Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) celebrates a turnover in the red zone in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 Free Agent Analysis: Ziggy Hood

The Jacksonville Jaguars were exceedingly active in free agency this offseason thanks to an envious amount of cap space. General manager David Caldwell has done a good job of trimming the fat and taking care of some financial burdens imposed on the franchise by former general manager Gene Smith. After hitting on some key free agent acquisitions in 2013 – Sen’Derrick Marks and Alan Ball being the two most prominent – it’s time to see if any players from this free agent class can be as successful going forward.

Today we break down a player who has been somewhat disappointing in his career thus far – defensive lineman Ziggy Hood.

Drafted at the end of the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, Hood played mainly defensive tackle during his time at the University of Missouri. The Steelers tried to transition Hood into a 3-4 defensive end, but it clearly didn’t pan out. Here’s how Hood has done according to Pro Football Focus, where the final 3 columns are PFF grades.

 

Year Snaps Tkls QB Hurry QB Hit QB Sack Pass Rush Run Def. Overall
2009 225 5 6 3 1 1.4 -0.5 1.9
2010 805 16 15 3 5 -15.6 -5 -17.2
2011 879 21 10 4 1 -19.4 -6.5 -22.3
2012 833 23 8 3 3 -15 2 -10
2013 646 27 14 2 3 -10.6 -7.1 -14
Total 3388 92 53 15 13 -59.2 -17.1 -61.6

 

Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood (96) runs out of the tunnel for player introductions before playing the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The advanced metrics in the table above are not very kind to Hood. In 2010 he was the 2nd-worst 3-4 defensive end according to Pro Football Focus, and in 2011 he was the worst by a significant margin.

The responsibilities of a 3-4 end are vastly different from those of a defensive tackle in a traditional 4-3 front. While Hood has all the physical tools to play both positions, he clearly never took to playing end in a 3-4 scheme. Regardless, he showed decent ability against the run, and he put up respectable numbers in regards to rushing the quarterback.

Signing Ziggy Hood is a gamble, but it’s one the Jaguars can afford to make. The Jaguars needed to add some depth at defensive tackle, and maybe playing a familiar role where he flourished in college can bring the best out of Hood.

 

-Daniel Lago

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