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Harvard edge rusher Zack Hodges elected not to bench or run the 40 at Wednesday's pro day.

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported Wednesday that a "number of teams have removed [Hodges] from their board. ... I'm told his interviews, dating back to the Senior Bowl, have not gone well and rubbed people the wrong way." According to Pauline's sources, Hodges "did not look all that good" in his work out. He didn't lift at the combine because of a shoulder issue, and then "complained about his knee through much of the morning" on Wednesday. Hodges is a bit of a tweener, so attitude issues could spur a draft day tumble.
Mar 12 - 9:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "many scouts came away impressed with" Harvard OG Nick Easton at Wednesday's pro day.

The 6-foot-2 3/4, 303-pounder hoisted up 29 reps on the bench. Easton added a 30.5-inch vertical jump and clocked a 5.11 forty. Easton, a two-time All-Ivy League pick, was selected to the FCS North All-America first team and the All-New England team last season.
Mar 12 - 6:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "number of teams have removed [Harvard edge rusher Zack Hodges] from their board."

This is a rather shocking report, and we're going to allow Pauline to explain to you why: "Hodges ... complained about his knee through much of the morning. When he did participate, he did not look all that good. Hodges did not lift at the combine because of a shoulder issue. All through the pre-draft process I've heard red-flags have been raised on Hodges. I'm told his interviews, dating back to the Senior Bowl, have not gone well and rubbed people the wrong way." Previously, Hodges had been described by Pauline as having "a quirky personality that may not sit well with some." Those concerns may be coming to fruition.
Mar 11 - 3:34 PM

Harvard senior edge rusher Zack Hodges "will convert from college defensive end to NFL outside linebacker," according to ESPN's Todd McShay

Yes he will. At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Hodges isn't big enough to play DE in the NFL, which is why CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote yesterday that scouts were eager to see Hodges in a traditional linebacker position at the Senior Bowl. Harvard HC Tim Murphy believes Hodges is a future 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, and Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, agrees with him. "The questions for Hodges are whether he can effectively drop in coverage and whether he can get to the QB when working against top offensive tackle prospects," McShay wrote. "He'll be facing a big jump in competition going against the likes of [T.J.] Clemmings and Rob Havenstein in practice, and he needs to have a good showing to cement his place on Day 2."
Jan 20 - 7:19 PM

Evaluators are eager to see Harvard senior edge rusher Zack Hodges in a traditional linebacker position at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Arguably the top 'small school' prospect at the Senior Bowl, Hodges will look to do what WR Tre McBride did at the East-West Shrine Game and show he can have success against FBS talent," Brugler wrote. "Hodges played a hybrid role at Harvard, lining up inside, outside and also standing up as a rusher, so scouts will be eager to see how Hodges looks at a traditional linebacker spot." Hodges, a three-year starter, is an athletic and powerful edge rusher. Harvard HC Tim Murphy believes Hodges is a future 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, and Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, agrees with him.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 20 - 1:03 AM

Harvard senior edge rusher Zach Hodges "could be a Day 2 selection come April," according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.

"This is the window of draft season when small-school stars gain a foothold in the public consciousness. So take a good look at Hodges this week, because he very well could be a Day 2 selection come April," Burke wrote. The Ivy League's Co-Defensive Player of the Year recorded 8.5 sacks this season and registered 27.0 for his career. Burke notes that Hodges "is explosive off the line and might thrive in one-on-one drills during the week."
Jan 19 - 10:49 PM

Harvard senior OG Nick Easton accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Easton was selected to the FCS North All-America first team and the All-New England team this season. He's also a two-time All-Ivy League pick. Some have measured him closer to 6-foot-2. Easton will no doubt have to erase questions of size and strength during postseason auditions with scouts.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 07:00:00 PM

Harvard senior edge rusher Zach Hodges "has impressive quickness for an Ivy Leaguer," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hodges on Monday accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl. He "will have a chance to show he belongs in the same discussion as prospects from the SEC and Big Ten while in Mobile," wrote Brugler. The analyst is on record as saying he thinks Hodges could be a top 100 selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:58:00 AM

