Scouting Report: Derrick Hamilton

NFL Draft Expert weighs in on Clemson wide receiver Derrick Hamilton. "While he must get stronger and toughen up, Hamilton has the skills which translate well to the next level," says Pauline.

Name: Derrick Hamilton School Clemson Year 4Jr
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 196 40: 4.51 Pos: WR

Bio: Second team All Conference selection in '03 as both a wide receiver and return specialist. Finished with receiving numbers of 62/1,026/10 while averaging 7.5 yards on 29 punt returns and 34.5 yards on 11 kick returns with an additional score. Junior receiving totals were 52/602/2 with a 10.8 average on 35 punt returns. Led the ACC in all purpose yards in 2002. Production numbers his first season included 53/684/4 as a receiver, and an average of 31.7 yards on 15 kick returns. Awarded All Academic honors in the past.

Pos: Elusive and explosive skill player that impacts the game handling the ball. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, runs sharp routes and consistently gets separation from defenders. Finds the open spot in the field, gets vertical then extends to grab the errant throw. Can double cut and displays top footwork. Tracks the deep ball, looks the pass in and effective running after the reception. Follows blocks down the field and slides through the smallest openings in the defense.

Neg: Plays a timid brand of football; gathers into receptions if he's going to get hit and does not win out in battles. Does not always catch the pass cleanly and lets the ball get inside him. More quick than fast and not a true burner.

Analysis: While he must get stronger and toughen up, Hamilton has the skills which translate well to the next level. Would be a perfect fit in a West Coast offensive system or even a solid number two wide out that plays along side a big bodied receiver. Abilities as a return specialist will slide into the draft's first day. Top Stories