Football roundup: Hood resignation official, Ogunjobi links
Reports surfaced late last week that Kentucky was set to hire Charlotte 49ers assistant head coach Dean Hood. Hood’s resignation was announced Wednesday by the 49ers.
Hood accepted a position with the Kentucky Wildcats staff under Mark Stoops. Hood will serve as Special Teams Coordinator and Outside Linebackers Coach.
Hood spent one season with the 49ers, coaching tight ends and special teams.
“Coach Hood was extremely helpful to us over the past year working with our offense and our special teams,” 49ers head coach Brad Lambert said in a statement. “We are excited for him and this opportunity to coach in the SEC. We wish him the best and thank him for all he did for our program.”
Difference of opinion?
Numerous analysts released their 2017 NFL Draft positional rankings this week with the NFL Scouting Combine less than two weeks away. To no surprise, different analysts have different opinions of the prospects.
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock ranked Charlotte 49ers defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi as the fourth best interior defensive lineman.
However, ESPN Senior Writer and draft analyst Todd McShay did not have Ogunjobi listed in the top 10 of his positional ranks.
In general, ESPN is much lower on Ogunjobi than Mayock. Ogunjobi was given a grade of 55, which is classified as an “adequate prospect.” Per ESPN Scouts Inc., adequate prospects “are usually players that play at a high level in college, but lack some measurables or skills to play at that same level in the NFL. He may be a player that has a lot of developmental qualities, or could be a player that will contribute right away on special teams or in a situational capacity. He will usually rate in the second-third at his position and is considered a fifth round draft choice.”
ESPN Scouts Inc. lists Ogunjobi as the 18th best defensive tackle in this draft.
To be fair, these rankings are subject to change and it is possible that ESPN’s draft analysts have not observed enough tape of Ogunjobi to provide a fair assessment. After all, they don’t even have Ogunjobi’s school listed.
Links from around the web
Ogunjobi spoke with Zach Goodall of Big Cat Country and Ryan Keiran on The Eleven on 11 Podcast to discuss the intricacies of playing defensive tackle and the draft process among other topics. The podcast can be accessed here and on iTunes.
Including Ogunjobi, Conference USA will have 11 players participating in the NFL Scouting Combine. Louisiana Tech leads the way with three players, while Western Kentucky and UTEP will send two each. FAU, FIU and Old Dominion will have one player each. The participant list can be found here.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein’s full scouting report of Ogunjobi can be found here.