Rodrick Hood To Visit the Detroit Lions Monday

Michael Schottey@SchotteyNFL National Lead WriterMay 17, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 10:  Ralph Brown #20 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates his interception against the Carolina Panthers with teammate Roderick Hood #26 during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One of the few attractive free agents on the market is considering the Lions. Cornerback Roderick Hood, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, was cut in April shortly after the team had signed Bryant McFadden.

Hood had come under fire late last year with a poor game against Minnesota. Tarvaris Jackson threw four TD passes—easily his best game of the year—three of which were in the direction of Hood.

Undrafted out of Auburn, Hood signed with the Eagles and got a chance to compete after an injury to Lito Shepherd. Hood left the Eagles to sign with the Cardinals in 2007.

At 27, Roderick Hood is a fitting signing to compete for a nickle or dimeback role but has never shown starting caliber talent to go with his great athleticism. His best season was 2007 when he deflected twenty-one passes and intercepted five for nearly 200 yards and two defensive TDs.

In Detroit, Hood would be a candidate for the fourth CB spot and would immediately have the upper hand against Keith Smith because of his special teams coverage and punt returning ability. Hood could also play safety in an emergency situation.

Hood is also considering the Bengals and Browns.

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