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    Vikings draft Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State in the 4th round

    With the 23rd pick in the fourth round (120 overall) the Minnesota Vikings pick Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minniman View Post
    With the 23rd pick in the fourth round (120 overall) the Minnesota Vikings pick Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
    2013 NFL Draft - SI.com

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    More than a decade ago, an under-sized linebacker (While he weighed 243 at Combine, he did not play that heavy during the season) like Hodges likely would have had no chance of being drafted because size and strength were viewed as vital to be effective run defenders. However, in today's pass first NFL if a linebacker lacks strength to be a force against the run and is just adequate in that area, but shines in pass coverage he has good value because linebackers who are strong in coverage are hard to find. Overall, I do not anticipate Hodges being a high draft choice, but on the third day of the draft some team it going to make a wise choice. He has the talent to develop into a quality starter if he can improve his play against blockers and should excel on special teams coverage units, which gives him more value. .

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    They also break down the positives and negatives.

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    Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
    Height: 6-1
    Weight: 243
    Arm: 32.08
    40 Time: 4.78

    Hodges is a hard nose player with good ball instincts. He has over 100 tackles in each of his last two seasons with Penn State.

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    Yeah, former safety who is also a tackling machine, over 100 tackles past two seasons and led his team both years..

    With us going more press-man on the edges we need better coverage from our linebackers.. I endorse this pick.

    Still would like another corner, maybe another wideout and some o-line depth.


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    The Bears picked OLB Khaseem Greene a few picks before Hodges. They are similar players, but Greene has more upside on paper. He has the better physical skills and had monster stats.

    Both are OLB/Safety size. Greene played both positions in college. He moved from safety to linebacker to begin his junior season. Hodges came in to Penn State to play safety but moved to linebacker as a freshman.

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    Vikings draft Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State in the 4th round

    I am surprised this guy was still on the board. Interesting.

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    Gerald Hodges Draft Profile
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    A converted high school quarterback and successful wrestler (finished third in the state going 40-1 as a junior) from New Jersey, Hodges enrolled early and began his career at safety. He moved to linebacker during his true freshman season due to injuries there, playing in every game (three tackles). Hodges suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg after a hit on the opening kickoff against Alabama in 2010, missing four games. He consistently contributed after his return, starting one game and making 31 tackles, 2.5 for loss, on the year.


    During the trials and tribulations of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the 2011 season, Hodges led Penn State with 106 tackles and also had 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks as a full-time starter and second-team All-Big Ten pick. As a senior in 2012, Hodges totaled 109 tackles (8.5 for loss), a sack, and two interceptions. For the second year in a row, Hodges earned a second-team All-Big Ten selection.
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    Former safety with short-area quickness to handle coverage responsibilities on multiple levels. Stays with running backs and tight ends in man coverage, comes off one target in zone to lay a hit on the underneath route. Flashes downhill speed to wrap up ballcarriers or force them into decisions. Active hands when engaged, willing to be physical. Works through traffic to the ball in tight quarters. Stays with receivers on short outs, can knock away the pass without interfering.

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    Good in pass coverage, can also keep up with RBs

    Sounds good.

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    Glad Spielman took a LB. We needed one for sure & I believe he was projected to go higher as well.

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    Vikings notes: Two Penn State linebackers drafted

    The only time he’s played inside was in a 3-4 scheme at the East-West Shrine game last season.

    “We thought he was a very unique athlete,” Spielman said. “He has the position flexibility to play a lot of different linebacker spots, either the Sam, the Will and we’ll look at him some at Mike.”

    Vikings notes: Two Penn State linebackers drafted | StarTribune.com

    Doesn't sound like Hodges is a shoe-in to start at the MLB spot and maybe will be playing OLB. Will they still get a MLB in FA, move Henderson over to MLB or start Cole at that spot?

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