Abdul Hodge - another "HitMan"

At the Combine, linebacker Abdul Hodge answered questions from the media, including a few from Ed Thompson of Scout.com and ColtPower.com. He talked about what will distinguish him from the other highly talented linebackers in this draft class and more in this audio and analysis feature.

Iowa linebacker Abdul Hodge battled for the limelight every week with teammate Chad Greenway. In the process, they became close friends and were touted as one of the best linebacker tandems in the country. But Hodge didn't want to join in the media speculation over whether Iowa's linebackers or Ohio State's linebackers were the best in the country.

"The Big Ten is loaded with good linebackers," he said. "Ohio State has three good ones, we have a couple and Northwestern has one."

Hodge is appropriately nicknamed "Hitman" and was a three-year starter for the Hawkeyes. Many still long for the days when the original "Hitman" - Rodney Harrison - patrolled the San Diego borders.

And while he and Greenway took turns flattening opposing ball-carriers, at the end of their senior year it was Hodge who won the competition for posted the most tackles with 158 to his credit.

Greenway, an outside linebacker, is expected to be a first-round selection while Hodge, one of the top inside linebackers in the country, has been projected anywhere from a late first-rounder to a very high third-rounder.

A tenacious tackler, Hodge is worth a look from the Chargers as he would fit right in with their quick, versatile and hard-hitting linebackers. While Greenway is likely to be off the board by the end of the first round, Hodge could still be available when the Chargers pick in the second round. Interestingly enough, SDBoltReport.com has confirmed that Greenway had a private visit with the Chargers - makes you wonder if they asked him about his teammate.

SDBoltReport.com insiders can listen to our audio highlights clip from his press conference at February's NFL Combine and can enjoy some additional analysis from our network's draft experts:

Abdul Hodge analysis from TFY Draft Preview

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