What's so special about Hamilton? How about 15 career interceptions, the second-most thefts amongst cornerbacks in this year's draft class. He simply has a knack for baiting quarterbacks into making throws that he's able to close on before the ball arrives. Hamilton's a playmaker, and can contribute immediately on special teams as well.
The Redskins need some youth for secondary depth, and a potential playmaker like Hamilton could provide a boost to a defense that allowed more passing touchdowns than any other team in the league.
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Numbers: 5'11, 191 pounds
2006 Stats: 5 INT, 4 PD, 39 tackles (27 solo), 4 TFL, 1 QB pressure in 11 games
Career Stats: 15 INT, 10 PD, 102 tackles (73 solo), 8 TFL, 1 QB
pressure in 51 games
Noteworthy: Was a team captain for the Cavaliers ... His 63
tackles in 2005 tied for the second most by a cornerback in school history ...
Graduated in December 2005, a semester early, with a degree in sociology and
enrolled in graduate school for 2006 ... In his junior year, sealed UVA's Music
City Bowl win over Minnesota with an interception in the end zone to end the
Golden Gophers' final possession. Also broke up four passes in the game to set a
Virginia bowl record ... In 2003, led the kickoff coverage unit with 10 tackles.
Marcus Hamilton Q&A Preview:
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Ed Thompson: When scouts come to your Pro Day on March 19th, what is it that you want to make sure they see out on the football field? And what do you want them to know about you personally when you get a chance to talk to them?
Marcus Hamilton: Personally, I want them to know that I'm a very high-character guy, intelligent, family-oriented, and a Christian who believes in God and strives and works hard in everything he does in life. And on the field I'd say just that I have the skill set to play the next level; that I have the hips and the feet that NFL corners need to have, and that I have the speed to play at the next level.
ET: One statistic of yours that really stands out is your 15 interceptions during your college career…
MH: I've been able to be on some pretty good defenses and been privileged to make plays, and the Lord has just blessed me tremendously to be able to grab the amount of interceptions I have. I have pretty good hands so I like to be able to think that if the ball's in the air, I have a good shot at getting it. And that's just how I've been for the past couple of years.
ET: What are your strengths as a cornerback that should serve you well in the NFL?
MH: I feel like I'm very athletic and I have the cover abilities, but I also
sometimes like to take chances and make the quarterback think that a receiver's
open, and as the ball is being lofted get in close to the receiver and get the
interception. I've done that a couple of times, especially on our coverage
schemes which allow me the flexibility to do that. I think that's a big key, to
be able to make the quarterback think somebody's open and at the last second
recover to them and make the play.
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