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Da'Shawn Hand Alabama Crimson Tide Defensive End 6-4, 288, 4.94, #9 Woodbridge, Virginia Woodbridge High School Born November 14, 1995.
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Hand earned Second Team All-SEC honors from league coaches and the media despite missing three games with an MCL sprain and yet still matching his previous career high of 21 tackles over the regular season, including 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Even among Alabama standards, Hand was a highly celebrated prep signing, earning No. 1 overall grades by some recruiting experts when he signed with the Tide following a prep career in which the imposing defender sacked opposing quarterbacks an astounding 56 times.
Unfortunately for Hand and the Crimson Tide, he found the competition a little tougher in the SEC, notching just eight combined sacks (through the 2017 regular season) in four years of college action. Playing behind a litany of future NFL draft picks, Hand only emerged as a "full-time" starter as a senior, when he earned Second Team all-conference honors despite relatively meager production (21 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and two sacks over the regular season). To be fair, Hand's senior season was marred by a knee injury suffered on a questionable block against Mississippi which caused him to miss three games.
Hand may have earned a reputation as a pass rusher in high school but at Alabama he developed into a much more well-rounded defender, using his length and strength to become a quality run enforcer on the perimeter. He is powerful enough to handle two-gap responsibilities inside or out at the next level and shows intriguing speed for a man of his size. His traits suggest still-untapped potential and could warrant top 64 consideration despite Hand's less-than-spectacular college resume.
BACKGROUND One of the elite prospects across all positions in the 2014 recruiting class ... Parade Magazine All-American ... selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game ... the No. 1 player in the Rivals100 ... 2012 and 2013 first team USA Today All-American ... unanimous five-star prospect ... No. 1 strong-side defensive end by Rivals.com and top player in the state of Virginia ... also Rivals 2012 Junior of the Year Virginia All-State selection as a junior and senior at Woodbridge High School, where he amassed 56 sacks during his four-year high school career ... also a Virginia state champion wrestler... received more than 90 scholarship offers, ultimately choosing Alabama over Michigan and Florida.
STRENGTHS Hand looks the part of an NFL player with a powerful, well-proportioned physique and long arms. Hand's best attribute might be his overall power. He possesses the explosive upper body strength to quickly shed blockers, as well as the leg drive to walk opponents deep into the pocket and hold up against double-teams. Hand's length and strength show up in the running game, as well, where he shows the ability to set the edge and force ball-carriers to cut back inside. Hand is a better pass rusher than his college statistics suggest. He flashes enough initial burst to cross the face of offensive tackles, rushing off both the left and right side and possesses impressive straight-line speed for a man with his imposing frame. Hand arrives with bad intentions, generating explosive closing power and speed when he has a lane. He showed improved awareness of cut blocks in 2017. Though his role has been almost exclusively along the defensive line at Alabama, Hand's length, field vision and build-up speed could project him to a stand-up edge rusher role for some in the NFL. -- Rob Rang 12/26/2017
WEAKNESSES Unfortunately, while fast in pursuit downfield or on the track, Hand shows below average snap anticipation and initial quickness off the ball, greatly reducing his effectiveness as an edge rusher. Further, Hand is faster in a straight-line than he is pursuing ball-carriers, showing just average balance and agility in traffic to stalk and catch up to ball-carriers from behind. He is overly reliant upon his power as an edge rusher, showing limited technique in his pass rush arsenal. The MCL sprain which robbed him of three games in 2017 requires a closer look from team doctors at the Combine. Hand also comes with some off-field red-flags, including a July 31, 2017 arrest in Alabama on driving under the influence charges. - Rob Rang 12/26/2017
COMPARES TO: Allen Bailey, Chiefs. Bailey turned heads at the University of Miami with his flashy athleticism and imposing build but "slipped" to the third round in 2011 amid concerns about schematic fit and instincts. Since, he's developed into a steady part of the rotation in Kansas City's hybrid scheme and is a more disruptive player than his sack numbers (13.5 in seven NFL seasons) suggest.
IN OUR VIEW: Pardon the pun but Hand may "fit like a glove" in the NFL as he possesses the bulky frame and power to slide inside to defensive tackle, as well as the straight-line speed and balance to handle attacking off the edge, offering creative defensive coordinators quite a bit of versatility.
