HEIGHT: 6'0 3/4"
WEIGHT: 248 lbs
—Has good extension (near 34.5" arms) for a "shorter" defensive end prospect.
—His upside comes as a speed rusher on passing downs.
—Has penetration skills that translate and was very efficient on a per-snap basis as a pass-rusher in college football.
—Special teams could be a role where he makes a difference on the block teams.
—His size issues are not a fixable trait.
—For an NFL defensive end, especially for a speed rusher, his athleticism is average to below average.
—Early on, he will be a liability on run downs.
63 TKL, 9 TFL, 6.5 SK, 1 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF
—Academic issues kept him from attending college at a Power Five program.
—Initially was going to play linebacker at Marshall before moving to a pass-rushing position.
—First-team All-CUSA in 2020.
Darius Hodge has the background of a high school prospect who was supposed to play major college football but was forced to take a Group of Five scholarship, and he plays like it. He is fairly lengthy for a speed rusher but also lacks the overall size, strength and athleticism that most NFL defensive end prospects possess.
He needs to contribute on special teams while working on his play strength to crack into a pass-rushing rotation on a consistent basis, but he has an opportunity to stick around the league if he does so.
GRADE: 6.7/10 (Round 6)
OVERALL RANK: 213/300
POSITION RANK: EDGE28
PRO COMPARISON: John Simon
Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda