Hood is an extremely quick lineman, posting at least four sacks in each of his final three seasons at Missouri. He finished his four-year college career with 165 tackles and 23 tackles for a loss. He also forced five fumbles and recovered several more.
DL Ziggy Hood
Hood's extremely productive college career has him on the brink of becoming a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. In both the Scout Network Mock Draft and Steuber's 2009 Mock Draft, Hood was projected to go to the Indianapolis Colts with the No. 27 overall pick.
Barring a drastic change in Hood's draft stock, the Chargers would have to swing a draft-day deal to have a realistic shot at reeling him in. San Diego's first pick is No. 16 overall and its second pick isn't until Round Three, No. 78 overall.
However, GM A.J. Smith is not shy about moving around the draft board to get the man he wants, pulling off draft-day trades for Eric Weddle in 2007 and Jacob Hester in 2008. It's possible the Chargers have a similar bull's-eye set on Hood, who could fill the void at defensive end created by the offseason departure of Igor Olshansky.
Hood (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) has a similar build to Olshansky. And while Hood is not as strong against the run, he is a far superior pass rusher.
"I learned different moves, different steps from the coaches and those who played ahead of me," said Hood of his pass-rushing arsenal. "Different moves, different steps, some I knew from high school, but I never had to put my hand down in high school until I came to Missouri. I was a standup defensive end in high school."