Scouting Report: Da’Shawn Hand, DT, Alabama

Woodbridge, VA | 6032 | 282 | 4.70E | 2018

Did not start a single game his first three seasons, as he sat patiently behind the likes of A’Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson, all of who were chosen very high in the NFL Draft. However, that doesn’t mean he didn’t get key snaps in big situations. He has flashed the ability to get into the backfield during his limited opportunities. He’s as lean of a 285-pound man as you will ever see; possesses bulldozing strength. On the negative, he doesn’t display much of a diverse pass-rush arsenal aside from the bull rush. He has improved his hand placement and footwork, two areas that continue to be a work in progress. Struggled with back problems and was forced to sit out spring ball in 2017. Was the subject of a Washington Post documentary series named ‘First and 17,’ chronicling his recruitment. Also an all-state high school wrestler and track and field standout. Hails from Philadelphia but went to high school in Washington D.C., where he had over 90 scholarship offers. Can play any position along the defensive line but with his athleticism and size, he’ll most likely project as a 3-4 defensive end.


2016: One of the keys to the Crimson Tide’s vaunted defensive front … totaled 21 tackles on the season with 3.5 for loss (-11 yards) and two sacks (-7 yards) … added five quarterback hurries and one forced fumble … selected to the Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, given annually to the nation’s top lineman.

2015: A sophomore who improved each week as a pass rush specialist … collected 6.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards) and three sacks (-10 yards) to go with his two quarterback hurries … named one of the UA coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his efforts against ULM.

2014: A regular in the Crimson Tide defensive line rotation … played in nine games … the true freshman defensive end finished with seven tackles on the year, including four solo stops and two sacks (-10 yards) … missed the Arkansas game with injury but returned against Texas A&M.

High School/Personal: Virginia All-State selection as a junior and senior at Woodbridge High School, where he amassed 56 sacks during his four-year high school career … All-Met Defensive Player of the Year … also a Virginia state champion wrestler … invited to “The Opening” on the Nike campus in Oregon … recorded 16 sacks as a senior … made 110 tackles with 40 tackles for loss as a junior while registering 16 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … had 84 tackles as a sophomore with 35 for loss and 21 sacks … started the final six games of his freshman season, finishing with 65 tackles and three sacks … coached by Karibi Dede at Woodbridge … received more than 90 scholarship offers, ultimately choosing Alabama over Michigan and Florida.