CB Marcus Hamilton (5-11, 188)Strengths: He had a pulse. Hamilton never played a down for the Bucs, spending all of last season on the practice squad. However, he acquired plenty of experience with Cover-2 schemes while at Virginia and with the Bucs, so from that standpoint Hamilton has enough knowledge to step in and at least understand Chicago's base defensive scheme.
Weaknesses: He has next to no game experience. He's likely a special-teams contributor, but to expect him to come in and be a third or fourth cornerback is asking a lot. He never could crack the roster last season.
Postins Says: Hamilton is most likely better off in Chicago. The Bucs had too much depth at corner to give him much of a chance for playing time. But he's truly an unknown quantity and will likely need time to contribute in Chicago.
JC's Take: The fact that the front office chose to claim Hamilton off the waiver wire and add him to the 53-man roster, as opposed to promoting fifth-round pick Zack Bowman from the practice squad, means the former Buc might be a potential fit as the nickelback. The starting corners, Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher, are both signed for the long term, but everyone from Brandon McGowan to Danieal Manning to Corey Graham has been given a shot in the nickel package. Hamilton played some nickel against the Bears in Week 3 and was credited with two pass breakups, and he's certainly big enough to handle the assignment at 5-11 and just under 190 pounds.
Moving even further down the depth chart is Trumaine McBride, the second-year pro who started nine games at right corner last year as a seventh-round rookie but can't seem to crack the defesive rotation in 2008.
Scout Analysis: Marcus Hamilton
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