With the No. 206 overall pick (seventh round) in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers.
This was the eighth of nine picks the Bills will make this year, and Rogers is the third defensive back that the team has added - and the second cornerback, joining second-round pick Aaron Williams. As we mentioned yesterday, depth was a serious issue at corner - even with Williams, the Bills had just six on the roster - and in a "take a chance" round, Rogers has a chance to stick.
Rogers is a 5'11", 180-pound corner that has solid coverage ability, good football smarts and an excellent feel for the game. His 4.5-second speed will allow him to compete at the NFL level. He was a playmaker at Richmond with 12 interceptions and five total touchdowns. He is, however, not the physical specimen that his draft classmates are, and may need to bulk up to avoid being a durability risk, as he's a hard-nosed player unafraid of contact. This pick was made for two reasons: Rogers has a shot to become a player, and the Bills needed another body at the position.
One more Bills pick to go before the 2011 NFL Draft will officially be wrapped up.