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Browns to meet with Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges

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According to Andy Bitter of the Roanoke Times, the Cleveland Browns will meet with Virginia Tech tight end Bucky Hodges next week.

Hodges (6-6, 257 lbs) is considered one of the top 5 tight ends in this year’s draft class and is projected to be a second or third round draft pick. Back at the NFL Combine, Hodges explained how he made the switch to tight end after originally being a quarterback and wide receiver:

“The defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech came to me, presented the idea that the team was facing a very good TE at the time and he said I could emulate his game a lot so he asked me if I’d be cool playing tight end that week, and I started playing it and I fell in love with the position and it stuck ever since.”

Hodges has been praised for his "raw combination of size, strength, and athleticism," but still needs to shed the reputation of being an "overgrown wide receiver" who doesn't do a whole lot of blocking.