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smiley4805


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this pick. I'm excited to see this LB battle. Greenway, Hodges, Henderson, Cole, Mauti. I love them all, I can't wait.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hodges suffered an injury on the opening kickoff of the season in 2010, but was an emerging force upon returning to the lineup for the second half of the season. He finished with 31 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups.

That foreshadowed his breakthrough 2011 season, in which Hodges earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, finishing with 106 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, four passes broken up and an interception. He tacked on another 109 tackles as a senior, again being named all Big-Ten.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1664293/gerald-hodges
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read somehwere that Henderson has basically been told he'll be playing the mike. Hodges will most likely be a playmaking will, with great coverage skill for the nickel.

I'll try and find the link.

I love the pick and willingness to think outside the box in order to get the most explosive players on the field.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thrilled when we selected Gerald Hodges.

Wasn't a DB/safety at Penn State so much as he was the hybrid LB "Hero," but he has experience as a defensive back. He wasn't moved back to linebacker because he wasn't adept at playing in the backfield, but because his skill-set is much better suited for it. He has plus coverage skills and impressive overall lateral fluidity. Strong at the point of attack -- doesn't get run over, rarely over pursues, can play downhill, etc. A little bit of size aside, we got the total package in Hodges.

Very easily could have been a second day player, but the position he plays holds very little draft day value. I remember being very excited when we stole him from Rutgers while he came out of Paulsboro. Now I'm very excited to see we stole him coming out of the draft.

Erin's bulking and will slide into the middle, Gerald will compete for time at Will.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hodges will be given a chance to compete. He's not being handed the job. Others like Marvin Mitchell and Larry Dean are also going to get shots.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like time no see PP07! I was wondering when you would show that Penn State pride of yours.
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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rpmwr19 wrote:
Like time no see PP07! I was wondering when you would show that Penn State pride of yours.


Hah.

Been a long time coming, my friend. Hard not to get excited as a Viking fan after what we were able to do. Purple pride!
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rpmwr19 wrote:
Hodges will be given a chance to compete. He's not being handed the job. Others like Marvin Mitchell and Larry Dean are also going to get shots.


I still think Erin and Marvin are penciled in as the starters at this point. Don't rush with Mike and Gerald, let them earn their spots.

SLB - Greenway / Dean
MLB - Henderson / Cole / Mauti
WLB - Mitchell / Hodges

The nice thing about both these rookies is that they have positional flexibility. At this point, I think Cole is strictly a MIKE and Dean is strictly a special teamer. Not much flexibility with those two, and I think they should be worried about their jobs going into camp.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hodges: "I'll do whatever I can. I'm just going to continue working hard with two of the greatest linebacker coaches. But my mindset isn't to come in and be a backup."

http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/My_mindset_isnt_to_be_a_backup_Vikings_rookie_Gerald_Hodges_says050413
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Klomp wrote:
rpmwr19 wrote:
Hodges will be given a chance to compete. He's not being handed the job. Others like Marvin Mitchell and Larry Dean are also going to get shots.


I still think Erin and Marvin are penciled in as the starters at this point. Don't rush with Mike and Gerald, let them earn their spots.

SLB - Greenway / Dean
MLB - Henderson / Cole / Mauti
WLB - Mitchell / Hodges

The nice thing about both these rookies is that they have positional flexibility. At this point, I think Cole is strictly a MIKE and Dean is strictly a special teamer. Not much flexibility with those two, and I think they should be worried about their jobs going into camp.


I think Cole could play SLB if asked too. He has good size and seems to do a nice job in coverage.

Id still like to bring in Urlacher as a veteran stop gap, if he can lower his price and MN can clear some cap. its probably not a necessity, but I think it would do a lot for the LB corps, especially in coverage. I still dont trust Erin Henderson in deep drops down the middle of the field and I think he fits that WLB role really well as a two down player.

Hodges would then be the 4th LB, and maybe a nickel player if Urlacher struggles there. I still dont see Henderson as a nickel LB.
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It seems Hodges has the skills to be the starting WLB, and in on nickel packages due to his experience as a S. I think that decision will be based on how well he picks up the Vikings scheme in training camp and pre-season.

I expect Henderson to lose some speed when he adds weight to play MLB, so he will be a 2 down LB, leaving the field on nickel packages or obvious passing downs.

For the first few games, though, Hodges may not start over Mitchell.

I don't think it's likely that the Vikings add Urlacher at this point. The money is needed to sign the 3 first round picks, which was stated as $12M of signing bonus money in another thread. The Vikings will just struggle through 'growing pains' at WLB and MLB for a few games.

Something no one has mentioned recently, or I didn't notice if it was mentioned; who will be calling the defensive signals this year? Did Brinkley do that, or was it Greenway, last year?
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That $12 million signing bonus figure is usually spread out over the life of the contract. they wont take a $12M cap hit in 2013.

As for Hodges, I am not sure how i feel giving a late 4th rd pick such a big role as a three down starter. Its isnt conventional, but if he deserves to be on the field for three downs, so be it. I would consider that best case scenario.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The $12M is paid out now, but for cap purposes it is spend out over the life of the 3 contracts.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2013 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
That $12 million signing bonus figure is usually spread out over the life of the contract. they wont take a $12M cap hit in 2013.

As for Hodges, I am not sure how i feel giving a late 4th rd pick such a big role as a three down starter. Its isnt conventional, but if he deserves to be on the field for three downs, so be it. I would consider that best case scenario.


The decision will be based, as you alluded to in the latter part of the bold type part of your post, on cover skill, not draft position.

Henderson's cover skill << Hodges cover skill. Correct?

The first few games may be a bit rough for the young LBs, but that's to be expected for all rookies in the NFL.
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CriminalMind wrote:
The $12M is paid out now, but for cap purposes it is spend out over the life of the 3 contracts.


Thanx 4 the 411. I got it from another post and didn't think it through before posting.

So, $12M spread over 5 year rookie 1st round contracts means about $2.4M in signing bonus money hits the cap. There must be some restructuring OR lowering of his salary demands, to be able to bring in Urlacher. I think they go with the yutes and bite the bullet on the results while the yutes are learning on the job.
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