In the Redskins' draft corner: Auburn's Carlos Rogers - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

In the Redskins' draft corner: Auburn's Carlos Rogers

ASHBURN, Va. (AP)_By the time the Washington Redskins were on the clock, the decision was easy. Two of the three top-tier cornerbacks were already chosen, so they took the only one left: Carlos Rogers of Auburn. Coach Joe Gibbs said, "To be honest, probably the worst fear would have been -- all three corners would have been gone." He chose Rogers at No. 9 overall in today's NFL draft.

Adam "Pacman" Jones went to Tennessee at No. 6, and Antrel Rolle was plucked by Arizona at No. 8, leaving Rogers to fill the team's biggest hole. He will essentially replace Fred Smoot, who left as a free agent to sign with Minnesota.

Just over six feet tall and weighing 195 pounds, Rogers likes to hit as well as cover, an essential quality in a Redskins defense that asks its defensive backs to blitz often. He was the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back for the undefeated Tigers last year, when opponents completed just 18 of 65 passes (27 percent) of the passes thrown his way

Rogers, speaking from his home in Augusta, Georgia., was practically bubbling over his selection, having been impressed by a recent visit to Redskins Park Gibbs said Rogers called about eight times during the week to learn if the Redskins were still interested.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • SPORTSSPORTSMore>>

  • 'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

    'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:22:19 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 19:32:56 GMT
    (Source: AP Photo)(Source: AP Photo)

    President Donald Trump had pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump had pardoned boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

    More >>
  • NFL sparks new questions over anthem; Trump lauds league

    NFL sparks new questions over anthem; Trump lauds league

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:32:12 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:26 PM EDT2018-05-24 19:26:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...

    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more.

    More >>

    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more.

    More >>
  • Boys and Girls Club of the River Region celebrates Lee basketball star

    Boys and Girls Club of the River Region celebrates Lee basketball star

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:02:38 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)

    Wednesday was a special day for both Lee basketball star Zippy Broughton and the West End Boys and Girls Club of the River Region.

    More >>

    Wednesday was a special day for both Lee basketball star Zippy Broughton and the West End Boys and Girls Club of the River Region.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly