Saffold Selected in Second Round of NFL Draft
April 23, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana offensive lineman Rodger Saffold was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams made Saffold the first pick of day two and the 33rd selection overall on Friday evening in New York City.
Saffold is the second Hoosier ever selected by St. Louis, joining current Rams defensive end Victor Adeyanju (fourth round, 2006). He is the first Indiana offensive lineman selected in the NFL Draft since Isaac Sowells went to the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round in 2006, and the first IU offensive lineman selected in the second round since Andrew Greene went 53rd to the Miami Dolphins in 1995.
"The entire IU football program is very happy for Rodger Saffold," Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch said. "Rodger was a mainstay on our offensive line and developed into an elite left tackle and one of our team captains. The St. Louis Rams are getting a tremendous football player and a young man who will represent the St. Louis organization in a first-class manner. We congratulate Rodger and look forward to watching his NFL career for many years to come."
Saffold is the third Hoosier second-round selection in three years, as cornerback Tracy Porter (New Orleans) and wide receiver James Hardy (Buffalo) went 40th and 41st, respectively, in 2008. He is Indiana's highest draft pick since defensive end Nathan Davis was selected 32nd by Atlanta in 1997.
A 2009 second team All-Big Ten selection, Saffold became the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). He never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign.
Saffold started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he started all 12 games protecting quarterback Ben Chappell's blind side. The Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks and one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, both of which ranked second in the Big Ten.
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