Scouts: Clemson builds deep D-line 

June, 19, 2012
Clemson is on what one may call ‘a bit of a roll’, especially along the defensive line. In the wake of the huge commitment of Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top ranked prospect, Clemson has landed two more promising D-end prospects in ESPN 150 defender Elijah Daniel and now most recently four-star D-lineman Dane Rogers. Nkemdiche and Daniel, both top 100 players, were big commitments. But the addition of Rogers shouldn’t be overlooked as we feel he is a fine prospect in his own right and may be a bit undervalued on the national scene.

Rogers has solid height and good bulk with a nice wingspan for his size. He is listed as a defensive end, but depending on physical development could end up playing inside or at least can offer some ‘swing player’ potential. Like his future linemates, Rogers possesses a good initial burst off the ball. He may not bring to the table the same type of natural athleticism, but the four-star out of North Carolina does display good recognition skills and plays with a good motor. Those things combined allow him to play a little faster as a defender than he might test. He needs to continue to develop and be more consistent with technique, but flashes the tools to be a productive defender against the run. He might not offer the same type of pass rush ability/upside as Nkemdiche or Daniel, but Rogers can pressure the quarterback and could be a player who develops into a good ‘nickel rusher’ in that group.