Just over one week ago, Oregon State had its most successful NFL Draft weekend since the 2015 season with several Beavs finding new homes in the NFL whether it was hearing their name come off the Big Board on draft night or signed as an undrafted free agent.
Those who were drafted were: quarterback Jake Luton (round six, pick 189 to the Jacksonville Jaguars); offensive lineman Blake Brandel (round six, pick 203 to the Minnesota Vikings); and wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (round six, pick 207 to the Buffalo Bills).
Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin’ Beavs Podcast:
All three guys - just fired up for each of them. Well deserved. I think all three of those guys can play at that level. — Coach Smith
The NFL Draft is full of surprises, but one thing in particular that did not surprise Smith at all was Jake Luton getting drafted.
We got a bunch of calls on him leading into the draft because some of it was on his tape. He was doing NFL things: playing under center, play action passes, had a great year. Felt pretty comfortable going into it that Luton was going to get himself drafted. — Coach Smith
Luton is headed to the opposite end of the country, approximately 44 hours and just under 3,000 miles away to Jacksonville, Florida. He will be in competition with second-year QB “Minshew Mania” Gardner Minshew II, who was also a sixth round selection by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft, and recorded 21 passing touchdowns and 3,271 passing yards in 2019, both the most by a rookie in franchise history.
You can listen to the full podcast with Coach Smith and host Nigel Burton here.