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Jordan Rodgers likely late-round pick or undrafted free agent

Mar. 29, 2013
 

Aaron Rodgers’ brother didn’t get invited to the NFL scouting combine, but he’ll get a shot to make an NFL team as a late-round draft pick or undrafted rookie.

Jordan Rodgers, who was Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback the past two seasons, took part in Vanderbilt’s Pro Day workout last week in front of approximately 36 scouts representing 24 teams. The biggest concern about him as an NFL prospect is arm strength, so his workout emphasized throwing deep balls.

“I think I showed that I’ve got a bigger arm than they think I had,” said Rodgers to The Tennessean in Nashville. “I didn’t make a ton of huge throws down the field at Vandy. I had some good ones, but I really wanted to air the ball out today deep down the field and hit some deep comebacks, let them know I have the arm strength to play in the league.”

Here’s how the Tennesseean summed up Rodgers’ workout: “Rodgers completed 45 of 52 passes (three drops) in his individual session and was very accurate on 42 of those throws. Throwing was the only thing he did — a groin injury prevented him from running a 40-yard dash or doing the vertical or broad jumps.”

Rodgers has been training in Irvine, Calif., this offseason with about 20 other NFL prospects. He was unable to do any physical testing because of a strained groin but suggested he can the 40-yard dash faster than his brother did coming out of college. Aaron Rodgers ran the 40 in 4.67 seconds.

“In January and early February when we were timing for our guys going to the combine out in Southern California, I was putting up high 4.5s to low 4.6s (in the 40),” Jordan Rodgers said. “I think that’s faster than people think I can run. I would have liked to have put up one of those times today. But hopefully I will still have an opportunity to.”

Last season Rodgers’ NFL-calculated passer rating was 94.3, and he completed 59.9 percent of his passes and had 15 touchdown passes and threw five interceptions.

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