Evander Hood Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'4 - 295 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
To many, 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 first-round talent. Yet, his story started long ago for followers of Missouri and the Big 12 conference. 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. During his senior campaign for the Tigers, Hood tallied 62 tackles, 7.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.0 sacks. Like the rest of the defense, he was overshadowed by Missouri's highflying, potent offense, but Hood has made a name for himself with his consistent play. If Hood impresses at the NFL Combine as much as he did during Senior Week, he could be a late first round selection. There are quite a few teams towards the bottom of the first round (like Atlanta, Indianapolis and Tennessee) that need some help at tackle and if Hood can separate himself from prospects like Fili Moala of USC and Sen'Derrick Marks of Auburn, he will sneak into the first round. 4/16 Update: Hood did have a decent NFL Combine, but his pro day was even better. He is a hardworking player who could fit into different positions on the defensive line depending on the team's scheme. That versatility, not to mention his strength, should move him into the mid-to-late first round. If he slides down any further than that, he will be a steal for anybody in the second round.
Last Updated 2009-04-16T02:17-06:00 by Joel Welser