Packers Meet 2 Defensive Backs

The pre-draft visits have started, and among the six that we know about, two are small-school defensive backs. One is an explosive safety who transferred from the SEC. The other is a productive All-American cornerback.

The Green Bay Packers have brought in or are schedule to bring in two defensive backs for visits, Packer Report has learned.

One of them is safety Jakar Hamilton from South Carolina State, who's a man in demand with 11 visits on his pre-draft tour.

One source made the rather unlikely comparison between Hamilton and former Packers safety Nick Collins. Hamilton, however, had a big pro day workout in front of a Packers scout. Hamilton (5-11, 186), a possible late-round prospect, had a 4.56 in the 40 with a 40.5-inch vertical.

Hamilton, already out with a broken ankle, transferred from Georgia after being stuck behind Shawn Williams and Bacarri Rambo — two safeties who could go in Day 2 of this year's draft.

He put in overtime to become eligible for this past season. In August, he told the Times and Democrat newspaper in Orangeburg, S.C., that he had to take 19 credits during the Spring 2012 semester and 18 more in the summer.

In his one season on the team, he played in eight games (three starts) and recorded 40 tackles and broke up three passes. He also averaged 31.1 yards on seven kickoff returns with a 96-yard touchdown. He had a strong week at the NFLPA All-Star Game.

A junior college All-American and a finalist for the National Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year at Georgia Military College, Hamilton started five games for Georgia in 2010 and had 27 tackles and a pick-six.

The other defensive back making a visit is Jumal Rolle, a cornerback from Catawba who probably will be a priority free agent. He was first-team Division II All-America after tying for second in the Southern Athletic Conference with six interceptions while breaking up 16 passes and blocking four kicks. For his career, he picked off 16 passes. The Packers watched him at Wake Forest's pro day on March 18 and at the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game. Rolle (6-0, 186), who has the height the Packers like, ran in 4.51 with a 35.5-inch vertical.

"He's a legit prospect," coach Chip Hester told the Salisbury Post in October. "We've had about 20 NFL teams come in and check him out. It's hard to find corners that have some size but can still move like Jumal moves. And he's really good running down on special teams. That's another big plus for him."

Packer Report will have more on these two, as well as four other visits we know about, in our ongoing list of draft exclusives.

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