Da’Shawn Hand: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Da’Shawn Hand

Da’Shawn Hand could possibly break some NFL combine records in 2018. Read if he can muscle his way into the first round of the 2018 NFL draft.

College: Alabama #9Alabama Crimson Tide
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-4
Weight: 280
40 Time: 4.64



  • Can play multiple positions on the defensive line.
  • Freakish strength. As an Alabama freshman benched 225 over 40 times. Only been done at NFL combine once from 2012-2016.
  • Does 600 pushups a day. Can do 200 in one set.
  • Played behind future top five pick, Jonathan Allen.
  • Good bull rush, but can get tied up with a blocker if he doesn’t keep his shirt clean.
  • Good pursuit to the ball. Nice change of direction.
  • Able to set the edge with his strength. He uses his upper body strength to hold the blocker off at arm’s length while reading the play.
  • Not a dynamic pass rusher yet. Sticks with his bull rush a lot.
  • A touch more explosiveness in his first step would be devastating.
  • A tighter path to the quarterback sometimes would help on stunts.

NFL Draft Board Analysis

The NFL Draft Board.

NFL Draft Board Potential

Someone might ask how Da’Shawn Hand. a 2016 backup defensive end, appears as a 2018 number one draft choice for the 2018 NFL draft before the 2017 college football season even starts. And. on the surface the question deserves thought.
But, the fact Hand incredibly played behind three potential 2017 first round draft choices in the 2017 NFL, Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams, explains the phenomenon. Oh, that and he played for Nick Saban at Alabama who churns out first round nfl draft choices like doughnuts at Krispy Kreme.
While NFL scouts will look at Da’Shawn Hand’s game film and conduct background checks and interviews, the fact Hand starts for Alabama essentially means Hand already beat out all the other best players in college football.

Comparative Position Ranking on the NFL Draft Board

Although, Da’Shawn Hand appears on the NFL Draft Board behind four other defensive ends doesn’t mean he will not be drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. For comparison, the 2017 NFL Draft Board contains 14 defensive ends/outside linebackers that appeared at one time as first round draft choices on the NFL Draft Board. And, while Da’Shawn Hand is not on the top half of the NFL Draft Board now, that doesn’t mean he won’t eventually. Once Hand starts piling up future first rounder numbers this year at Alabama, his stock should rise on the NFL Draft Board.
The biggest threat to Hand is some other Nick Saban future first rounder beating Hand out in spring practice 2017.

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