Position: Running back
College: North Carolina
Weight: 232 pounds
Selection: Seventh round, No. 242 overall
They Raiders don’t need running back anymore. Marshawn Lynch satiated that hunger. They Raiders still took a big young running back with their third selection in the seventh round. He could develop on the practice squad, with four running backs already set for the regular season.
He’ll certainly compete against some quality, including Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale.
Hood’s a powerful runner at 232 pounds. He’s a big dude who can accelerate through contract and is adept at breaking tackles. NFL.com states he had 28 broken tackles over the past two seasons. He’s a solid pass protector, something important in the Raiders scheme. Analysts say he blocks well enough that he could end up as a fullback.
He doesn’t have great speed in open space, and isn’t terribly elusive as a runner. He could be effective behind the Raiders offensive line, and could be useful in the red zone or in short yardage situations. That won’t be when Lynch is in the fray, but possibly down the road. He could be injury protection throughout the preseason.