Scouting Report Perfect size/speed combo. He is a menacing pass rusher. Currently has an NFL ready body,but can easily get to 280 and not lose a step. Could be a 4-3 DE at that weight and still be dominant. At the point of attack, Hand is aggressive and tactful. He consistently splits double-team blocking schemes with sheer power and elite quickness, while churning his feet and maintaining proper pad level. His tackling technique is predominately polished, particularly when it comes to wrapping up. Hand uses an exceptional wingspan to corral his target and finishes violently, frequently jarring the ball loose.
His angle of pursuit to the quarterback is tremendous. Hand aims for a passer's midsection and identifies when a quarterback is in the midst of pulling the ball down and scrambling.
runtheoption22's Take I believe this kid would start for most schools in the country, but it just so happens that we've had an influx of talent at the DE position the past two classes. Hand is a dream recruit. Can (and will) play right away, great maturity, well-spoken, national recognition.....just an absolute stud. People had him pegged for Jack early on, but I think he will play DE but I don't think we will bulk him up too much, just so he can keep his speed. It's funny that we brought back DJ Pettway in the same class, because when I first saw Hand, he reminded me of a heavier, stronger Pettway out of HS. Now, Pettway is about the same size and very explosive- and if he walks the straight and narrow- will start ahead of Hand. However, in a lot of ways, they are the same player NOW--- the sky is the limit for Hand in the years to come.
WMack4Bama's Take Getting the #1 overall player has eluded Coach Saban until now. And what better time for him to be here. Like Rashaan Evans is a dream Jack, Hand is a dream DE in our scheme. He's big enough to set/hold the edge and fast to still be an elite pass rusher. His tackling is a certain as death & taxes. To be at the top of this amazing recruiting class says a lot. I think Mr. Hand will be an All-American before he leaves the Capstone.