73 total tackles, including 26.for a loss and 10 sacks for 66 yards lost. Forced thre fumbles, hurried quarterback 9 times and blocked a kick.
A powerful lineman who can work on the inside and outside for the Crimson Tide ... sat out three games following an injury against Ole Miss ... seen time in nine games with seven starts ... collected 21 stops on the season with 2.5 tackles for loss (-12 yards) and two sacks (-10 yards) ... also recovered a fumble ... earned Second Team All-SEC honors from the conference coaches. Florida State: Made his first career start, seeing significant playing time at end for the UA defense
Did not record any stats but applied pressure along the defensive front to help limit the Seminoles to only 250 yards of total offense, including just 40 yards rushing. Fresno State: Registered a pair of tackles from his defensive end spot ... played a key role in holding the Bulldog rushing attack to only 57 yards on the ground. Colorado State: Collected a season-high three tackles in the winning effort ... added half a tackle for loss (-2 yards). Vanderbilt: Spent all afternoon in the Commodore backfield ... finished with a season-high tying three tackles ... helped limit the Vandy offense to only 78 yards and just three total first downs for the game.
Ole Miss: Collected three stops for the third consecutive game, adding his first sack of the season (-6 yards) ... night was shortened when he suffered a knee injury on a chop block that put him out of the game for good. LSU: Came off the bench in his first game back since injury ... made two tackles in his limited playing time. Mississippi State: Made three tackles off the edge against the Bulldogs. Mercer: Totaled one tackle against the Bears. Collected a season-high four tackles, including one sack (-4 yards) in the start against the Tigers.
One of the key reserves along the Crimson Tide’s vaunted defensive front ... totaled 21 tackles on the season with 3.5 for loss (-11 yards) and two sacks (-7 yards) ... added five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble ... selected to the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top lineman. USC: Saw time as one of the first reserves to enter the contest with the Trojans but did not record any stats. Western Kentucky: Provided a threat off the edge against the Hilltoppers but did not produce any stats. Ole Miss: Helped provide depth on a hot day that required rotation along the defensive front ... recorded his first two tackles of the season, both coming on rush plays. Kent State: Registered one tackle and his first quarterback hurry of the season ... helped limit the Golden Flashes to only 166 yards of total offense. Kentucky: Finished with a season-high four tackles, including one tackle for loss (-4 yards) in a reserve role ... played a key role in pressuring the Wildcat quarterback into 13-of-22 passing and only 89 yards through the air.
Arkansas: Totaled one tackle against the Hogs, recording his first sack of the season and forcing an Arkansas fumble in the process ... the fumble was scooped up by Tim Williams and returned 23 yards for an Alabama touchdown, the Tide’s first of two non-offensive scores on the night. Tennessee: Tied his season-high mark with four tackles against the Volunteers. Texas A&M: Took advantage of his time on the line, registering one sack (-3 yards) and a career-high two quarterback hurries against the Aggies. LSU: Came off the bench to help provide pressure off the edge but did not record any stats. Mississippi State: Recorded three stops against the Bulldogs while adding one quarterback pressure. Chattanooga: Saw time against the Mocs but did not record any stats. Auburn: Helped in a rotational role against the Tigers but did not record any stats ... helped limit the high-powered Auburn offense to 182 total yards. Florida: Registered three tackles against the Gators, including half a tackle for loss ... added one quarterback hurry ... helped pressure the UF quarterback into throwing three interceptions by day’s end. Washington: Totaled one tackle against the Huskies while applying pressure on the UW quarterback in his rotational role. Clemson: Collected one tackle on the night from his defensive end position.
A sophomore who improved each week as a pass rush specialist ... collected 6.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards) and three sacks (-10 yards) to go with his two quarterback hurries ... named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his efforts against ULM. Wisconsin: Entered in a reserve role to record a tackle. Middle Tennessee: Provided depth on the Alabama defensive line, but did not record any stats
Ole Miss: Brought pressure on the Rebel quarterback, recording his first sack of the season for a loss of four yards. ULM: Created headaches for the Warhawk front, notching five tackles with a team-leading 1.5 sacks (-4 yards) and his first quarterback hurry of the season ... helped limit the ULM offense to just 92 yards of total offense.
