Offensive Tackle Jake Rodgers (6’6”, 320 pounds) was selected by the Falcons in the 7th Round (225th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Rodgers is an athletic player with good feet who excelled at the FCS level after competing at a young age at the FBS level. He was a tight end and all-state post player in high school, which translated to the football field with his smooth footwork.
Started 14 games in 2014 at right tackle and earned FCS first team All-American.
Listed as backup at left offensive tackle on the preseason depth chart. He should compete for a starting position and will be able to play multiple positions along the offensive line. Will attend EWU for the first time in fall 2013 after transferring from Washington State.
Earned a varsity letter after starting all 12 games on the offensive line for the Cougars. He started at right guard in the team’s season-opener at BYU, then started at left guard in WSU’s 24-20 win over Eastern Washington. He started a total of three games at right guard (BYU, UNLV, Colorado), one at left guard (EWU), five at right tackle (Oregon, Oregon State, California, Stanford, Utah) and the final three games of the season at left tackle (UCLA, Arizona State, Washington). He redshirted in 2010 and earned Scout Team Offensive Player of the Week accolades against Arizona State.
Graduated from Shadle Park HS in 2010. As senior, he served as team captain and was named to the EvergreenStatePreps.com All-State team (3A-and-under). Rodgers was named by the Seattle Times as a “Red Chip” selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington. He was also a three-star prospect according to Scout.com and was rated No. 20 overall in the state of Washington and No. 37 at his position nationally. He earned first team All-Greater Spokane League honors in 2008 – one of just three juniors on the 17-man offensive team. He was a three-year letterwinner in football, and played as a tight end and defensive end, and also was a kicker and punter for head coach Mark Hester. He also lettered three times in basketball and participated in baseball. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Highlanders to the State 3A Basketball Tournament. His Eagle teammates Bo Schuetzle (’09) and Cameron Babcock (’13) also graduated from Shadle Park.