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Grade
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  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 234LBS. Weight

Overview

Earned second-team All-Mountain West honors as a junior after being a special teams coverage leader his first two seasons. Hodge followed that up with a first-team All-Mountain West performance as a senior, making 91 tackles including 10 for loss. His eight sacks led all Football Bowl Subdivision defensive backs in 2007, though he basically played linebacker in TCU's defense and blitzed often. The question for NFL teams will be whether he's a safety, weak-side linebacker or a special teams player.

Analysis

Strengths

Strengths: Adequate height with stocky, strong safety build and long arms. ... Big hitter who will lay the wood when the ballcarrier is lined up in his sights. ... Finds his way through traffic inside to attack the ball. ... Quick in his drop and can handle zone coverage outside at the second level. ... Hustles downfield and reads screens quickly. ... Could be a special teams force at the next level, like he was early in his college career, due to his secure tackling and aggressive nature. Weaknesses: Safety-linebacker "tweener." ... Plays in the box most of the time in the 3-3-5 defense, basically as a linebacker. ... Is not as physical as he should be. ... Runs around blocks because he has trouble getting off them. ... High and choppy in his backpedal. ... Takes poor angles at times and does not have the fluid hips or lateral speed to handle man coverage responsibilities. ... Statistics inflated by aggressive TCU defensive scheme that had him constantly blitzing.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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