Photo of DA'SHAWN HAND
Grade
5.73 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 289LBS. Weight

Overview

Hand was considered the number one high school recruit in the country in 2014, ahead of guys like Leonard Fournette, Myles Garrett, and Deshaun Watson. The two-time first-team USA Today All-American was also a state high school wrestling champion. He played in nine games as a true freshman, making seven stops including two sacks. Hand played in every game as a reserve in Alabama's deep defensive line rotation in their 2015 national championship season (16 stops, 6.5 for loss, three sacks), making an impact in the title game with two tackles for loss against Clemson. That depth kept him from starting again in 2016, but he was a regular contributor (21 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks) using his length, strength, and athleticism to factor in plays where he didn't collect a stat. Hand started nine of 11 games played in 2017, missing time with a minor knee injury but still recording 27 tackles, 3.5 for loss with three sacks. Hand was arrested for driving under the influence in July 2017, though he was actually found sleeping behind the wheel of the car while it was parked.

Analysis

Strengths

Long, thickly-muscled build that screams pro-ready. Carries 290 pounds of lean muscle. Has desired physical traits to play end in odd front (3-4) as well as end or potentially tackle in an even front (4-3). Keeps blockers at the end of long arms when he gets full extension. Uses long arms to reach past blocker's edge and leverage himself thru the gap. Has change of direction talent and quickness to alter his rush and hound quarterbacks leaving pocket. Has ability as reduced rusher. Good short area burst down the line. Heavy pads as tackler. Strong core and sturdy base prevent him from being bullied at point of attack. Plus lateral quickness to range and challenge plays to perimeter.

Weaknesses

Slow to find snap workload amidst competitive defensive line rotation during his time there. Production totals haven't matched the traits and potential. Doesn't show ability to win along the edge as a rusher. Doesn't play as fast or as urgently as he can. Needs more funk behind his initial punch. Coasts at the point of attack rather than dominates it. Struggles to get arm extension once blockers get into him. Slow to shed. Sidelined three games this year due to MCL injury.

Draft Projection

Round 2-3

NFL Comparison

Paul Spicer

Bottom Line

In 2014, Hand was considered the top-rated recruit in the nation but failed to find the production and accolades that were expected of him. While he possesses NFL size and ability, he hasn't always played with the fire or urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders. Hand is a versatile defender who could be targeted as a base end who reduces inside on passing downs. He'll likely be drafted on Day 2 based on the traits, but he's hardly a lock to match the production to the talent as a pro.
-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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