Weight: 245 lbs
Projection: 6th Round
Grade: 6.6 (Grading Scale)
Dominant edge rusher who led the nation in sacks this year with 20.5…gets off the ball quickly and does a good job getting straight up field…possesses a number of pass rush moves to beat his man both inside and outside…really showed us something when able to dip his shoulder and turn the corner on the OT…closes very well, seems to find an extra gear when nearing the QB…not afraid to deliver a hit to the QB and give him something to think about…Effort player who plays through the whistle and is active in his pursuit…athletically fits the mold of a stand up 34 OLB rusher in the NFL who can work in space and attack the line of scrimmage.
Like many young defensive lineman the first think Hamilton will need to work on is his hands, he needs to be more effective with them in order to help himself disengage from blocks quicker…we would like to see him get a little stronger, he relies almost exclusively on athletic ability from what we saw, if he can add a complimentary bull rush he could become dynamic…Slight undersized at only 6’2 but he does have 32.5” arms…will need to work on coverage ability if he plans to showcase his ability to 34 teams, need to show fluidity in his drop and the awareness to play in zone coverage two things he’s been asked to do little of in school.