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If your NFL team is looking for an athletic off ball linebacker, and you want to get them for a steal, then keep an eye on Khalil Hodge from Buffalo.
Hodge spent three years playing for the Buffalo Bulls after transferring from the City College of San Francisco. Hodge helped lead the City College of San Francisco to a state championship in 2015.
Moving to division one opposition didn’t slow Hodge down a bit. As a sophomore -he started all 12 games at inside linebacker and racked up a team-high 123 tackles on the year. That was good for second in UB’s FBS era for a single season.
The following year he broke UB’s FBS record with a 154 tackle campaign. He led the MAC and ranked second in the nation. Along with 154 tackles, added 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
His senior campaign was just about as dominant. Hodge had 144 tackles on the year 2.5 sacks and an interception. He was named first team all conference for the effort.
Why should you want your NFL team to go after Hodge with a mid round pick?
He’s been one of the best sideline-to-sideline linebackers in college football for three seasons. Hodge has shown amazing range and an ability to sniff out the play so he gets to the ball quickly.
Hodge is great at slipping blocks and getting first step acceleration after the move.
Very good hands and effective as a zone cover linebacker, he knows how to get back and read the quarterback so he’s in the right position to cause some problems.
He’s a fundamentally sound, technical tackler who rarely misses once he engages the ball carrier.
What might you worry about with Hodge:
He’s not particularly strong as a man coverage option on guys coming out of the backfield.
I’ve seen everything from round three to UDFA. I have a feeling he will sneak into a late day two pick or an early day three.
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