Local export Jake Hanson expected to be picked in NFL draft
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: Five years ago he graduated from Eureka High School as a four-star college football recruit. Now following the start of an unprecedented virtual draft on April 23, Jake Hanson is expected to be swooped up by an NFL team.
“Hanson has been on NFL scouts’ radar since his redshirt freshman season,” reads his description via NFL.com. “…(He) took over the starting center job (on the offensive line) for the (Oregon) Ducks in 2016…”
The 6 feet 4 inches, 303-pound college senior recently wowed scouts as one of the top performers in the bench press among offensive linemen during the NFL Scouting Combine.
“He’s chatty before the snap, does a lot of talking and appears to have quite a bit in calls and protections on his plate,” wrote The Draft Network praising his football IQ.
“Hanson was initially projected to be a second or third-round pick in April’s draft,” wrote NBC Sports. “Most mock drafts now show him as a fourth-round selection.”
Possibly a bit biased, but this reporter believes teams would benefit from selecting him earlier.
Hanson will join a nice list of other locally-exported NFL players such as Alex Cappa, Taylor Boggs, Rey Maualuga, Soma Vainuku, and Maurice Purify.
Max Preps also notes Hanson was a wrestler at Eureka High.
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