The sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft was special to the Virginia Tech football team.
But it was even more special for Hanover County.
After Hokies players Chuck Clark and Bucky Hodges had been taken, former Hanover standout Sam Rogers was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams.
If he makes the roster, he will become the second Hawks football player to make an NFL roster. Currently, Josh Wells (6-6, 310), another former Hanover quarterback is on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster at offensive tackle.
Rogers, who was taken with the No. 206 overall pick, will likely play fullback or H-back.
“[He] out-works everybody,” ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said during Saturday’s telecast. “He’s a sports science major, nutrition, and conditioning. Played on all the special teams. They motion him out. Violent blocker at times. Great hands coming out of that backfield. Football smart. Tough as nails. They line him up in a variety of spots. … I think he can be a factor.”
As a senior at Virginia Tech, Rogers accounted for 283 rushing yards and accounted for six touchdowns and was invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Nov. 14. He became the 49th Hokies player to participate in the annual all-star event.
Rogers, from Mechanicsville, is a former walk-on, on who transitioned from quarterback to fullback when he arrived on the Virginia Tech campus in 2013, starting two games as a true freshman.
The 5-11, 230-pounder has played in 50 games (22 starts) for the Hokies. One of the most versatile and valuable performers on the squad, the dynamic performer has carried the ball 144 times for 573 yards with two touchdowns in his career along with 65 receptions for 723 yards and six scores during his career.
This year’s totals include 46 carries for 164 yards while he has caught 17 passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns.
He has also completed 3 of 4 passes, including a 13-yard TD pass to Steven Peoples against Miami this season. In that same game, Rogers also registered a career-high 72 receiving yards in that contest against the Hurricanes.
At Hanover, Rogers had a brilliant four-year career under the direction of coach Josh Just. There, he played quarterback, running back, receiver and anywhere else he was needed.
During his senior year, he rushed for 1,178 and 18 touchdowns and threw for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns. As a result, he was named a first team all-state performers as a utility player.