Georgia: Provided depth along the defensive front, entering in a reserve role against the Bulldogs but not recording any stats. Arkansas: Came off the bench to help with the Crimson Tide pass rush, but did not record any tackles. Texas A&M: Added depth along the defensive front but did not make any tackles ... brought pressure forcing the Aggie quarterbacks to toss four total interceptions. Tennessee: Came in as a pass rush specialist, putting together a quarterback hurry against the Vols ... provided depth in an Alabama pass rush rotation that recorded five sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end. LSU: Saw time off the bench but did not record any stats.
Mississippi State: Put together his best performance against an SEC foe, finishing with three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (-1 yard). Charleston Southern: Finished with one tackle against the Bucs. Auburn: Provided depth along the defensive line but not record any stats. Florida: Entered in passing down situations, recording one tackle, including half a sack (-2 yards) ... pressured the Gator quarterback into 9-of-24 (37.5 percent) passing for only 165 yards. Michigan State: Made one stop on defense, including half a sack for a loss of -2 yards ... helped force the Spartan quarterback into two interceptions and a 19-for-32 day with his pressure in the backfield. Clemson: Was a terror off the edge for the Crimson Tide, finishing with four tackles including two in the backfield for a loss of -6 yards ... his two tackles for a loss marked his career high total.
A regular in the Crimson Tide defensive line rotation ... played in nine games ... finished with seven tackles on the year, including four solo stops and two sacks (-10 yards) as a true freshman ... missed the Arkansas game with injury but returned against Texas A&M. West Virginia: Made one solo tackle in his first game for the Crimson Tide. FAU: Recorded one assisted tackle against the Owls. Southern Miss: Recorded one solo tackle against the Golden Eagles. Texas A&M: Credited with his first career sack (-1 yard) in a 59-0 win over the Aggies. Tennessee: Recorded his second sack of the season, dropping the Vols quarterback for a loss of nine yards. Missouri: Made two assisted tackles in the Tide’s SEC Championship victory over the Tigers.
One of the elite prospects across all positions in the 2014 recruiting class … Parade Magazine All-American … selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game … the No. 1 player in the Rivals100 … 2012 and 2013 first team USA Today All-American … unanimous five-star prospect … No. 1 strong-side defensive end by Rivals.com and top player in the state of Virginia … also Rivals 2012 Junior of the Year … rated No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite and No. 7 in the 247Sports Top247, while ranking as the No. 1 strong-side defensive end and No. 1 player in the state … a 247Sports All-American in both 2012 and 2013 … No. 6 in the ESPN300 and the outlet’s No. 2 defensive end … No. 3 defensive end by Scout.com … 2013 MaxPreps All-American … five-star member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … ranked the No. 13 player in the class of 2014 and the No. 3 defensive end … Virginia All-State selection as a junior and senior at Woodbridge High School, where he amassed 56 sacks during his four-year high school career … All-Met Defensive Player of the Year … also a Virginia state champion wrestler … invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus in Oregon … recorded 16 sacks as a senior … made 110 tackles with 40 tackles for loss as a junior while registering 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … had 84 tackles as a sophomore with 35 for loss and 21 sacks … started the final six games of his freshman season, finishing with 65 tackles and three sacks … coached by Karibi Dede at Woodbridge … received more than 90 scholarship offers, ultimately choosing Alabama over Michigan and Florida.
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01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 8. Da'Shawn Hand, DL, Alabama...It wasn't the most consistent week of practices for Hand, but his flashes were impressive enough to put him this high on the list. He was one of the few defensive linemen to get the best of Georgia's Isaiah Wynn during one-on-one drills, displaying active hands and flexible hips. At 6-foot-4 and 282 pounds, some teams see a tweener, but as one scout put it to me "he can hog molly blockers inside or outside." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Alabama's Da'Shawn Hand (6-4, 282) and Texas' Poona Ford (just under 6-0, 306 pounds) may be polar opposites in terms of prototypical frames, but the raw power they generate as bull rushers helped each stand out during one-on-one drills and scrimmages. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama,...Senior center Bradley Bozeman was named to the second-team offense while senior defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, junior defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne, senior linebacker Rashaan Evans and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison were second-team picks on defense. - Alabama Football
10/21/17 - DL Da'Shawn Hand (MCL) was held out for the third straight game. Hand was on the sideline in street clothes.
10/15/17 - DL Da'Shawn Hand was held out for the second straight game with an MCL injury.