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5 Things to Know About New Vikings TE Bucky Hodges

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings selected just one tight end in the 2017 NFL Draft, but Eric Wilson could have a big impact in Minnesota.

Listed at 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, the former Virginia Tech standout is tied for the second-tallest player on the roster and is the tallest tight end the Vikings have.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings new tight end:

1. Top Hokies tight end

Hodges ended his Hokies career with 133 catches for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Those stats are the best totals for a tight end in program history.

2. Position switch

Hodges originally arrived on campus as a quarterback. He worked as a tight end during his redshirt season in 2013 and permanently made the move in the spring of 2014.

He was one of Virginia's top quarterback recruits as a senior in 2013.

3. Constant improvement

Hodges capped off his Virginia Tech career by earning Third-Team All-ACC honors after recording 691 receiving yards.

Hodges increased his receiving total in each of his three seasons, going from 526 yards in 2014 to 530 yards in 2015 before setting a new career-best last season.

4. Workout warrior

Hodges turned in an impressive combine performance by ranking as one of the top testing tight ends.

Hodges had the best vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (11 feet, 2 inches) among all tight ends. He also had the fourth-best 60-yard shuttle (12.08 seconds) and fifth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.57 seconds).

View images of Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges.

5. What's in a name?

Although Hodges goes by "Bucky," his given name is actually Temuchin. Hodges shares a first name with his father.

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