While Jordan Rodgers had to wait for three days for the NFL draft's completion, it didn't take nearly that long for him to find a team as an undrafted free agent. Rodgers, a former Pleasant Valley High and Butte College standout, announced on his Twitter feed, @JRodgers11, shortly after the draft finished Saturday that he was "So proud to be a Jacksonville Jaguar. Opportunity is all I can ask for. Excited to get back on the field." Rodgers reiterated that later as he said by phone Saturday evening he was "excited for the opportunity" that the Jacksonville Jaguars presented. Next up for Rodgers, who's in Chico, is to fly out Wednesday in time to report to the team's minicamp on Thursday. "I just got the skeleton details today. I'll find out the rest tomorrow," he said. During the later rounds, Rodgers said the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos were in contact, showing an interest in him either as a draft pick or as an undrafted free agent. But the 49ers chose University of South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels in the seventh round at 237th overall, and the Broncos took Miami of Ohio quarterback Zac Dysert in the seventh round at 234th overall. Rodgers said he did expect to get drafted, but he also knew there was a chance he wouldn't be selected. That left Rodgers a chance to choose among the teams that had an interest in him. He went with the Jaguars over the Detroit Lions. Jacksonville has a new front office and new coach with Gus Bradley, who previously served as the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator. That means they have no ties to the quarterbacks already on the roster. The Jaguars could have chosen another quarterback in this year's draft after Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick of the 2011 draft, had yet to establish himself. Instead, the Jaguars focused on their secondary, and possibly special teams as well, as they took defensive backs with their final three picks Saturday. Among their eight total selections, five defensive backs were picked. Their top selection, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, the second overall pick, is expected to protect the quarterback's blind side. Their other offensive selections were Ace Sanders, a wide receiver from South Carolina, who went in the fourth round at 101st overall, and Denard Robinson, a former quarterback at Michigan but who is expected to transition to another position — running back. Robinson went in the fifth round at 135rd. "It's a great opportunity with the situation they have," Jordan Rodgers said. Rodgers said the Jaguars are likely to sign another undrafted quarterback. Gabbert and Chad Henne are two quarterbacks already on the Jaguars' roster. Some NFL teams keep two quarterbacks and others keep three on their roster. Rodgers said he chose the Jaguars over the Lions because a better chance to compete for a role. The Lions have established starter Matthew Stafford, who set an NFL record for most attempts in a season with 727 last year. The Jaguars don't have someone like Stafford, who was the first overall pick in 2009.
Aaron Rodgers' brother Jordan Rodgers joins Jacksonville Jaguars
ChicoER | Apr 28