EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have selected Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges with the 120th overall selection in the fourth round.
Hodges is listed at 6-foot-1 and 243 pounds. He had 5Â½ sacks in his college career for the Nittany Lions. Hodges plays outside linebacker, and there has been talk of moving veteran Erin Henderson from outside linebacker to the middle.
The Vikings were eager to get back to the business of drafting after sitting out the second and third rounds on Friday. The Vikings did not have a selection in those rounds after trading those picks on Thursday night to New England to move up into the first round and take Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have selected UCLA punter Jeff Locke with the 155th overall selection in the fifth round.
That could spell the end of veteran Chris Kluwe's time in Minnesota. Locke was the first punter taken in the draft.
Kluwe has gained some notoriety for being outspoken on several political issues, and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer appeared to tire of the headlines Kluwe was making as the season wore on.
EDEN PRAIRE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have taken UCLA guard Jeff Baca with the 196th overall selection in the sixth round.
They picked up another seventh-round pick from Tampa Bay to move back from No. 189, then grabbed Baca, a 6-foot-3, 302-pound guard to add some depth on the offensive line. The Vikings needed a guard after losing Geoff Schwartz to the Chiefs.
The Vikings started the day by taking Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges in the fourth round and then took UCLA punter Jeff Locke in the fifth. They did not have a selection in the second or third round on Friday night because of a trade in the first round that landed them Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have taken Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti with the 213th overall selection in the seventh round.
Mauti suffered a torn ACL injury three times in his career at Penn State. The Vikings had three seventh-round draft picks when the round began, giving them enough assets to take a chance on an injury plagued, but very talented player.
Mauti will join a linebacking corps that is still looking for a starter in the middle.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have taken North Carolina guard Travis Bond with the 214th overall draft in the seventh round.
Bond is big for a guard, listed at 6-foot-6 and 329 pounds. He weighed 372 pounds at the end of his junior year before slimming down for his final season with the Tar Heels.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have taken Florida State defensive tackle Everett Dawkins with the 229th overall selection in the seventh round.
Dawkins is a teammate of Vikings first-round draft pick Xavier Rhodes.
The Vikings originally traded this pick to New England on Thursday night as part of the package that allowed them to move up and take Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. They wound up getting the pick back Saturday by agreeing to move down a few spots in the sixth round with Tampa Bay, who acquired it from the Patriots earlier in the draft.
Dawkins is the third seventh-rounder for the Vikings, who also chose Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and North Carolina guard Travis Bond earlier in the round.
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