Photo of Zack Hodges

Combine Results

Grade
5.06 ?
  • 4.68 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 250LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

2014: Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Second-team AP FCS All-American. First-team All-Ivy League. Led team with 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. 2013: Named to the AFCA All-American. Earned Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. First-team All-Ivy League team. Started all 10 games. 2012: First-team All-Ivy League. Led Ivy League in tackles for loss and finished second in sacks. 2011: Played in nine games, missing one with a shoulder injury.


Pro Day Results


Vertical jump: 30 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.37 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.73 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Gets upfield with good burst after snap. Good speed to the ball when in back-side pursuit. Has sudden change of direction. Can plant his foot and turn the corner at a tight angle when rushing. Loose, athletic hips. Pushes tackle to high point of arc and can work back underneath effectively. Spin move can become a featured pass-rush weapon. Plays with natural leverage and bend.

Weaknesses

Spotty level of competition. Had sacks where he was barely contested around the corner. Ball awareness is inconsistent and he doesn't always trust his eyes. Lacks NFL bulk. Needs to add functional strength. Gets redirected and knocked off-balance too easily. Raw as a pass rusher with below-average hands. On the ground too often. Evaluators question play demeanor and toughness. Takes undisciplined angles to the quarterback. Showed hip tightness and stiffness when asked to go through linebacker drills at Senior Bowl and Combine.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

O’Brien Schofield

Bottom Line

The edge-bending potential are both there, but Hodges is still very raw and lacks the functional strength to set the edge as a defensive end while lacking the fluidity in space to be a 3-4 outside 'backer. He appears to be a project who must live in the weight room in order to be able to become a more complete physical talent.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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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