Skip to main content

A CLOSER LOOK: Defensive end Da'Shawn Hand

DE Da'Shawn Hand, Alabama.

Pick: Fourth round, 114 overall – acquired in a trade with the Patriots that gave them a third-round pick in 2019.


Workout results:From the Combine – 4.83 and 4.84 in two attempts in the 40; 28 reps in the bench press; 31.5 inches in the vertical jump; 9 feet, 3 inches in the standing broad jump.

Bio/stats: A four-year player for the Crimson Tide, Hand was a contributor in the defensive line rotation as a freshman in 2014, playing nine games and recording two sacks. He finished up in 2017 as a full-time starter. He missed three games because of injuries. In 11 games, with nine starts, Hand had 3.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. For his career he had 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

His strength is as a two-gap defender. One of his best games was in the 2018 Sugar Bowl when he tied his career high with five tackles and added a key sack in Alabama's drive to the national championship.

High school heroics: An elite prospect at Woodbridge (Va.) High School, he was a state wrestling champion. He mauled people on the gridiron, recording 40 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a junior, and 16 sacks as a senior.

Analyst's take: From Mike Mayock, NFL Network – "I guarantee  Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn know what they're getting. They're all so well coached by (Alabama head coach) Nick Saban and that staff. I think his two-gap technique is outstanding. The question is, how much can he impact the passing game? He's got the size and movement skills ... for that defense."

Mike O'Hara's take: "For starters, you've got to like the name game -- A'Shawn Robinson and Da'Shawn Hand, both from Alabama, playing defensive tackle side by side.

"Based on his background at Alabama, Hand will begin his career as a rotation player on the interior of the defensive line. It's an upgrade for the Lions. The wrestling background is a plus, because of the flexibility and leverage required to compete successfully at a high level."

Tim Twentyman's take: "The Lions address their front four in round four by moving up to select Alabama defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand. In Hand, the Lions get a player that can play both the five- and three-techniques. His size and athleticism will probably allow him to play all four spots upfront based on the situation. Alabama defenders usually come into the league technically skilled and ready to contribute."

View photos of defensive end Da'Shawn Hand.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content