Eureka High School standout Jake Hanson was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2020 NFL Draft yesterday after starting at center for four years with the University of Oregon Ducks.
“Grateful for the opportunity, Packers. Excited to start this next chapter!” Hanson wrote on Twitter.
Hanson was taken in the sixth round and was the 208th overall player selected in the draft. He was also the fourth and final player drafted from last year’s U of O squad, which was led by quarterback Justin Herbert, who was picked sixth overall by the San Diego Chargers.
At Eureka High, Hanson was considered a four-star prospect by ESPN. He was ranked as the 36th best offensive tackle in the country and the 39th best player in the state of California.
Hanson chose Oregon over a number of other Division I schools during his senior year with the Loggers in 2015, including the University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, Fresno State, the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, San Jose State and Washington State University.
Hanson joins the ranks of other notable Humboldters to be drafted into the NFL in the modern football era, including Eureka High School star Rey Maualuga, who was taken in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of USC, and Humboldt State lineman Alex Cappa, who was taken in the 3rd Round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Football analysts speculate that Hanson will not immediately start for the Green Bay Packers, but will add much-needed depth to the Packers offensive line.