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Mr. Laz
04-16-2005, 01:17 PM
Ellis Hobbs
Official Bio College: Iowa St.
Height: 5-9 Weight: 192
Position: Cornerback
Class: Senior 40-Yard: 4.37

Strengths: Team leader, captain and very hard worker...Good, not great, speed...Solid build for his frame...Very smart...Physical and players bigger than he is...A playmaker...Also a return man.
Weaknesses: Doesn't have the height you look for...Speed is only average, especially for a guy his size...May need to play for a team that primarily runs a zone defense to maximize his potential.
Notes: Overachiever who overcomes his lack of ideal physical tools with hard work and dedication...May never be a starter in the NFL but could develop into a solid nickel corner.
- Scott Wright

built like a fireplug, but still runs under 4.4. He is a three-year starter with nice awareness and has nine pickoffs and 29 passes breakups for his career. With 18 career interceptions and an amazing 55 passes defensed

school bio

Hobbs at ISU: Awards and Honors ... Dean's List (2002) ... ISU Scholar-Athlete Award (2002, 2003, 2004) ... Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (F01, S04) ... first-team academic all-Big 12 (2002) ... second-team academic all-Big 12 (2003) ... honorable mention all-Big 12 (2003) ... 2003 ... Three-time defensive game MVP ... requested to be on the kickoff return team and returned six kicks for 111 yards ... notched six tackles and one breakup against Missouri ... nine stops at Kansas ... three tackles against Colorado (all solo), including a sack and a forced fumble ... grabbed his only interception of the year against the Buffaloes ... seven tackles against Texas ... made a career-high 10 tackles at Texas Tech and returned a fumble 53 yards, the longest by a Cyclone since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 1992 ... made seven tackles (six solo) at Northern Illinois and broke up a pass ... team game defensive MVP against Iowa and Ohio ... made three tackles, breaking up two Ohio passes ... opened the season with four tackles against UNI ... made four solo tackles against Iowa, one for -5 yards, and broke up a pass ... 2002 ... Like former Cyclones Atif Austin and JaMaine Billups, moved to the defensive backfield after coming to Ames as a running back ... led the team with two interceptions ... had 51 tackles, 40 of them solo efforts ... had 12 pass breakups and recovered a fumble ... registered five tackles and two pass deflections in the Huminatarian Bowl ... made a career-high seven tackles at Kansas State ... made six tackles (five solo) at Texas ... had a career-high five tackles at Iowa ... also caused and recovered a fumble in the Cyclones' second-half comeback ... against Kansas, made three tackles, broke up two passes and made an interception ... against Texas Tech, made three tackles, broke up three passes and had one interception ... 2001 ... Moved to defensive back from tailback during preseason practice and appeared in all 11 games in his initial collegiate season ... ended the year with 16 tackles (11 solo), one interception and one pass breakup ... notched two solo stops in the Cyclones' win at Kansas ... registered a season-high four tackles, including three solo stops, at Nebraska ... opened the 2001 season with a pick and tackle vs. Northern Iowa ... made a big fumble recovery in Iowa game when Hawkeye Kahlil Hill fumbled an ISU punt, leading to Iowa State's second touchdown in a 17-14 victory.

High School Experience: Named to the all-Dallas Metroplex area first team ... offensive MVP for Texas Class 5A District 7 ... received nomination to the Texas Class 5A all-state team ... named to the Texas Sportswriters' Association Class 5A honorable mention team ... ran for 1,701 yards on 233 carries with 29 touchdowns at the same school that produced Texas Tech All-American Byron Hanspard ... also caught 18 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns ... did not fumble ... ran a 4.3 40-yard dash ... team captain as a junior and senior ... battled injuries his freshman and sophomore seasons and then backed up former Oklahoma State running back Tatum Bell as a junior ... participated in track, competing in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays and the long jump ... coached by Ben Dial ... member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born May 16, 1983, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. ... son of Ellis II and Nettie Hobbs ... ranked 21st in a class of 365 ... received the Academic Athlete of the Year Award for DeSoto ... was a finalist for Christian Athlete of the Year ... uncle, William Gaines, played defensive line for Florida and later competed for the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins of the NFL ... majoring in art and visual communication

04-16-2005, 01:28 PM
only 5' 9"" I dont like the sound of that....

Spicy McHaggis
04-16-2005, 01:43 PM
I remember when the Jayhawks played ISU I was impressed by the kid.

04-16-2005, 01:51 PM
5 9 is way too short

04-16-2005, 02:04 PM
I would guess 5th rounder type material.

One thing also to look for Laz, are the caliber of schools the team plays.
They had maybe 4 decent colleges to play. (2004 season below)

Northern Illinois
Oklahoma State
Texas A&M
Kansas State
Miami University

One example of a player the Chiefs drafted who so far doesn't impress many people is Kawika Mitchell, 2ND round pick, college South Florida. On paper the guy looked decent, but the teams they were playing are not all that impressive. As far as im concerned he is a dud for a second rounder.
Also a few might say "give him more time to get use to the system".
Linebacker isn't exactly rocket science my friends.
Several NFL QB's has been giving the starting QB in their first year. And the complexity of what they have to know and learn compared to linebacker, well need i say more?

