Da’shawn Hand Draft Profile

Da'shawn Hand draft profile


  • 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)
  • Carries 290 pounds of lean muscle
  • Body screams pro ready
  • Heavy pads as tackler
  • Strong core and sturdy base prevent him from being bullied at point of attack
  • Uses long arms to reach past blocker’s edge and leverage himself thru the gap
  • Plus lateral quickness to range and challenge plays to perimeter
  • Keeps blockers at the end of long arms when he gets full extension

Analysis: Da’shawn 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, but he never lived up to his billing at Alabama. 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 is all muscle, carrying very little fat on his frame. When he hits you, you know it–his pads are heavy are come out firing. He will not be bullied inside, owning a strong and sturdy base that helps him win leverage battles. His length, specifically in his arms allow him to keep offensive lineman away from his body when he is able to extend his arms. Later quickness is a plus. Can play in multiple schemes.


  • Production totals haven’t matched the traits and potential
  • Slow to shed
  • Struggles to get arm extension once blockers get into him
  • Coasts at the point of attack rather than dominates it
  • Work ethic
  • Doesn’t show ability to win along the edge as a rusher
  • Doesn’t play as fast or as urgently as he can

Analysis: As mentioned above, Da’shawn Hand has all of the talent and potential you look for in a high draft pick, he just has never been able to put it all together on the football field. Scouts question his worth ethic and love for the game. His tape shows a lack of urgency in his play, almost like he is going through the motions on the field. When a blocker gets into his body, his length is no longer effective and he doesn’t the ability or ‘want to’ to beat the man in front of him. Play speed leaves a lot to be desired. Despite his ability to play rush end in certain schemes he doesn;t have the speed to win along the edge in the pros. 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.

Size: 6’4 297lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Robert Nkemdiche

Draft Projection: Round 3

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