Falcons pick offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in 7th round

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have chosen Eastern Washington offensive lineman Jake Rodgers in the seventh round of the NFL draft.

Rodgers joins running back Tevin Coleman, a second-round pick from Indiana, and receiver Justin Hardy, a fourth-rounder from East Carolina, as the newest additions to the offensive depth chart.

The strongest competition on Atlanta's line is likely to be at left guard, a position Justin Blalock manned for the last eight years, and at right tackle, which currently has Ryan Schraeder listed as starter.

Rodgers signed with Washington State as a tight end and started all 12 games for the Cougars on the offensive line before transferring in 2013 to Eastern Washington.

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