|Woodbridge (VA) Woodbridge defensive end Da'Shawn Hand|
Weight: 245 lbs.
Position: Defensive end
High school: Woodbridge (VA) Woodbridge
Notes: Holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boise State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and West Virginia . . . Claims a 4.6 forty . . . As a junior in 2012, had 78 tackles and 16 sacks . . . As a sophomore in 2011, had 84 tackles and 21 sacks . . . Ranked the #1 overall prospect by Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports
Strengths: Plays with a low base . . . Shows ability to use hands well to shed blockers . . . Powerful defender capable of making plays while fending off blockers . . . Quick first step . . . Excellent speed for his size . . . Changes direction well . . . Delivers a blow when he reaches ball carrier . . . Hustles to make plays from the back side
Weaknesses: Anything I put here would be totally nit-picking
Projection: Strongside defensive end. I haven't seen another prospect in the 2014 class who is better, so his #1 ranking seems to be deserved. The guy has a good frame, moves well both forward and laterally, has good technique, and appears to be a high motor player. It will be tough to run at him, and it will be tough for opposing tackles in the passing game. Wherever he goes, he should be able to play early and turn into a dominant player at the college level.
Reminds me of: Da'Quan Bowers
Here are a few junior highlights posted on Rivals and some sophomore highlights from Hudl.