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Elijah Hood | Running Back

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

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Raiders selected North Carolina RB Elijah Hood with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Hood (6’0/232) turned pro as a junior after starting for two years in Chapel Hill, logging a career 430-2,580-29 (6.0 YPC) rushing line with 40 receptions. He ran 4.63/4.64 at the Tar Heels’ Pro Day and is a below-par overall athlete. A straight-line grinder back who lacks elusiveness and long speed, Hood’s NFL ceiling is likely as a short-yardage specialist or late-game clock killer. Sat, Apr 29, 2017 06:24:00 PM

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An NFC national scout views UNC RB Elijah Hood as a "short-yardage specialist."

"Not sure why he changed his mind and decided to come out, but I think he is who he is and it doesn't really matter how much more college football he plays," he said. "We like more dynamic runners but he might find some work as a short-yardage specialist." Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 2015 but regressed this past season to 858 yards while dealing with concussions. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees a limited-but-useful prospect in Hood: "Hood is a banger who will only be a fit for certain systems, but he does have the toughness to handle pass protection duties. Hood's ability to block in the open field could open a door for him as a roster-friendly fullback with third or fourth running ability." Pro Football Focus compares Hood to former New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley.
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 12:43:00 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UNC RB Elijah Hood to former New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley.

"Like Ridley, Hood is a better downhill runner who is capable of being a productive back while taking what is given by his run-blocking," notes the PFF analysis crew. They loved his work during the 2015 campaign, when he scampered his way to 1,463 yards, but saw a lack of speed and agility on tape in 2016. At least part of that may be due to injuries, including a concussion. In summation, PFF writes that "Hood’s vision is one of his best assets and his experience running in multiple schemes will help him be a contributor at the next level, but ultimately does not look like a lead back in the NFL."
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 03:30:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jan 6, 2017 02:05:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that UNC junior RB Elijah Hood is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft.

This would be a dramatic about-face after Hood announced he'd return to campus last month. It would also be a mistake. Hood dealt with a concussion during a disappointing 2016 campaign in which he topped 100 rushing yards in only two games. In sum, Hood logged only 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as his ypc average dropped to 5.9 from the 6.7 mark he posted in 2015. Hood sat out the Sun Bowl for health reasons. We'd advise him to sit out the Draft process this year as well in order to enter 2017 as one of the nation's premier running backs.
Thu, Jan 5, 2017 02:07:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood will return to school for the 2017 season.

Hood will sit out the school's bowl game due to medical reasons. Some might characterize Hood's 2016 season as a disappointment compared to 2015, only topping 100 rushing yards in two games and amassing 858 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 145 carries. He did improve as a receiver, almost doubling his catch output over the last two seasons. UNC will now wait on Mitch Trubisky's decision, along with quarterback transfer Malik Zaire's.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 09:36:00 AM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries in Friday's 28-21 loss to NC State.

NC State built up a 21-7 halftime lead and extended it to 28-7 by the end of the third quarter, making this game one that wasn't particularly suited to a run-heavy approach for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot, 221-pound Hood has just three 100-yard games to his fair name this year. Maybe because he has received more than 15 carries in a game just twice this season. Hood rushed for 1,463 yards in 14 games last season, scoring 17 touchdowns along the way. He will fall considerably short of both marks in 2016. Indeed, Hood needs 142 yards rushing in UNC's bowl game just to hit 1,000 yards for the current campaign.
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 05:38:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns on only 12 carries in Saturday's 48-20 win over Georgia Tech.

What a strange individual game. Hood had run for 114 rush yards on only seven carries late in the first quarter, and UNC didn't use him much from there on out despite nursing a lead throughout. Hood, as always, did facilitate space that opened up opportunities for Mitch Trubisky and the passing game. No. 18 North Carolina (7-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 21 CFP) plays at rival Duke on Thursday night.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 04:18:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 35-14 win over Virginia.

The 6-foot, 221-pounder also had two catches for four yards. Hood's scoring jaunt, his No. 26 career touchdown run, places him ninth in school history. It has been somewhat of a trying campaign for Hood, but he's been struggling through the aftermath of a concussion suffered against FSU.
Sat, Oct 22, 2016 06:44:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (concussion) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Miami.

Per HC Larry Fedora, Hood has been practicing this week without issue. A concussion suffered against Florida State two weekends ago prevented him from suiting up against Virginia Tech last Saturday. Barring an unforeseen setback, fantasy owners should feel free to utilize Hood as normal when the Tar Heels hook up with Miami in two days. Through four-plus contests, the 6-foot, 221-pound junior has rushed for 338 yards and four touchdowns. He has surpassed 100 yards rushing just once this season.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 02:04:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Andrew Carter of the News & Observer additionally passed along his expectation that freshman RB Jordon Brown, a local product, will play against the Hokies. He won't get the bulk of the carries, though. Those will go to T.J. Logan, who is a legitimate fantasy play with Hood on the shelf.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 03:44:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech.

Still no word as to what injury, specifically, Hood is dealing with. He was lifted from action midway through Saturday's win over Florida State. CBS Sports' Jon Solomon described him as "a little dizzy" and "not quite there" at the time. On Sunday, HC Larry Fedora said that he expects the 6-foot, 221-pounder to play against Virginia Tech. That still looks likely, though it shouldn't be considered a given.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 01:04:00 PM

UNC HC Larry Fedora indicated that he expects junior RB Elijah Hood (undisclosed) to be able to play against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Hood was forced out in the first half of Saturday's upset win over Florida State, with CBS Sports' Jon Solomon writing at the time that he looked "a little dizzy" and "not all there." While the Tar Heels have not provided additional information as to the nature of the 6-foot, 221-pound junior's health concern, Fedora's expectation that he will play this coming weekend would seem to indicate that this isn't a major injury. The practice week should provide more clarity. In four-plus games this season, Hood has rushed for 338 yards (5.0 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 01:23:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood was taken to the locker room with an undisclosed injury during the first half of Saturday's game against Florida State.

While it is not yet known how Hood suffered the injury, CBS Sports' Jon Solomon is reporting that he was "not all there" and that he "looked a little dizzy." Those would seem to be red flags for a potential concussion. The exact nature of his injury should become more clear once the Tar Heels offer an update on his health.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 05:36:00 PM

UNC junior RB Elijah Hood rushed for 88 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in Saturday's 48-23 win over Illinois.

Hood was mostly held in check through the first three quarters. The fourth quarter, not so much. The 6-foot, 221-pounder scored both of his touchdowns in the final period, rumbling in from seven yards out with 12:22 remaining and slashing his way for a 62-yard scoring run with 6:49 left in the game. Hood has rushed for 160 yards on 25 carries through two games. He should see a more extensive workload as the season progresses. One would hope.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 11:54:00 PM