Jaguars Line Fixing

The interior of the Jaguars defensive line is in major need of a talent infusion, as John Henderson is no longer the dominant force he once was, and the combination of Derek Landri and Rob Meier are solid, but not close to star caliber. Find out which player may be able to fix the Jaguars problem without having to spend the eighth overall pick.

Boston College's B.J. Raji seems to be the hot name amongst defensive tackles, and rightfully so, as he dominated the week of Senior Bowl practice. At this point in time, it is unclear if Raji will even still be on the board when the Jaguars select at pick number eight. One player who was nearly as impressive in Senior Bowl practices, and will likely be on the board in the top of round two and possibly beyond is Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood.

Hood measures in at 6'3", 298 lbs., and has a spin-move that baffled some of the best collegiate linemen. At times in Senior Bowl practices, Hood was truly unblockable, as he has certain explosion off the snap of the football. Hood was quick to credit the people around him for his great showing at the Senior Bowl.

"(I credit) all those Mizzou coaches doing all they can to make a great player out of me. CES down in Atlanta has helped train me (as well)," Hood said when asked about where he's currently working out.

The former first team All-Big 12 performer finished his senior season with 57 tackles, six TFL, four sacks, two passes defensed, 10 quarterback hurries, and even had a blocked field goal. Those numbers helped earn him the Senior Bowl invite, and he was happy to receive the opportunity.

"Feels like we're part of an elite squad, the top seniors are here, Hood said in an exclusive interview with Scout.com. "It's just good competition all around. It's been real fun, but it's more business like than just coming down here and playing around."

Ziggy feels like he can play in any system, and he has bulked up about since his season ended.

"I measured in at 6'3", 298 (pounds)," Ziggy said. "My normal playing weight for Mizzou was a little lighter, maybe 290-295. I don't want to get too much bigger, maybe 305, I don't want to lose my speed or quickness."

When asked what Bengals coach Marvin Lewis had him playing this week and what he excels in, he responded—

"I've been playing mostly 3-technique, the coaches tried some different things today moving people around, but I want to pretty much stay 3-technique whatever team I go to," Hood said. "If I'm blessed with that opportunity they'll move me accordingly and I'll just have to get better at whatever I'm doing."

Hood had several Missouri teammates join him in Mobile, something that would have been a bit of a shock just a few years ago.

"It goes to show how much better Mizzou has got since the years where we were in the slums," Hood said candidly. "Now the '04 and '05 class boosted up and basically we just got better."

Although quarterback Chase Daniel and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin receive most of the acclaim for the Tigers turnaround, Ziggy Hood played a critical part as well.


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