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Omari Hand

DE | (6-3, 267, 4.85) | Tennessee
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played basketball and ran track in high school. Was a high-jumper. Fifth-year senior in '02 who has worked at linebacker in the past and made his first of two starts at defensive end in 2001. Redshirted in '98; saw limited action in '99; and had 13 tackles and 11 tackles for loss in 12 games in 2000. Had 21-3 in '01 when he started the first two games. Came on in the spring of '02. Started all 12 games at left defensive end in '02, making 60 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and 14 pressures. Sprained MCL kept him out of position drills and running the 40 at the Scouting Combine. However, Hand showed very impressive strength, with 34 reps of 225, tops among all defensive linemen.

Positives: Good speed-and-chase player who is quick off the ball. Gets upfield quickly and gets good leverage. Strong and has worked at linebacker. Uses his hands to shed blocks. Can change directions and redirect. Good athletic ability to cross offensive linemen or beat them wide. Very active.

Negatives: Lacks experience, does not finish and needs to improve his pass-rushing skill. Cocky. Needs to be more decisive and show more intensity and tenacity. Lacks size vs. the run and gives an inconsistent effort. Gives in to blocker too easily at times. Has a backup's tenacity.

Summary: May never be an NFL star, but he does have a future in the league because of his upside and potential.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.