Harvard senior edge rusher Zack Hodges accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Hodges, we should note, now spells his name "Zack" instead of "Zach." A consensus preseason FCS All-American candidate, Hodges, a three-year starter, is an athletic and powerful edge rusher. Harvard HC Tim Murphy believes Hodges is a future 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, and Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, agrees with him. "Zack is an intriguing developmental prospect as an NFL 3-4 OLB with potential starter ability (meaning within 3 years)," Savage wrote. "In the meantime, he can contribute as a 3rd down pass rusher and as a core special teamer. He has the size, overall quickness and playmaking talent to be effective in the pros, if he can master the run/pass keys required of an OLB. His overall playing instincts as an OLB projection would be the biggest question mark on him at this time."
Source: Senior Bowl
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Harvard senior edge rusher Zach Hodges has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

It is quite an addition of Hodges sticks with this All Star game and does not get an early invite to the Senior Bowl. The athletic and powerful edge rusher has been productive from both three and two point stances. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Hodges could be a top 100 selection.
Source: Shrine Game
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 01:25:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Harvard senior DE Zach Hodges "has made a strong case to be a top-100 pick next spring."

"While "The Game" between Harvard and Yale is one of sport's most historic rivalries, the annual match-up rarely includes players with hopes of playing in the NFL. But this year's game featured a few next level players, including Hodges who has made a strong case to be a top-100 pick next spring," Brugler wrote. The Harvard prospect was an FCS All-American last year and the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. While Harvard has only produced 20 NFL draft picks in school history, Brugler notes that Hodges "looks like No. 21."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 02:03:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Harvard senior DE Zach Hodges is a "future NFL player."

"I didn't include this game in my preview, but Yale-Harvard also worth checking out, mainly because of DE/LB Zach Hodges. Future NFL player," Brugler tweeted. Brugler has also mentioned in the past that Hodges "is a potential top-100 pick." The Harvard prospect was an FCS All-American last year and the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 02:28:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Harvard senior DE Zach Hodges will get invited to the Shrine Game then receive an invitation to the combine.

"Teams love players that can rush the passer and Hodges has made a living doing as much in the Ivy league," Pauline wrote. "Though a bit inconsistent this season Hodges has totaled 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in four games. He’s athletic, quick and easily moves about the field, rushing the passer or pursuing the action. Hodges, graded as a potential late round pick entering the season, comes with an upside but a quirky personality that may not sit well with some." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Hodges is a potential top-100 pick. Hodges, an FCS All-American last year and the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, has collected 92 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception over the past three seasons.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 06:24:00 PM

Harvard senior DE Zach Hodges is a potential top-100 prospect for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

NFLDraftScout.com names him as the No. 2 senior outside linebacker prospect. "Hodges has an excellent first step with instant acceleration and nonstop momentum towards the ball, taking sharp angles with perceptive vision," Brugler wrote. "He plays with low pad level and natural leverage to power through the line of scrimmage while staying balanced through contact despite his lean-limbed frame, lacking ideal bulk." Hodges, an FCS All-American last year and the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, has collected 92 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception over the past three seasons. "Hodges tends to be overaggressive and needs to control his energy to consistently break down and not wear himself out," Brugler wrote. "But his motor is much more of a positive than a negative, using his relentless mentality and active playing style to only be blocked for so long."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Harvard senior DE Zach Hodges told NFLDraftScout.com he isn't worried about being overlooked during the draft process.

"The NFL looks for players wherever they can find them," Hodges said. "I've seen a ton of guys above me get the opportunity and take advantage of playing at the next level." Hodges, an FCS All-American last year and the 2013 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, has collected 92 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception over the past three seasons. "Hodges has excellent first step quickness with instant acceleration and nonstop momentum towards the ball that can only be blocked for so long," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observed. "He stays balanced through contact and low to the ground, allowing him to generate power at the point of attack with natural leverage and active play style. Hodges needs to refine his pass rush moves and contain his aggressive nature to limit his wild angles, but it's easy to see why scouts have highlighted the Harvard hybrid pass rusher on watch lists."
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 02:37:00 PM


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