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Evander Hood DT 6'3 300 Missouri 4.89

By: Robert Davis

Hood worked his way into the rotation early on as a freshman and finished the season with 23 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks. He became a starter as a sophomore, and was on his way to a big season before a broken foot slowed him down. He finished the year with 36 tackles, five for loss, and four sacks in ten games, but he missed three due to injury and it hindered him the rest of the season. Hood was healthy again as a junior, and bounced back with a fine season. He had 49 tackles, eight for loss, and five sacks as a junior. Hood closed out his Tiger career with 62 tackles, seven for loss, and five sacks this past season.

Strengths

Hood is a talented lineman that can make an impact in a variety of ways. He is a good athlete, with the quickness to penetrate and get into the backfield on a consistent basis to disrupt the action. He is also strong and shows the ability to hold his ground at the point of attack and stuff the run. Hood is very active and is as tough as they come. He only missed three games due to a broken foot as a sophomore, and played through the pain the rest of the season. Hood should be able to play inside in a 4-3 alignment and shift outside to end in a 3-4.

Weaknesses

Despite his natural gifts, toughness, and aggressiveness, Hood has not dominated on the field in college. He has a lot of experience and it never translated to game changing performances on the field for the Tigers.

Future

Hood has the talent, work ethic, and toughness to be a very solid player in the NFL. He is experienced and has been a solid performer, but hasnít been the difference maker you might expect from a player with his all around ability. As expected, Hood was very impressive at the combine, showcasing his natural all around gifts. He had the fastest 40 time of any interior lineman of 4.89, knocked out 34 reps on the bench, and even had one of the longest wingpans of all the lineman. All the tools are there to be a difference maker, it is just a matter of putting it all together on a consistent basis. His combine performance could have pushed him into the tail end of round one.


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