Evander Hood Stats Scouting Report
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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.
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.
Highly-regarded athlete who excelled on defense and also played tight end for Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas ... Ranked as the No. 35 weakside defensive end in the nation, according to the experts at Rivals.com ... Was named district 3-4A defensive player of the year as a senior, when he registered 93 tackles and 13 QB sacks ... Also scored 3 defensive TDs on the year and recovered 3 fumbles ... Earned all-district honors each of his last two years ... Had 76 stops as a junior, including 5 QB sacks and also returned one interception for a TD ... Threw the shot and discus for his school's track team ... High school coach - Steve Parr.
First name is Evander, but is known by most everyone (friends and family included) as Ziggy -- a nickname given to him by his grandmother as a child. Son of Charles Hood and Mary Payne ... Chose MU over Arizona State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas-El Paso and Baylor, among others ... Lists hobbies as fishing, video games and lifting weights ... Solid student who was a member of national honor society ... Academic interest lies in biology.