Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #4 DT, #47/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 2-3 2008: Consensus All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection...Added Academic All-Big 12 second-team accolades...Team captain and named the Tigers' Defensive Lineman of the Year...Started all fourteen games at weak-side defensive tackle, recording a career-high 62 tackles (31 solos)...Ranked second on the team with five sacks for minus 37 yards and had seven stops for losses of 42 yards...Credited with twelve quarterback pressures, as he recovered two fumbles, deflected a pair of passes and blocked one kick...Helped the team rank second in the league and 12th in the nation with an average of 7.43 tackles for loss per game...Part of a front wall that gave up just 124.86 yards per game rushing...Held the opposition to 97 yards on 40 running plays he was involved in (2.43 ypc), as he made eight third-down stops vs. the run and allowed just seven first downs with no touchdowns and stopped opposing ball carriers for no gain on ten of those rushing attempts...Ten of his QB pressures came on third-down snaps and another on fourth-down...Registered ten tackles inside the red zone, including six on goal line plays...2007: 14 GP; 14 GS; 30 Sol-46 TT, 8 TFL, 4.5 SK, 5 PBU, 4 QBH, 1 FR, 3 FF; Won honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both league media and coaches for his play, which included career-best numbers in every major category … Ended the year with 49 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 QB hurries and 3 forced fumbles...2006: 10 GP; 7 GS; 24 Sol-36 TT, 5 TFL, 4 SK, 1 PBU, 4 QBH, 2 FF; Had his true sophomore season derailed somewhat by a broken foot in the 3rd game of the season, but he returned to play in the final 7 games, playing at not quite 100 percent health ... Opened his sophomore season on a tear, recording 13 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 TFLs in the season's first 3 games, before breaking a foot in game 3 at New Mexico ... Had surgery on Sept. 18th to insert a screw, and returned to action against Texas A&M on Oct. 14, missing just 3 games...First name is Evander, but is known by most everyone (friends and family included) as Ziggy - a nickname given to him by his grandmother as a child.
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: DE Ziggy Hood has "no holes" according to coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers have not failed with their first-round draft pick since Kevin Colbert took over as their personnel boss in 2002 and it looks as though he has another hit. The Steelers loved Hood from the start and he should be a perfect fit for their 3-4 and a starter by 2010 at defensive end. A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 1/32 -- Evander "Ziggy" Hood, DE, 6-3, 300, Missouri...First defensive end drafted on the first round by the Steelers since Aaron Jones in 1988 and first defensive lineman drafted in the top three rounds since Casey Hampton. The Steelers needed to replenish their aging line. - by The Sports Xchange
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11/23/12 - DE Ziggy Hood (back) might be able to play but if he does he's likely to not start.
11/21/12 - DE Ziggy Hood (back) is questionable, although coach Mike Tomlin sounded optimistic he can play this week.
09/26/12 - DE Ziggy Hood, who limped off the field late in the game at Oakland after he was chop-blocked, has been practicing and seems fine.
09/06/12 - DE Ziggy Hood, the team's No. 1 pick in 2009, finally opens a season as a starter. He did not start until the third game of last season.
09/03/12 - DE Ziggy Hood, a first-round draft choice in 2009, started 14 games last season and nine in 2010, but this will be his first opening-day start. He replaced the injured Aaron Smith on the left side in each of the past two seasons.