The Detroit Lions make a trade once again with the New England Patriots and draft Alabama DE/DT Da’Shawn Hand in the fourth round. GM Bob Quinn gave up a 2019 third-round pick to grab Hand at the 114th pick this year.
The 6-foot-4, 297-pounder will most likely play the 5-tech position in Matt Patricia‘s defensive scheme. Hand was projected to go in day two and the Lions were able to pounce on the falling athlete. At almost 300-pounds, he still ran an eye-opening 4.83-second 40-yard dash at the combine.
The 22-year old will be reunited with one-time Alabama defensive line coach, Bo Davis, who is now a coach with the Lions.
Per Lance Zierlein of NFL.com:
“In 2014, Hand was considered the top-rated recruit in the nation but failed to find the production and accolades that were expected of him. While he possesses NFL size and ability, he hasn’t always played with the fire or urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders. Hand is a versatile defender who could be targeted as a base end who reduces inside on passing downs. He’ll likely be drafted on Day 2 based on the traits, but he’s hardly a lock to match the production to the talent as a pro.”