Graduate of Shadle Park High School is taken in the seventh round as the 225th pick overall
Now that Michael Roos has retired from the National Football League, Jake Rodgers can now take his place.
The former Eastern Washington University All-America offensive tackle was taken in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2015 NFL Draft which concluded on Saturday (May 2). The 2010 graduate of Shade Park High School in Spokane, Wash., was the 225th pick overall.
He is Eastern’s 15th NFL draft choice in school history and first since safety Matt Johnson was chosen in the fourth round by Dallas in 2012. Rodgers is the first offensive lineman taken since Roos was taken in the second round (41st overall) by the Tennessee Titans in 2005.
Roos, Eastern’s highest draft choice ever, retired in February after spending all 10 of his NFL seasons with the Titans. Roos who was in Chicago for this year’s NFL Draft and helped introduce Tennessee’s picks.
Rodgers, listed by the NFL at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, transferred to Eastern from Washington State University, and helped lead the Eagles to a pair of Big Sky Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014. After being limited in his junior season with a knee injury, he started all 14 games this season en route to earning first team All-Big Sky Conference and All-America accolades.
Rodgers concluded his collegiate career by playing in the NFL Players Association All-Star Game on Jan. 17, 2015, in Carson, Calif. He ended his career by being named to six All-America teams in 2014, including first team honors by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Walter Camp FB Foundation, College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network.
Eastern also expects Tevin McDonald to sign a free agent contract with an NFL team, and possibly others, in the coming days.
• A total of 75 Eagles have now been drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL or CFL teams since 1989. Seven Eagles have been selected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in the past 12 years (2003-2014), with nine selected to play in eight different college all-star games. Most recently, safety Tevin McDonald played in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game, and offensive tackle Jake Rodgers played in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl. In 2013, T.J. Lee III played in the NFLPA game, and Bo Levi Mitchell played in the same game in 2012. Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was selected to participate in the prestigious NFL Scouting Combine on Feb. 20-26, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind. In addition, fellow wide receiver Nicholas Edwards played in the 2013 Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz. Nathan Overbay and Matt Nichols were selected for the 2010 East-West Shrine Game, the same game Michael Roos played in back in 2005.
Eastern Washington University’s NFL Draft Choices
Michael Roos – Offensive Tackle – Letter Winner at EWU 2001-02-03-04
Drafted in the 2nd round (41st overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft.
Taiwan Jones – Running Back – 2008-09-10
Drafted in the 4th round (125th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 NFL Draft
Matt Johnson – Safety – 2008-09-10-11
Drafted in the 4th round (135th overall) by Dallas in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Tom Ackerman – Offensive Guard – 1992-93-94-95
Drafted in the 5th round (145th overall) by New Orleans in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Trent Pollard – Offensive Tackle – 1990-91-92-93
Drafted in the 5th round (132nd pick overall) by Cincinnati in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Bob Picard – Wide Receiver – 1968-69-71-72
Drafted in the 6th round (132nd pick overall) by Philadelphia in the 1973 NFL Draft.
Jeff Mickel – Offensive Tackle – 1985-86-87-88
Drafted in the 6th round (163rd pick overall) by Minnesota in the 1989 NFL Draft.
Ed Simmons – Offensive Tackle – 1983-84-85-86
Drafted in the 6th round (164th pick overall) by Washington in the 1987 NFL Draft.
Lamont Brightful – Wide Receiver/Returner – 1998-99-00-01
Drafted in the 6th round (195th overall) by Baltimore in the 2002 NFL Draft.
Scott Garske – Tight End – 1971-72-73
Drafted in the 7th round (179th pick overall) by Pittsburgh in the 1974 NFL Draft.
Kurt Schulz – Defensive Back – 1988-89-90-91
Drafted in the 7th round (195th pick overall) by Buffalo in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Jake Rodgers – Offensive Lineman – 2013-14
Drafted in the 7th round (225th pick overall) by Atlanta in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Dave Svendsen – Wide Receiver – 1966-67-68
Drafted in the 11th round (281st pick overall) by Los Angeles in the 1969 NFL Draft.
Craig Richardson – Wide Receiver – 1983-84-85-86
Drafted in the 11th round (298th pick overall) by Kansas City in the 1987 NFL Draft.
Dick Nearents – Tackle – 1956-57-58
Drafted in the 18th round (205th pick overall) by Green Bay in the 1959 NFL Draft.
#65 Jake Rodgers
OL, 6-6, 315, Spokane, Wash.
Career: Rodgers started 18 games in two seasons at Eastern (all 14 in 2014), and another 12 at Washington State in 2012.
2014: Rodgers concluded his collegiate career by playing in the NFL Players Association All-Star Game on Jan. 17, 2015, in Carson, Calif. He ended his career by being named to six All-America teams in 2014, including first team honors by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Walter Camp FB Foundation, College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network. Rodgers, a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection, had the highest game grade on the line during the regular season at 93 percent and led the team in knockdown blocks with 55. Rodgers helped lead Eastern’s offense to new heights in 2014, especially on the scoreboard. For the first time in school history, Eastern scored at least 50 points in six games, including outings of 56, 54, 52, 52, 56 and 56. Only once previously in school history – 105 previous years – has EWU scored 50 or more three times. The Eagles finished first in FCS in scoring offense (44.1 per game) and first downs (361 total), second in passing efficiency (163.52), third in total offense (513.4) and second in passing offense (328.2). Eastern converted 48.0 percent of the time on third down (97-of-202) to rank eighth, down from a high of second earlier in the year. Eastern’s red zone offense was second in FCS, scoring 94.9 percent of the time.
• Selected to play in NFL Players Association All-Star Game (Jan. 17, 2015 in Carson, Calif.)
• First Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association)
• First Team All-America (Associated Press)
• First Team All-America (Walter Camp FB Foundation)
• First Team All-America (College Sports Madness)
• First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)
• Second Team All-America (The Sports Network)
• First Team All-Big Sky Conference (selected by league head coaches)
• First Team All-Big Sky Conference (College Sports Madness)
2013: Played in 10 games -- four of them as the starter at right offensive tackle. He started EWU’s first two games, including EWU’s thrilling 49-46 season-opening victory over 25th-ranked Oregon State (8/31/13). A knee injury suffered versus Western Oregon (9/7/13) forced him to miss five games, but he returned and eventually took back over his starting position in the final two games of the season. He helped Eastern set Big Sky and school records with 592 points, 83 touchdowns and 8,002 yards of offense in the 2013 season. As a team, EWU led FCS in passing efficiency (school record 182.6), and fourth in total offense (533.5 per game), fourth in passing (349.8), 41st in rushing (183.7) and seventh in scoring (39.5). Eastern’s offensive line was selected as the FCS Offensive Line of the Week by Beyond Sports Network twice during the season. The first time came when EWU had 625 yards of offense in a 49-46 upset of 25th-ranked Oregon State (8/31/13) to open the season. The second time came in a 55-34 win at Idaho State (11/2/13) when the Eagles finished with a school record 743 yards of offense. He attended EWU for the first time in fall 2013 after transferring from Washington State.
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.
HS: 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 former Eagle teammate Bo Schuetzle (’09) also graduated from Shadle Park.
Personal: Exercise science major. His father, John Rodgers, passed away on Dec. 26, 2014, after suffering sudden cardiac arrest in the Roos Field stands in the final minutes of EWU’s FCS Playoff game against Illinois State (12/13/14).