Hand was considered by some recruiting experts to be the No. 1 player in the Class of 2014 as a dominant high school player out of Virginia. He committed to Alabama over other top programs such as Michigan and Florida, but his success at the prep level did not correlate to college dominance.
Hand was good -- but not necessarily great -- as he tallied two sacks as a freshman, three sacks as a sophomore, two sacks as a junior and three sacks as a junior. He was used mostly as a rotational player on the defensive line before starting nine games in his final season.
It might be unfair to judge Hand against his lofty expectations out of high school. The fact of the matter is that he turned into a solid defender for one of the best teams in the country. He has long arms and a muscular, lean frame despite nearly tipping 300 pounds on the scale. Offensive linemen will have their work cut out for them to knock Hand off his center of gravity.
However, lingering questions remain. Why didn't Hand produce better results during his time in Tuscaloosa? Based on his role in college, some scouts envision more of the same -- a reserve, rotational defender at the next level. Hand did not help his draft stock when he was arrested for driving under the influence last July.
--Field Level Media
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