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Evander Hood

Height: 6-27/8 | Weight: 300 | 40-Time: 4.89

Official Bio

Strengths:

Very good size and bulk...Naturally athletic...Active with a non-stop motor...Excellent speed and quickness...Uses his hands well...Strong with some power...Nice instincts and awareness...Stout at the point of attack...Gets upfield and can collapse the pocket...Does a good job in pursuit...Explosive with a burst to close...Sudden off the snap...Has a lot of experience...Extremely coachable...Hard worker...Team leader.

Weaknesses:

Plays too tall at times...Doesn't always use proper leverage...May not be a difference maker..Self-made player..Jack-of-all-trades but master of none ... Has some minor durability concerns ... Average production.

Notes:

Nickname is "Ziggy"...Was a three-year starter in the Big 12...Avid participant in the Tiger strength program and has added 40-45 pounds to his frame since he first set foot on campus...Missed time with a broken foot in 2006...The type who does everything well but nothing great...With a solid set of physical tools and top-notch intangibles there really isn't much not to like about this guy...Might never be a star but will play and contribute in the NFL for a long time.

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Career Statistics

Year GP TKL TFL SACK

2005 12 18 3.0 1.0

2006 10 36 5.0 4.0

2007 14 49 8.0 5.0

2008 14 62 7.0 5.0

Totals 50 165 23.0 15.0

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Evander Hood

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 298 | Position:DT | College: Missouri Player Profile

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3/15/2009 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Evander Hood was more impressive at his pro day workout March 5 than he was at the combine. He showed improved marks in the bench press (35 reps with 225 pounds), vertical jump (34.5 inches) and broad jump (9 feet, 8 inches). - Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com

Overview

Hood started 32 of 48 career games, but won't wow scouts with his athleticism. But his size, technique and tenacity make him an intriguing prospect for the 2009 draft. Voted honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2007 by league coaches, Hood finished with career highs in every category -- 49 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. He struggled as a senior with opposing offensive line schemes keyed on stopping him. Hood finished with only 23 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 2008. His effort was unquestioned and a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl solidified his stock as one of the more consistent defensive tackles in the 2009 draft.

Analysis

Positives: More than the sum of his parts. … Legitimate NFL size. … Plays with a passionate, physical style. … Locates the ball quickly and pursues well down the line. … Flashes initial burst off the snap and the lateral quickness to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. … Recognizes the trap block and can burst through the hole to make the play behind the line of scrimmage. … Physical at the point. … Seems to enjoy the hand-to-hand combat in the trenches and doesn't back down from contact. … Active hands and can disengage from blocks due to his hand play. … Durable performer. … Showed great toughness in 2006, missing only three games after breaking his foot and having a screw inserted, before returning to play the final seven games at less than 100 percent.

Negatives: Lacks the elite explosiveness or strength usually associated with highly rated defensive tackles. … Only moderate initial quickness. … Flashes the lateral quickness to elude and collapse the pocket, but is too inconsistent in that area. … Often plays too high and loses leverage, negating his own strength and size. … Missed three full games and parts of others in 2006 with a broken foot suffered midway through the season.

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