Steelers 1st RD Draft Pick: Evander "Ziggy" Hood

From When Evander “Ziggy” Hood heard his name called as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first-round draft pick, one thought instantly flashed through his mind. “I’m part of the Steel Curtain,” said Hood, the first defensive lineman taken by Pittsburgh on the first round since four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Casey Hampton in 2001. OK, so Hood felt a different sensation entirely in his stomach, but at least the former Missouri player maintained some historical perspective upon realizing he was going to the Super Bowl champions. “I couldn’t describe the feeling,” he said. “My stomach just tightened up all of a sudden and I choked. I almost fainted.” The Steelers can only hope Hood doesn’t feel the same way before games. They had only one 15-minute, face-to-face meeting with Hood before the Steelers made him the 32nd and final pick of the first round, so he was somewhat surprised they chose him. The 22-year-old Hood adds some youth to the Steelers’ productive but aging defensive line. – AP Sports


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