The Washington Redskins selected Auburn University cornerback Carlos Rogers with the ninth overall selection in the 2005 NFL Draft. The 2004 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back, Rogers provided excellent leadership for a young Tigers' secondary in 2004.
Rogers, 5-11 and 199 pounds, finished his collegiate career appearing in 50 games with 44 starts. He holds the school's career-record with 40 pass deflections. Rogers also accounted for 182 tackles (134 solo), seven interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Rogers garnered a first-team All-American selection, first-team All-SEC honors and in addition to being the Jim Thorpe Award recipient, he was also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award and a semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award.
As a freshman in 2001, Rogers was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News after starting 10 contests and recording 58 tackles (46 solo) and 12 pass deflections.
He started nine games as a sophomore in 2002, tying for the team-lead with four interceptions. He also collected 48 tackles (34 solo) and nine pass deflections.
Although Rogers started every game in 2003, he produced a career-low 29 tackles (17 solo) with nine pass break-ups and an interception.
Rogers bounced back in 2004 and lived up to his billing as a "shutdown" cornerback as opponents would only complete 18 of 65 passes (27 percent) thrown into his territory. He recorded 47 tackles (37 solo) with two interceptions and 10 pass deflections during his final season.
A product of Butler High School in Augusta, Ga., Rogers rushed for 1,332 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior as well as recorded 47 tackles and two interceptions. He also played basketball and ran track in high school.