Third round capsules

Abdul Hodge, 67th overall; Jason Spitz, 72nd overall

ABDUL HODGE

School: Iowa

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 236 40 time: 4.82 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection every season since his sophomore campaign. Led the Hawkeyes in tackles as a senior totaling 158/11/1. Junior numbers included 116/5/3.

Positives: Instinctive, hard working linebacker who makes plays in every direction of the field. Tough in run defense and goes for the knockout blow. Diagnoses the action, stays with assignments and quickly locates the ball. Covers a good amount of area and faster then his forty-time. Plays with balance, body control and rarely off his feet.

Negatives: Occasionally takes false steps on his way to the action. Under-sized and gets caught up in the trash.

Analysis: A well-rounded linebacker with a complete game, Hodge is a three-down defender at the next level and has the ability to develop into a starting linebacker in the proper scheme.

How he fits in: Hodge will be given a chance to compete for a starting position among Green Bay's linebackers. More likely, he will be used for special teams and in a reserve role.

What the Packers said: "The interesting thing about Hodge and (the Iowa) defense is those two guys (Hodge and Chad) Greenway never come off the field. You can't see a play from the University of Iowa from this past season where those two guys are not on the field. They never come off.

"You never know how it's going to work out. We're going to play the best three linebackers." – Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

What Hodge said about comparisons to Ravens' Ray Lewis: "First of all, I wear the same number as him. But I'm very physical. I like to make plays on the field. I'm a team player and a team leader. An inside linebacker has to have all those characteristics."

JASON SPITZ

School: Louisville

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 313 40 time: 5.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign.

Positives: Explosive lineman with starting potential in the NFL. Blocks with solid fundamentals, explosive at the point and moves opponents off the line. Always looking for someone to hit. Effective blocking in motion and stays after assignments.

Negatives: Lacks flexibility and displays only average footwork in space.

Analysis: A tenacious yet intelligent blocker, Spitz offers good size as well as growth potential. Could be used in a variety of blocking schemes and offers starting potential.

How he fits in: Spitz likely will challenge to play as a backup guard or center along the offensive line.

What Packers said: "He's a very competitive, physical player. He's a guy that goes after it on every snap. … In my indications and my meetings with him, he doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who is an up and down individual."

What Spitz said about Green Bay's interior line situation:"I was not too aware of that, but that was good news for me. The only thing I could hope for this weekend was to get a chance, and the Packers gave me that."


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