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Depth and Talent Added To Vikings Roster On Draft's Final Day

Posted Apr 27, 2013

4th Round (#120 overall): LB Gerald Hodges (Click Here For Full Bio)
-- Measures in at 6-1, 243 pounds
-- A high school QB but converted to S at Penn State
-- Was moved to LB during true freshman season because of injuries at position
-- Totaled 215 tackles, 18.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and 2 INTs during junior and senior seasons
-- 2-time 2nd-Team All-Big 10 LB

Mike Mayock’s analysis: “Upstanding citizen. I think he's a starting Will linebacker all day long. He gives the Vikings versatility.”

5th Round (#155 overall): P Jeff Locke (Click Here For Full Bio)
-- Left-footed punter out of UCLA who measures in at 6-0, 209 pounds
-- Punting average of 44.6 yards is 2nd in school history
-- Increased punts inside the 20 every season (18-19-26-34)
-- Handled kickoff duties at UCLA (264 career kicks) and registered a touchback on 46.6% of kickoffs
-- Led PAC-12 in punting average as a sophomore, punts inside the 20 (34) as a senior and touchbacks on kickoffs (68) as a senior.

Charles Davis’ analysis: “One of the biggest value is his kickoff ability. I believe he led the NCAA in touchbacks. This kid hits it.”

6th Round (#196 overall): OG Jeff Baca (Click Here For Full Bio)
*Traded back from #189 to #196 with Tampa Bay and acquired additional 7th-round pick (#229)
-- Measures in at 6-3, 302 pounds
-- 45 career starts, with 25 at OG and 20 at OT for UCLA
--  Registered 12 starts, 11 at guard, as a senior
-- Named 2nd-Team All-Pac 12 after 2012 season
-- 8 starts at LT as a true freshman in 2008, moved to OG in 2009
-- NFL.com scouting report: “As tenacious a blocker as there is in this draft class.”
-- Was top performer for position group at Combine in 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle

7th Round (#213 overall): ILB Michael Mauti (Click Here For Full Bio)
-- Versatile LB in college, played all 3 positions and has instincts to play middle LB in NFL
-- Dealt with injuries (torn right and left ACL)
-- Big 10 LB of the Year and 1st-Team All-American in 2012 after tallying 95 tackles, 4 TFLs and 2.5 sacks.
-- Father, Rich, was WR/KR at Penn State and played 7 season in the NFL (6 with New Orleans, 1 with Washington).

7th Round (#214 overall): OG Travis Bond (Click Here For Full Bio)
-- The 6-6, 329-pound mammoth carries the nickname “Treetops”
-- Versatile linemen with starting OG and OT experience over 4 seasons at UNC
-- Dropped 40 pounds after his junior season
-- Good blocker on the move and can get to the 2nd level
-- Can play with too high of pad level
-- NFL.com scouting report: Powerful when balanced on drive blocks, keeps his legs churning to push the pile. Flashes attitude to take his man away from piles as the whistle blows.

7th Round (#229 overall): Everett Dawkins (Click Here For Full Bio)
-- Regular contributor/producer to FSU defenses over 4 seasons, including 2nd-best rushing defense in 2011
-- -- Durable with double-digit games played in all 4 seasons
-- Fluctuated weight and bounced between positions during career
-- Scouts say he played at his best during junior year when he weight 290 pounds
-- Consistent production throughout career but FSU DL rotation kept him from accumulating gaudy numbers
-- 2nd-Team All-ACC in 2012
-- NFL.com scouting report: “An active interior presence who didn’t rack up huge numbers due to Florida State’s constant defensive line rotation (4.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks over the last two years) but possesses the quick first step and hands to be a thorn in the side of NFL offensive lines. If a coach can work on his pad level and improve his ability to anchor, he might have potential as a starter down the line.”