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Gerald Hodges | Linebacker

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/17/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 243
College: Penn State
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Second-year LB Gerald Hodges received some work with the first-team defense at Vikings OTAs.
He's competing in a crowded linebacker corps. Hodges' best fit is weak-side 'backer, but Chad Greenway has that position locked down, and first-round pick Anthony Barr is manning the strong side. Audie Cole and Jasper Brinkely are vying in the middle. In all likelihood, Hodges will enter the season playing special teams and as the primary backup at both outside linebacker spots. Jun 7 - 9:56 AM

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Vikings agreed to terms with No. 120 overall pick LB Gerald Hodges on a four-year contract.

A pure outside 'backer, Hodges is currently penciled in on the weak side for Minnesota. Hodges is not an elite athlete (4.78 40-yard dash), but has adequate size (6-foot-1, 243 pounds) and is a strong tackler. He could develop into a multi-year starter.
Tue, May 14, 2013 01:41:00 PM

Vikings selected Penn State OLB Gerald Hodges with the No. 120 overall pick.

Hodges (6-foot-1, 243) played outside 'backer in the Nittany Lions' 4-3 and registered 109 tackles -- 8.5 for loss -- seven pass breakups, two interceptions, and one forced fumble as a senior. He ran 4.78 at the Combine with a 1.67 ten-yard split and did 22 bench-press reps. Hodges can play both WILL and SAM and is a sure enough tackler to develop into a passable NFL starter. He was among the team leaders that impressively guided Penn State through the Jerry Sandusky scandal fallout.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 01:14:00 PM

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