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Exclusive Draft Profile: Evander Hood

March 8, 2009

Just a note my Bronco Maniacs, read our new updated mock draft with a surprising new first round draft pick by the Denver Broncos. With that note, here is the new draft profile for the Defensive Tackle from Mizzou, Evander “Ziggy” Hood. I hope you all enjoy it!

Evander Hood At The Combine

Evander Hood At The Combine

 

Name: Evander “Ziggy” Hood

Position: Defensive Tackle

School: Missouri

Height & Weight: 6-4 / 295

Class: Senior

What I Think: To some, Evander Hood came out of nowhere during Senior Week and emerged as a top defensive tackle prospect. His performance during the one-on-one drills quickly put him into the minds of NFL scouts and he is considered a possible second round talent. But as a Mizzou fan I have known about him and his story for a long time. Even as a freshman Hood was an impressive player who saw spot duty in 12 games. After struggling through much of the 2006 season with a broken foot, Hood emerged as a star in 2007 and 2008. He has great size and bulk and is naturally athletic. He is always active and he has a non-stop motor. Hood’s speed and and quickness are excellent for someone at his position and he uses his hands well when breaking blocks. Hood is strong and also possesses some power. His instincts and awareness are great and he is always stout at the point of attack. He can get upfield and collapse the pocket. Of all the Defensive Tackles in the draft he may be the best one of getting to the QB while he also succeeds in stopping the run. Hood seems very fast in pursuit and he finishes it with an explosive burst to close. Unlike most Defensive Linemen he has almost a second gear that he can use whenever it may be needed. He has lots of experience and is supposed to be extremely coachable. Hood is a hard worker and a team leader too. I would have to say that his production is somewhat average though and he plays too tall at some times. He sort of comes across to me as a “jack of all trades, but master of none”. His proper leverage is lacking too and he may not be a difference maker on the field. That would probably be the only reason why teams might be hesitant to draft him in the first round. One thing to put in mind is that he might only be a good Defensive Tackle his entire career but might never be great. It looks to me like he would only fit into a 4-3 defense because of his small size but you never know. He could bulk up and play in a 3-4. Hood has in fact gained 30 pounds since he was a Freshman. There is nothing really to dislike about him but there is nothing soooo amazing about him that would drive somebody to draft him in the first round. 

Draft Grade: A-

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