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Da'Shawn Hand | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (22) / 11/14/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3 / 297

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Lions traded up with the Patriots and selected Alabama DL Da'shawn Hand with the No. 114 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
The Lions gave up a 2019 third-rounder to get this pick from New England. Hand (6’4/297) was a four-year contributor and one-year starter on the Crimson Tide’s deep defensive front, tallying 14.5 career tackles for loss and nine sacks and earning second-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. The No. 1 recruit in the nation out of high school, Hand was seen as an underachiever in Tuscaloosa but has always possessed high-end traits and pass-rush potential, and showed blazing size-adjusted speed at the Combine (4.83). Experienced both on the edge and inside, Hand has a Cameron Heyward-level ceiling if he puts it all together. Apr 28 - 12:53 PM

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An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand is an "underachiever."

Another scout expanded on this idea saying "He doesn’t play as well as he worked out. He’s a prototypical body for a 5-technique. He’s not going to be great rushing over a guard because he doesn’t have a lot of twitch or body quickness. He’s going to have to win with power." He cited the Pittsburgh Steelers as a good fit for him due to their 3-4 scheme but added if "you try to make him a pass rusher, you’re doing him a disservice." Hand will likely be a late Day 2 selection.
Apr 27 - 2:50 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand to retired former Jaguars DE Paul Spicer.

"While he possesses NFL size and ability, he hasn't always played with the fire or urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders," Zierlein writes of the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Hand. Zierlein colleague Chad Reuter would be nervous about a selection for the defender prior to the middle of the third round. In his seven-round mock draft, Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist sees Hand landing with the Rams right in Reuter's comfortable range, at pick No. 87 in the third round.
Apr 18 - 3:34 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter views Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand as the most overrated defensive prospect on the interior of the line.

"If [Hand] wants to become a difference maker in the NFL, he'll need to explode off the snap and break down more quickly to make tackles," Reuter writes, adding that "If he's picked in the mid-third or fourth round, Hand could be a solid rotational contributor as an end on a three-man line." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was hearing in early March that the New Orleans Saints were a team particularly keen on the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Alabama lineman. While he played defensive end for the Crimson Tide, he's expected to work inside at the professional level.
Apr 17 - 5:17 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Saints have shown interest in Alabama DL Da'Shawn Hand.

He also notes that Hand (6'4/297) performed well at the first of Alabama's pro days, "sitting" on his numbers from the Indianapolis combine but showing well during the actual drills. "The senior lined up at defensive end in Alabama’s three-man front, but most teams are projecting him as a three-technique tackle," Pauline writes. "Nick Saban has been singing Hand’s praises to NFL coaches, telling them Hand was willing to put the team over himself the past two years. I’m told the New Orleans Saints are very high on Hand, who will be a top-50 pick in April."
Mar 8 - 2:46 PM

Alabama DE Da'Shawn Hand ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Hand (6'4/297) posted a respectable time for a man his size after earlier hoisting 28 reps on the bench press. While he possesses the frame and physicality for the rigors of the NFL, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that Hand's issue has often come in matching his production with his athletic profile. He'll be in the Day 2 mix come April.
Mar 4 - 2:24 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper named Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand as the prospect who hurt his draft stock the most this season.

The former five-star recruit was expected to break out in 2017, his first as a full-time starter, but Hand has only 2.5 TFL. "At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, he's a tweener -- not big enough to be a tackle but not explosive enough to play end at the next level," Kiper wrote.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 03:35:00 PM

Alabama senior DE DaShawn Hand (knee) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against LSU.

Hand (6'4/278) has been medically-cleared to play, but Alabama would like to see how he's holding up at the end of the practice week before they decide whether or not he is ready for what figures to be a rock 'em, sock 'em affair with LSU this weekend. Hand did not play a game in October due to an MCL sprain.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 10:53:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee) is day-to-day.

Hand (6'4/278) missed the month of October while rehabbing from an MCL sprain. He is expected to be able to take part in practice to a considerable degree this week and has a shot at playing against LSU on Saturday if he can make it through the week without physical setback.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 10:58:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (MCL) is returning to practice this week ahead of the Tide's game against LSU on Saturday.

Hand (6'4/278) hasn't played since spraining his MCL against Ole Miss at the end of September. It doesn't guarantee that the talented senior will return against the Tigers, but it does bode well for him being able to return soon and make an already elite defense that much stronger.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 07:20:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee) has not been practicing this week.

While Hand has not yet been officially ruled out for Saturday's game against Tennessee, there are no indications at this juncture that he will be able to play in that contest. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound senior has been sidelined since suffering a sprained MCL against Ole Miss at the end of September. There remains no concrete timetable for his return to action.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 06:16:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Arkansas.

Hand (6'4/278) remains sidelined due to an MCL sprain suffered against Ole Miss two Saturdays ago. Alabama HC Nick Saban has termed his status "week-to-week." While there is no concrete timetable for Hand's return, the initial hope was that he would miss only three games. We should have a more clear idea as to a comeback date next week.
Source: 247Sports
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 06:36:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

No real surprise, here, as Hand sustained an MCL sprain during Saturday's blowout of Ole Miss and is expected to miss in the neighborhood of three games. The preseason All-SEC selection had recorded 11 tackles (1.5 for loss) and a sack on the year prior to going down injured.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 03:22:00 PM

Alabama senior DE Da'Shawn Hand is expected to miss "about three games," according to beat writer Matt Zenitz.

As previously blurbed, Hand sprained his MCL when an Ole Miss blocker went low on a block. Hand could return for the contest against LSU on Nov. 4. He's obviously a focal point of the Alabama front seven.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 11:07:00 AM

Alabama senior DE De'Shawn Hand (MCL) is doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said that Hand (6'4/278) was 'very doubtful" for the tilt against Texas A&M, and could miss multiple weeks. He suffered the MCL sprain on what appeared to be a late hit by an Ole Miss player. It would be a big surprise if he's able to suit up for Alabama in the coming weeks, and he's a big loss to the Crimson Tide pass rush.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 02:01:00 PM