04-16-2005, 02:20 PM
I kind of like Hodge from Miami of Ohio for a mid round CB. Don't have any info on him right, but I might dig some up at some point this weekend.

04-16-2005, 03:38 PM
Here is some stuff on Hodge from nfl.com...

Alphonso Hodge
Position: Cornerback
College: Miami of Ohio
Height: 5-11
Weight: 203
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Analysis | Injury Report | Agility | High School | Personal

A true shutdown cornerback, Hodge started his last 27 games for the RedHawks. He was not only the strongest defensive back on the team, but also the fastest player in the Mid-American Conference, boasting a 4.36 clocking in the 40-yard dash.

Hodge was a first-team all-league, all-district and all-state selection as a senior at Saint Edward (Cleveland) High. He earned three letters as a defensive back and tailback for the Eagles and was honored as the team's 1999 MVP.

Hodge redshirted in 2000 at Miami and saw action in seven games during the 2001 campaign, earning a starting assignment against Hawaii. He finished his freshman year with eight tackles and two pass deflections. Hodge started the first seven games of the 2002 season, producing 30 tackles (20 solo) with a pair of sacks and seven pass breakups.

He was a second-team All-Mid American Conference choice in 2003, starting every game. Hodge came up with 47 tackles (27 solo), a sack, three fumble recoveries and nine pass breakups. Hodge allowed only three touchdown catches in 2004, as he made a career-high 52 tackles (41 solo). He developed into a force at the line of scrimmage, registering five sacks and seven stops for losses. He also deflected six passes in his final season with the RedHawks.

In 46 games, Hodge totaled 147 tackles (103 solo) with eight sacks for minus-48 yards, 10 stops for losses of 51 yards, three fumble recoveries and 24 pass deflections.

Positives: Well-built athlete with thick shoulders and biceps, good bubble, knotted calves and large hands Has natural feet and can flip his hips, generating good explosion in attempts to run to the ball Uses his hands with force to press and jam the receivers at the line of scrimmage Shows excellent range and crispness cutting out of his breaks and has the top-end speed to immediately recover Times his leaps well going up for the ball and has the strength to fill the rush lanes Opens his hips and shows smooth feet in his backpedal Very effective using the trail technique in man coverage Quick out of his breaks and has a good feel for zone coverage, as he can cover ground quickly on the turn and run Good worker in the weight room who has the strength to match up well against tight ends and fullbacks blocking in the short area.

Negatives: Does not always show quick read and diagnose skills, lacking awareness mostly on running plays Slow to digest the play and by the time he locates the ball, he is a step behind the play and then takes bad angles in attempts to compensate in pursuit Has good strength, but will not shock or jolt blockers coming up in run support, as he tends to take only passive swipes Seemed hesitant to stick his head in the pile until 2004 More of a grab-down tackler who can miss in the open when he tries to arm tackle Lacks natural hands (zero interceptions) and has problems tracking the ball over his shoulder.

2003 -- Saw limited action vs. Central Florida (Oct. 28) and Bowling Green (Dec. 04) due to a high ankle sprain.

4.36 in the 40-yard dash 345-pound bench press 510-pound squat 330-power clean 35-inch vertical jump 31-inch arm length 9 -inch hands Right-handed.

Attended Saint Edward (Cleveland) High, playing football for coach John Gibbeons First-team all-league, all-district and all-state selection as a senior Earned three varsity letters as a defensive back and tailback for the Eagles Honored as Saint Edward's 1999 team MVP.

Sports Organization major Son of Alfred and the late Renee Hodge Born May 30, 1982 Resides in Bedford, Ohio.

Mr. Laz
04-16-2005, 03:46 PM
5 9 is way too short

that's why he goes in the in middle rounds.

did you see how productive he is?

3 yrs with 55 pass defenses :eek:

his numbers are a ton better than Pacman jones and jones is supposed to get picked in the 1st round.

Adam "Pac-Man" Jones 5-9, 188lbs, 4.43/40
3yrs, eight interceptions, 22 passes defensed

Ellis hodge Ellis Hobbs 5-9, 192lbs 4.37/40-Yard:
-3yrs, 18 career interceptions, 55 passes defensed

04-16-2005, 04:05 PM
Hobbs is the man.

04-16-2005, 04:21 PM
Hobbs is a very solid CB.

04-16-2005, 04:48 PM
Here is some stuff on Hodge from nfl.com...

Alphonso Hodge
Position: Cornerback
College: Miami of Ohio
Height: 5-11
Weight: 203
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Four years as a starter with no INT's. Sounds Bartee-esque.