Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 4/120 - Gerald Hodges, LB, 6-1, 243, Penn State...Picked for a cover ability that matches the Vikings' Tampa 2-based scheme, Hodges is a former high school quarterback who went to Penn State as a safety. He could provide depth at will linebacker, but may grow into an NFL sam linebacker that can move inside and play deep middle zone coverage in a Cover 2. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 4/120 - Gerald Hodges, LB, 6-1, 243, Penn State...Picked for a cover ability that matches the Vikings' Tampa 2-based scheme, Hodges is a former high school quarterback who went to Penn State as a safety. He could provide depth at will linebacker, but may grow into an NFL sam linebacker that can move inside and play deep middle zone coverage in a Cover 2. - The Sports Xchange
03/24/13 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: The Penn State Nittany Lions ran their pro day out of Holuba Hall in front of 22 teams. The interesting quirk about Holuba Hall is the athletes were able to run the 40-yard dash on a slight decline, allowing for faster times. A total of 14 athletes worked out at the Penn State pro day. Gerald Hodges, LB (6-1 1/2, 233) - The linebacker also opted to do only select drills. Hodges posted a 35-inch vertical, a 4.29 short shuttle and ran the three-cone drill in 7.27 seconds. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/12/13 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: Gerald Hodges, 6-1, 243-pounds, surprisingly elected not to attempt an improvement on a less than ideal time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He did, however, demonstrate very good agility in the short-shuttle drill (4.25 seconds) and a solid 35.5" vertical jump after not testing in these drills in Indianapolis. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/15/13 - EAST WEST SHRINE GAME - MONDAY PRACTICE: In my Shrine Game defensive preview, I predicted Penn State outside linebacker Gerald Hodges might be the highest drafted player from this week. After one practice, I'm standing by that. Without full pads, almost all the drills were limited contact, but that didn't stop Hodges from seeking out the ballcarrier and tackling him with pop. Since he was snubbed from the Senior Bowl, some thought he might not take this week as seriously, but so far, that couldn't be further from the truth. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/11/13 - A pair of Penn State's All-Big Ten honorees - linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) and center Matt Stankiewitch (Orwigsburg) have accepted invitations to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game. The contest is Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. in St. Petersburg, Fla. NFL Network will televise.
A starter in all 25 games the past two years, Hodges was No. 4 in the Big Ten with 109 tackles. A semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, he led the team with seven pass breakups and was tied for second on the squad with two interceptions. He also ranked third with 8.5 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble and one sack.
Hodges was an instrumental part of a Nittany Lion defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg. The Nittany Lions also led the Big Ten and were tied for No. 4 in NCAA Red Zone defense (.64) and ranked No. 23 nationally in rushing defense (128.4 ypg). Hodges was selected the New Jersey Division I College Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey and the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey. - Penn State football