Gerald Hodges

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“Upstanding citizen. I think he’s a starting Will linebacker all day long. He gives the Vikings versatility.” — Mike Mayock

HISTORY

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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STRENGTHS

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.

WEAKNESSES

Has only average bulk and length to take on NFL-sized linemen and tight ends. Does not consistently take advantage of interception opportunities. Lunges and fail to break down in the open field at times so more elusive ballcarriers can avoid him. Can be fooled on misdirection plays. Needs to prove himself a capable blitzer, doesn’t beat blocks consistently to force quarterbacks into making throws. Will get locked onto blocks, doesn’t always play with proper leverage.

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GIL BRANDT ANALYSIS

Hodges is a converted safety who is growing into a NFL starting Sam linebacker’s frame -– but he still has the movement skills to bring down ballcarriers in space. Hodges most impressive trait is his ability to cover, however. He needs to improve at disengaging from blocks, but his coverage skills will likely see him selected on the second day.

MEL KIPER ANALYSIS

Hodges has the necessary measurables to play linebacker at the pro level, he can run and, as a former safety, has the coverage skills needed to succeed in today’s pass-happy NFL. He is also a good tackler. Hodges won’t be a huge sack guy or give you a lot behind the line of scrimmage, but he has excellent range and he has the necessary aggressiveness to be on the field every down. He wasn’t always impactful at Penn State and he doesn’t bring a “wow” factor to his film grades, but he will fit in nicely at the pro level thanks to his coverage and tackling ability and his experience in the Big Ten. Hodges isn’t a great prospect, but he should be able to find a home on an NFL roster.

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114 comments on “Gerald Hodges

  1. From everything I’ve read it looks like Joe Webb is carving out a nice niche for himself. Wouldn’t it be cool if he becomes a model for young receivers based on his knowledge of the QB position? The great equalizer! (Or how about the great rectifier NW2?)

    • Touchee!!

      Now, if I could only figure out where the damn thing is located on the bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAARRGH!!!!!!! After pulling off my fairing and examining the OUTSIDE of the engine, I can only deduce that to cut on wind drag they conveniently located it INSIDE the engine.

      Or is this one of those made up parts that mechanics like to use to add to the bill? “Yeah, we changed the oil, but then we noticed that your floptagoodle was snapped clean in two, so for your own safety we had to replace it. Luckily, we keep a good supply of floptagoodles for emergencies……..that’d be another $375 on the bill.”

  2. So I feel a need to weigh in on our freedom/troll issue. Since the illustrious dickfart deertracks showed up, every cowardly post of his has either attacked one or more of us, or been an intolerant hate filled rant. While I truly respect and even agree with Parody and Titus about freedom and slippery slopes, I didn’t make this forum to listen to negative intolerant bullshit. Guess I will be the dictator(again) and make sure that that blue chicken doesn’t spoil our purple fun.

    Be gone with you Chicken!

  3. For a year now, this blog managed to get along JUST FINE without any set guidelines.
    One guideline should only be necessary…..Be a douche, get a warning., continue and get banned.

  4. My apologies to Sir Paul
    by Paul McCartney
    LATE AT NIGHT WHEN THE BLOG IS STILL,
    I’LL COME FLYING THROUGH ITS DOOR.
    AND YOU’LL KNOW WHAT BIRDSHOT IS FOR,
    I’M A BLUEBIRD, I’M A DOUCHEBAG, I’M A BLUEBIRD, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.
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  5. Three comments here.
    @HCG – rectifier on a Kawasaki
    @Nova- well said? Rules? We got no stinkin rules!
    And 3. Titus posted a stringer
    OK OK…4. NW- it’s not inside the motor, should be in the glob of wires somewhere near the battery… Promise

  6. Well, it’s back. HCG…I don’t mind being the ‘bad guy’, up here we don’t adhere to your Constitution.
    Try and be nice, BB7, or I’ll keep clicking on ‘The Weather Network’.

  7. Do you believe in second chances Nova? Give him a little while to adjust to his new environment. If he continues to cheese everyone off after a week or so, we can let him go. He can’t hurt the site. The worst he can do is stink it up a bit, and what’s the harm in that? It is the offseason afterall.

  8. GIPF-Great group of posts dude!

    I am sorry that our site has been marred by the fallout of .com
    But fellow VFB bloggers, I bring good news! As my mentor told me back in ’97 when I started my business-he said don’t worry about the others, they will weed themselves out.

  9. GIPF-Great group of posts dude.

    Sorry that our site has been marred by the fallout of .com
    But, as my mentor once told me back in ’97 when I started my line of work, he said “dont worry about the others, they will weed themselves out.”

  10. Seriously though, Bluebird does not think like an adult and doesn’t understand what we’re trying to do for him. He just takes it as an opportunity to insult everyone again. I don’t like banning people but he’s he’s done it to himself, this will continue to go on because he can see us bickering amongst ourselves and will keep lighting the fire. If no one will do it I will do it.

  11. Bluebird, I have tried to defend you here, but posts like this one make it very difficult for me to stand in your corner. If you feel “attacked,” why stay here? A wise choice is to walk away or speak with a soft voice to turn away anger– posts like the one you just made only light a fire– and then you seem surprised at the results. Ask yourself: “Why am I posting here?” If you are only here to “defend” yourself, then why bother? Be secure in who you are and move along– you served our country and I applaud you– you can stand tall and not throw insults—Or join the conversation and not take everything as a personal attack.

  12. It’s a fake email anyways, Deertracks, but at least you went out swinging with that post. Take care of yourself dude, I truly hope you can find a way to live without so much hate and conflict. Drama is fine, but it’s not welcomed here, and you were informed of that. Peace.

  13. I see Titus mentioned BB7 is post military. I hope his rage is not caused by some disorder. I think we all are humanitarians by our own right and never wish ill on anyone. At least I don’t, and I hope we all can find that inner peace. Including you BB7, please seek help if that’s the case.

    • Parody, he called you. me .Shawn and just about everybody else down. He called HCG a ‘fat nazi’. I have had it with that clown, I’ll edit every worthless post he brings here. I don’t care,

  14. Well, Parody, I wondered– why doesn’t he just scroll up and look- and I see BB7 graduated meteorology school since this afternoon, and changed his post. Did I ever tell you guys about my time in Nova Scotia, including beautiful Cape Breton Island?

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