Found April 28, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
When the Pittsburgh Steelers spent their first round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft on Ziggy Hood they expected to get a replacement for Aaron Smith that could continue their production at defensive end. Hood was immediately thrown into the fire early and often as a young player due to injuries to Smith, but he still hasn’t become a dominant end for the Steelers. At this point many fans are ready to give up on Hood and as he enters the final year of his contract with the Steelers they will have to decide what his future with the team will be. Hood is not as bad as many would have you think, but he also is not nearly as good as his predecessor Smith. Even so, it’s hard to expect even a first round pick to become an All-Pro player like Smith who may have been one of the most underrated defenders in Steelers history. That said the Steelers are still hoping for Hood to become a quality starter and a guy who can shut down the running game and take on blockers to help free up LaMarr Woodley’s path to the quarterback. Yesterday after the Steelers had finished up drafting their coaches went through press conferences. Linebacker coach Keith Butler had the following to say about Hood ”Ziggy Hood has some technical stuff … John (Mitchell) has to work with him and John knows about it.” Hood has been praised for his athleticism since being drafted by the Steelers in 2009 and is considered to be the, or one of the, strongest players on the team in the weight room. The biggest issue with Hood at this point is converting that strength onto the field as well as just technical work on his play in different sets. put [...]

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