Saturday started off pretty quick for Penn State fans, as linebacker Gerald Hodges was taken by Minnesota in the fourth round, 120th overall. It was about where most expected the talented linebacker to go, and filled a need that many Vikings fans were worried would have been filled earlier by Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo.
Hodges was, to many fans who focus on NFL rather than NCAA football (silly fans), a relative unknown, as his teammate Michael Mauti got more of the press. But some, like our friend Ted Glover (of the Daily Norseman, Off Tackle Empire and Land Grant Holy Land), knowing how Hodges could ball out, were excited.
Then, the waiting for Penn State fans began. And continued. And seemingly wouldn't end. Despite being projected as high as the third round by some earlier in their mock drafts (and rated a 7.00 by SI), linebacker after linebacker were taken, and Mauti was still waiting.
Some were not so happy.
My blood pressure rises every time I see an LB picked and it's not Michael Mauti. #idiots— Cari @ BSD (@NotCarlotta) April 27, 2013
Then, finally, at just before six pm, the third and final Penn Stater to be drafted in 2013 had his name called; Mauti would be joining his teammate Hodges in Minneapolis. This pick, perhaps unlike Hodges, was not met with questions, but rather excitement--despite his injuries, Mauti was a steal in the seventh.
For more on the drafting of both Hodges and Mauti, as well as general coverage of the Vikings for all of you Penn Staters who will now be sporting purple on Sundays, head on over to SBN's Daily Norseman.
Links on the two picks:
Hodges' dad couldn't have been prouder when his son was picked.
Though he didn't play MLB in college, Hodges can play outside or inside at this level.
Hodges was told he can make an impact on the team right away.
The new Vikings duo are the latest from LBU to be drafted to the league.
Mauti "couldn't be happier" to reunite with his teammate and play for the Vikes.
Once projected a 2nd or 3rd round pick, Mauti never stopped believing he'd be drafted.
We'll have more coverage of the free agency, as well as overall analysis, sometime this week. In the meantime, congrats to both Gerald and Mike! We'll be rooting for you two!
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