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Charles Rogers

SELECTED BY OAKLAND , ROUND 1, PICK 2, OVERALL PICK 2
WR | (6-2, 202, 4.4) | Michigan State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Decided to leave Michigan State after his junior season. High school All-American and state sprint champion. Prop 48 in 2000. Started every game in '01, catching 57 passes for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and returning 18 punts for 158 yards and a touchdown. Capped year with a supersensational bowl performance vs. Fresno State, catching 10 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns. In '02, caught 68-1,351-13 (19.9-yard average per catch). Rogers is a third-year junior who has only played two seasons. Biletnikoff Award winner. Almost single-handedly defeated then-unbeaten Notre Dame with 7-175-2.

Positives: He has a rare combination of size, speed, receiving skills and athletic ability with a great future. Is a vertical receiver who will not be caught from behind. His hands are outstanding and athletic ability is exceptional. Great leaper. His speed is deceptive, much like that of Marvin Harrison, and Rogers is never really covered. Had a streak of 13 consecutive games with a touchdown. Can pluck and snatch and make the one-handed catch. Makes difficult catches look easy. Extends and goes up for the ball. Outmuscles defenders. Sells his routes. Aggressive. Willing blocker. Gets separation and shows make-you-miss. Has beaten the nation's best corners and really shows up in big games.

Negatives: Has a superstar's attitude. Is loud, cocky and immature but very competitive. Needs work on underneath routes; tries to break everything off deep. Isn't afraid to work but relies on ability. Doesn't beat the jam consistently and needs to learn to beat double-team. Loses concentration at times, making drops running before the catch.

Summary: Top-five pick who has the ability and athleticism to dominate at the next level. Shows the playmaking ability of Andre Rison and better speed and consistency than Plaxico Burress. Not as fast as Randy Moss, but is more reliable and a better person.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.