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Texans select...Lincoln Hodgdon
C | (6'2", 309, 5.28) | ARIZONA STATE
Strengths: Is a player on the rise who clearly benefited from the move from OG to OC. Has adequate height and the frame to add a little bit more bulk. Is quick and has good short-area mobility. Very good lateral movement skills. Is at his best laterally and in short area. Takes good angles as a run blocker and has improved his ability to consistently get to his assignment on the second level. Possesses above average athleticism. Takes good angles, plays under control and can hit the moving target. Is a feisty blocker that works to finish and will do what it takes to complete his assignment. Utilizes the cut-block well. Has a quick set in pass pro. Shows good awareness, balance and the ability to mirror and slide.
Weaknesses: Has adequate height but lacks good bulk. Does not have a great base and needs to improve his lower body strength. Struggles to anchor vs. a powerful bull rush. Will need help when covered by massive two-gap NT's in the running game. Does not get a good enough push as a run blocker and needs to be in great position and be playing with great leverage to complete his assignments. Has decent but not great athleticism. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes.
Overall: Hodgdon was a heavyweight weightlifting champion in high school but he also tore his left ACL. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2000 and was a reserve interior offensive lineman as a redshirt freshman in 2001 before becoming a fulltime starter at right guard in 2002. He moved to center in 2003, where he was the fulltime starter his final two seasons at Arizona State. Hodgdon lacks exceptional tools but he is a player that continues to improve and has excelled since his move from OG to OC. He has below average bulk and strength, and he doesn't have great downfield mobility. He is, however, an above average athlete with good lateral movement skills and short-area agility. He also is technically sound, efficient, tough and durable. Hodgdon has a passion for the game and shows a very good work-ethic on and off the field. Overall, Hodgdon might not have the upside to develop into a starter at in the NFL but he's a versatile interior offensive lineman that could potentially serve as a backup at OC and OG. He's the type of worker that a team wants on the bottom-half of its roster and he'll give a great effort as a camp-body and practice player, which helps in terms of his value as a late round prospect.
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Drew Hodgdon, OC, Arizona State
Height: 6:02.6 Weight: 309
Overview: Hodgdon was the unquestioned team leader who anchored the ASU offensive line at center, but also proved that he was capable of playing offensive guard. He played in 45 career games with 34 starts. Hodgdon was one of two players on the team in 2004 to have already earned his undergraduate degree. He was recognized as the Hard Hat Champion in each of his last two seasons for his dedication and hard work in the weight room ASU ranked in the top 20 in the nation in passing offense (ninth in 2002, 20th in 2003 and fifth in 2004) in each of his last three seasons. The Sun Devils also turned in the top three single-season passing efforts in school history in each of Hodgdon's last three years. Hodgdon was a two-way lineman at Palo Alto High, where he also excelled in wrestling, posting a 63-1 record in his last two years on the mat. He redshirted in 2000 at ASU, as the coaches felt he was not in good enough condition (330 pounds) to contribute. He saw limited action in ten games the following season. With the arrival of the new coaching staff, he dropped close to forty pounds and eventually would win the starting right guard job in 2002. He shifted to center in 2003, starting twelve games. During 2004 fall camp, he suffered a right foot fracture while blocking ASU linebacker Justin Beck on a screen pass Aug. 3. The collision forced him to the ground and he heard a pop. Surgery was performed the following day, forcing Hodgdon to miss the season's first three games vs. Texas-El Paso, Northwestern and Iowa. Hodgdon returned to action vs. Oregon State and moved back into the starting lineup the next week vs. Oregon, but did not perform as well as he did in 2003. He finished the year with 34 knockdowns, including five touchdown-resulting blocks, but was penalized four times, gave up seven pressures and allowed a pair of sacks.
Analysis: Positives...Has some snap in his hips along with good body control, balance and good feet...Shows good initial quickness in the drive block and stays after the defender...Can combo block, reach and cutoff in space...Stays on his feet well, displaying good lateral movement and the ability to adjust on the move...Can pull and log block, showing good knee bend in his pass protection...Can anchor fairly well and shows a good mirror ability to pick up twists and blitzes...Hard worker with a very competitive nature...Has quick feet and the upper body strength to hold firmly vs. the stunts and bull rush...Possesses large hands, showing proper usage of them to get underneath an opponent's jersey...Has great straight-ahead explosiveness and the fluid hip movements to get out to the flats...Type of player that must rely on his quickness to compensate for a lack of ideal bulk (best when playing at the 305-pound range)...Good knee bender who gets decent space movement... On drive blocks, he is not the type who will knock people off the ball, as he is more of a position-and-turn type who excels at getting on and cutting off linebackers...Has enough foot speed and body control to pull and lead on sweeps.
Negatives...Little too light in his lower frame, failing to generate a power drive to anchor vs. a strong bull rush...Smooth in his pass set and slide, but a poor hand punch results in some defenders slipping off his initial hit...His pass set is okay, but his punch and use of hands could be better...Needs to add more bulk and experiments with that in the past robbed him of his quickness and agility...Lacks lateral agility...Needs to improve the bulk content and power of his legs, as he can be driven back due to poor foot plant structure... as some knee bend, but looks very uncomfortable shuffling back in pass protection...Arms are shorter than ideal, limiting him to an interior blocking assignment...Won't deliver that forceful punch to rock defenders back and needs to get better separation after delivering the initial hit.
Agility tests: COMBINE: 5.31 in the 40-yard dash...3.12 20-yard dash...1.86 10-yard dash...4.45 20-yard shuttle...7.49 cone drill...32.5-inch vertical jump...9'1" broad jump...32-inch arm length...10-inch hands...Bench presses 225 pounds 24 times...26 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Palo Alto (Cal.) High School...Member of the Tacoma News Tribune's "Western 100" listing...All-Western Region pick by Prep Star...Earned first-team all-SCVAL League honors in 1998 and 1999...Most Valuable Player of the offensive line in the league in 1999 and Most Valuable Player of the wrestling team in 1997 and 1999 and was second-team all-CCS in 1999...Macy Scholar-Athlete...Won the Palo Alto Athletic Award and MVP for line-men for Palo Alto...Had one interception for 17 yards and 17 quarterback sacks in 1997... From 1997 until 1998, he compiled a 63-1 record in wrestling...California heavyweight Capitol City weightlifting champion...Lettered three times in football, twice in wrestling and once in track and field...Captained the football team in 1999 and the wrestling team in 1998.
Personal: Earned his bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Justice Studies and Sociology) in May of 2004...Son of Leigh and Catherine Hodgdon...Born Lincoln Andrew Hodgdon on 11/15/81...Resides in Palo Alto, California.
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