Embed from Getty Images The Detroit Lions, who will begin to switch their defensive scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4 needed both more beef up front. As well as a pass rusher. Enter 300 lbs defensive end Da’Shawn Hand.
At the University of Alabama Da’Shawn Hand struggled to find consistent play. He did not become a starter for the Crimson Tide until this past season. His season saw good progress.
His long arm length helps Da’ Shawn close would be running lanes and alters the plans of running backs. For a big player he has fantastic balance. He has versatility to his game. He is fast enough to play end on the 3-4 or 3-technique in a 4-3 formation.
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia, earlier said the Lions would not commit to one or the other formation but would lineup in either given the situation. Making Hand, a solid pick.
While at Alabama Da’Shawn Hand, missed 3 games due to a sprained MCL. He has trouble consistently rushing the passer. Despite having all the physical tools Detroit Lions, defensive coaches are going to have to work to help him find consistent play.
I have little doubt they can do the job. Lions, general manager Bob Quinn has yet to miss on a draft pick. I think by getting Da’ Shawn Hand in the fourth round they got a solid player with room to both improve and grow.
Given the Detroit, coaching staff this may be a steal of a draft pick.