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NFL Draft Round 7, Pick 226 Overall: Hodges is the Selection


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars' attention turned to offensive line depth late Saturday.

Cooper Hodges, an offensive tackle from Appalachian State, on Saturday was selected by the Jaguars in Round 7 of the 2023 NFL Draft – the No. 226 overall selection.

Hodges (6-feet-4, 311 pounds), who played all four seasons at Appalachian State, played high school football for Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County High School – about a 30-minute drive from downtown Jacksonville.

Hodges was a third-team All-America selection at right tackle as a senior by Pro Football Focus. He was a four-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a senior and junior and second-team honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Hodges became the second Appalachian State player selected by the Jaguars in the NFL Draft, the first since cornerback Demetrius McCray (Round 7, 2013).

The Jaguars earlier Saturday selected Florida linebacker Vontrell Miller (Round 4, No. 121 overall), Oklahoma State defensive end Tyler Lacy (Round 4, No. 130 overall), Louisville linebacker Yasir Abdullah (Round 5, No. 136 overall), Texas A&M safety Antonio Johnson (Round 5, No. 160 overall), Penn State wide receiver Parker Washington (Round 6, No. 185 overall), Rutgers cornerback Christian Braswell (Round 6, No. 202 overall) and Pittsburgh safety Eric Hallett II (Round 7, No. 208) overall.

The Jaguars also on Saturday traded the No. 127 overall selection to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 227 overall selection in 2023 and a fourth-round 2024 selection.

The Jaguars on Friday selected Penn State University tight end Brenton Strange with the No. 61 overall selection (Round 2) and Auburn running back Tank Bigsby with the No. 88 overall selection (Round 3). The Jaguars on Thursday selected University of Oklahoma offensive tackle Anton Harrison in Round 1 – No 27 overall.

The Jaguars hold two more selections in the '23 draft:

  • No. 227 overall (Round 7)
  • No. 240 overall (Round 7)

View all 2023 Jaguars Draft content HERE.

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