Nov 17, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Gerald Hodges (6) attempts to make a tackle on Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Nick Stoner (14) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Indiana 45-22. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Lurtsema: Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Gerald Hodges is a ‘sleeper’

Despite being a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, former Penn St. linebacker Gerald Hodges is getting a lot of attention from fans and media.

Former Vikings’ defensive lineman Bob Lurtsema, founder of, describes Hodges as  “the one to watch” and a “sleeper,” according to Lurtsema says he likes the field awareness and speed of Hodges.

There is a realistic chance that Hodges opens the 2013 season as a starting outside linebacker, with Erin Henderson moving to middle linebacker.

The Vikings already told Hodges that they expect him to have an impact right away and team director of college scouting Scott Studwell recently said that Hodges projects as an outside linebacker for the team.

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  • Charles Stocks

    I think he’ll be good, but I am really curious to see what Mauti is all about. How far along in his recovery is he?

    • Nam Huynh

      He will not participate in rookie mini camp and other OTAs. He hopes to return by Training Camp. So…. he will have a lot of catch up to do to win the job. Coach Frazier is still very high on him though.

      • Charles Stocks

        Maybe they’ll bring him along like Jarius Wright last year. Give him half a season to learn and heal properly. I think he may be the answer in the middle long term