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Grading System
RODERICK HOOD
Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Auburn
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 5'9½, 188
40 Time: 4.55
Grade: 3.14

BIO: Totaled 25 tackles, two INTs and broke up seven passes as a senior while also averaging 11.6 yards on 36 punt returns and 19.8 yards on 21 kick returns. Broke into the starting lineup as a junior posting 29-3-2 on defense and averaging 10.1 yards on 15 punt returns.

POSITIVES: Athletic cover corner with adequate size-speed numbers. Quick footed, displays a burst of speed breaking on the pass and physical. Bumps opposing receivers throughout the routes and defends the run. Above-average skills returning punts.

NEGATIVES: Loses one-half step off the line transitioning to run with opponents, side shuffles rather than back pedals and slow turning back to the ball. Best facing the QB, struggles in man-on-man coverage and lacks the decisive move on the pass.

ANALYSIS: Better off as a zone cornerback but must make his mark on special teams.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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