Capital One Bowl? On a scale from 0 to 100 percent, what would you grade it, and how long do you think it will be until it’s completely healed?
The knee is excellent. If I said 100 percent then many would say of course he would say that if he wants teams to look at him. So, I will say that I have no problems with my knee and everything that I did before I got the injury can still be performed now.
What’s the greatest moment in your football career?
The interception against Purdue was a great moment.
Which NFL team did you like growing up, and who was your favorite player?
San Francisco when Deion Sanders was there.
What do you plan on doing once your NFL career is over?
I plan on working with younger children.
If there was one thing you could tell an NFL team about yourself (i.e. your on-the-field skills, personality, work ethic, etc.) what would that be?
I am a player that will work hard to get the job done.
Roderick Rogers' Pro Day Results
D.O.B. 9/7/84 Height 6-1 Weight 189 40 Time 4.47 Short Shuttle 4.25 Three-Cone 7.05 Bench Press 14 Vertical 35½ Broad Jump 9'9"
Roderick Rogers' Scouting Report
Roderick is a savvy safety that uses his speed (4.46 40 time) and nose for the ball to make plays. Named Team Co-MVP, Roderick started the last 25 games of his career.
Ranked by the Sporting News as the sixth-best safety in the nation entering the 2006 season.
Showing flashes of skill the past two seasons, Rogers has first-day size/speed numbers. Athletic center fielder with good lateral range. Runs with opponents downfield, possesses a burst of speed and is quick closing on the action. Explosive at the point and a hard hitter. Shows speed to the flanks and covers a lot of area on the field.
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