Redskins Looking in Backyard for CB Help

Based on information received from an NFL source, Washington has expressed interest in an undervalued cornerback in this year's draft. Will they pull off a steal on Day 2? Learn more inside...

An NFL source has told me that the Redskins have expressed some interest in Virginia cornerback Marcus Hamilton. And Washington could likely grab him late in the draft if the Chiefs and the Bears don't beat them to him. Both are showing strong interest in the talented and bright Cavalier.

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.


Marcus Hamilton
CB, Virginia

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

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The Buzz: Enters the draft with 15 career interceptions, second only to Duke's John Talley amongst cornerbacks entering this year's draft ... Considered to be one of the top cover corners in the ACC ... Has visits scheduled with two NFL teams already and has received inquiries from five teams, including the Saints and the Falcons ... "Just taking on that leadership role being a fifth-year senior, I think walking the walk is the right term to use for him. You can't ask for a better role model like that to be so talented on the field and off the field." -- Virginia WR Fontel Mines ... "Physical and will mix it up with opponents" -- TFY Draft Preview ... Intelligent player who knows how to use his closing speed burst to bait quarterbacks into throwing interceptions ... "Hamilton's a guy you better be aware of at all times because he can turn a game around in a hurry."  -- Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt.

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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