Pro Day Tour: Inside LBs, Safeties

The featured attraction of an abbreviated Monday on the pro day circuit was Penn State — aka "Linebacker U" — where Gerald Hodges could be a third-round target.

Penn State was the marquee stop on a short pro day schedule on Monday.

The Green Bay Packers had a scout in attendance, with linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti and center Matt Stankiewitch being the key performers.

Hodges (6-1, 243), a possible third-round target, was all-Big Ten the past two seasons. As a senior, he finished fifth in the conference with 109 tackles and added 8.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and seven passes defensed. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.

How athletic is Hodges? The former safety was used as a kickoff and punt returner against Ohio this season. He stuck with his Scouting Combine time of 4.78 seconds in the 40 but improved his vertical jump to 35.5 inches.

Mauti (6-2, 243) has first- or second-round ability but might not be drafted because of a horrendous medical history. He missed all of 2009 with a torn ACL in his right knee, the final two-thirds of the 2011 season with a torn ACL in his left knee and the final regular-season game of this season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

As a senior, he won the Butkus-Fitzgerald Award as the Big Ten's top linebacker and earned some All-American honors. The Butkus Award semifinalist was the only Big Ten player ranked in the top 10 in the conference in tackles (96), interceptions (three) and forced fumbles (three). He added 2.5 sacks and four tackles for losses.

Mauti did not work out at the Combine or on Monday, though he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.

Hodges and Mauti project to inside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme.

Stankiewitch (6-3, 302), a Day 3 prospect, started all 25 games over the previous two seasons and was one of five finalists for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center. He stuck with his 5.43 in the 40 and 27 reps on the bench.

California (Pennsylvania)

The Vulcans' top prospect is late-round safety Rontez Miles. Miles (6-0, 203) is a two-time Division II All-American. He intercepted five passes as a senior and his 257 career tackles tops the school record chart among defensive backs. Miles ran a 4.62 with a 36.5-inch vertical at the Combine; his performance on Monday was not available.

Central Michigan

All eyes were on stud left tackle Eric Fisher, but he clearly won't be in play for the Packers. The Chippewas' next-best prospect is safety Jahleel Addae, who could be worth a seventh-round pick. Addae (5-10, 195) ran in 4.64 with an impressive 38.5-inch vertical, according to's Gil Brandt. He intercepted four passes in back-to-back seasons.

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