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Elijah Hood | Running Back

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 221

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UNC junior RB Elijah Hood declared for the NFL Draft.
Sigh. Hood is a fine back, but as was the case with USF's Marlon Mack, Oklahoma's Joe Mixon and others, we think he's making a mistake by declaring early into a historically stacked RB class. Not only has circumstance conspired against Hood, but his body did too this past season. Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 2015 -- the No. 2 single-season output in UNC history -- to earn first-team All-ACC honors. But this past season, marred by a concussion, he regressed to 858 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries, watching his ypc average drop to 5.9 from 6.7 along the way. ESPN's Mel Kiper did not rank Hood as one of his 10-best RB prospects last month. CBS, meanwhile, ranked Hood as the No. 12 back for 2018. With both T.J. Logan and Khris Francis graduating and QB Mitch Trubisky likely to declare, UNC's backfield is in some trouble. Jan 6 - 2:05 PM

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