Photo of Elijah Hood
Drafted By: Raiders

Combine Results

Grade
4.99 ?
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Oakland adds more power to their backfield with this pick. Hood joins a crowded RB room but his downhill style and finishing ability could be enough to bump one of the other youngsters.. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 3/8" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Hood was a man among boys as a high school running back in Charlotte, running for over 3,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons. He graduated early to join the Tar Heels for spring practice in 2014, which resulted in his being able to contribute in his freshman year (67-259, four TDs) despite missing four games due to injury. Healthy in 2015, Hood ran roughshod over ACC competition, garnering second-team all-conference honors by racking up 1,463 yards and scoring 17 times on just 219 carries. He started 11 games in his junior year, garnering third-team All-ACC recognition, even though his carries were down (145-858s, eight TD; 25-142 receiving) as he shared them with T.J. Logan. He also missed two games, including the Sun Bowl, due to undisclosed medical reasons. Originally, Hood planned on returning to Chapel Hill for his senior year, but he reversed course closer to the declaration deadline.

Analysis

Strengths

Big and powerful with well-muscled build and huge traps. Decisive runner who lacks speed, but can get into his top gear early in his rep. Instinctive and will accelerates through contact with pretty good contact balance to keep runs alive. Shows ability to slash through arm tackles and is always looking to fall forward. Drives his feet through tackle attempts and is credited with 28 broken tackles over his last two seasons. Used in pass protection and as a lead blocker at times in Tar Heels running game. Throws an effective cut block in space. In pass pro, launches his weight into pass rushers and gives them something to think about. Functional pass catcher with above average hands and an ability to dig out the low throws.

Weaknesses

Lacks speed to live a life other than that of a grinder. Will be unable to get around the edge on a consistent basis against NFL linebackers. Slow to gather, cut and get back into the flow of the run. Early traffic in the backfield is his nemesis. Lacks the agility and elusiveness to be a creative back on the first and second levels. Needs a point of entry to be effective. Hammerhead style won't allow him to get skinny and bleed through the creases. Lacks subtle shifts to convert downhill, short yardage attempts.

Draft Projection

PFA

Sources Tell Us

"Not sure why he changed his mind and decided to come out, but I think he is who he is and it doesn't really matter how much more college football he plays. We like more dynamic runners but he might find some work as a short-yardage specialist." - NFC national scout

Bottom Line

Downhill runner who lacks desired elusiveness, lateral quickness and speed, but does have the overall power to create for himself. Hood is a banger who will only be a fit for certain systems, but he does have the toughness to handle pass protection duties. Hood's ability to block in the open field could open a door for him as a roster-friendly fullback with third or fourth running ability.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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