Cooper Hodges
No. 75 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2000-07-13) July 13, 2000 (age 23)
Glen St. Mary, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Baker County (Glen St. Mary, Florida)
College:Appalachian State
NFL draft:2023 / Round: 7 / Pick: 226
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-Sun Belt (2021, 2022)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Cooper Hodges (born July 13, 2000) is an American football offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Appalachian State and was selected in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft by the Jaguars.

Early years

Hodges was born on July 13, 2000, and grew up in Glen St. Mary, Florida.[1] He attended Baker County High School, being a Super 24 pick and helping the team reach the state championship match in his senior season.[2] A two-star recruit, Hodges committed to play college football for the Appalachian State Mountaineers.[1]

College career

As a true freshman at Appalachian State in 2018, Hodges redshirted and saw no action due to an injury.[3] The following season, he became their starting right tackle and was named second-team all-conference after starting all 14 games.[3][4][5] In 2020, Hodges started all 11 games and was named second-team all-conference for the second consecutive year.[6]

Hodges continued as a starter in 2021 and was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference.[7] As a senior in 2022, he appeared in 12 games and earned third-team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus, additionally being an All-Sun Belt choice for the fourth-straight season.[8] He finished his stint at Appalachian State with 51 consecutive starts, over 3,500 snaps played and only seven sacks allowed.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+12 in
(1.92 m)
311 lb
(141 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
5.11 s 1.90 s 2.88 s 4.71 s 7.90 s 29.0 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
29 reps
Sources:[9][10]

Hodges was selected in the seventh round (226th overall) of the 2023 NFL Draft by his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, who originally acquired the pick in a trade with the Carolina Panthers in exchange for Laviska Shenault.[11] Although a right tackle at Appalachian State, he was announced as a guard when selected.[5] He was placed on injured reserve on August 31, 2023.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b c "NFL Draft Profile: Cooper Hodges, Offensive Lineman, Appalachian State Mountaineers". Sports Illustrated. January 13, 2023.
  2. ^ Barney, Justin (April 29, 2023). "Seventh round: Jaguars draft Baker County grad Cooper Hodges, 2 others to close draft". News4Jax.com. WJXT.
  3. ^ a b Joyce, Ethan (October 2, 2019). "Cooper Hodges and Nick Hampton are making an impact for App State this season. Their path to this point wasn't straight". Winston-Salem Journal.
  4. ^ "Cooper Hodges". Appalachian State Mountaineers.
  5. ^ a b Shipley, John (April 29, 2023). "2023 NFL Draft: Jaguars Select OL Cooper Hodges, DL Raymond Vahasek in 7th". Sports Illustrated.
  6. ^ "Charting Northeast Florida football players in FBS in 2020-21". The Florida Times-Union. January 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "App State's Cooper Hodges Drafted By Jacksonville". 247Sports. April 29, 2023.
  8. ^ Stites, Adam (April 29, 2023). "Jaguars draft Appalachian State G Cooper Hodges with No. 226 pick". USA Today.
  9. ^ "Jaguars select Cooper Hodges with No. 226 pick in 2023 draft". NFL.com. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  10. ^ "2023 NFL Draft Scout Cooper Hodges College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  11. ^ Stites, Adam (April 30, 2023). "Lifelong Jaguars fan Cooper Hodges happy to be drafted by 'dream team'". USA Today.
  12. ^ "Roster Moves: Jaguars Add Two to Active Roster and Four to Practice Squad". Jaguars.com. August 31, 2023.