By: Steve Johnson
DaeSean Hamilton, WR Penn State
6’0 1/2 203 31″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands
34 1/2″ vert, 9’10” broad jump
2013: Redshirted due to wrist injury
2014: 13 games. 82 rec, 899 yards, 2 TDs. 8 att, 32 yards
2015: 13 games. 45 rec, 580 yards, 6 TDs.
2016: 12 games. 34 rec, 506 yards, 1 TD. 1 att, -12 yards
2017: 13 games. 54 rec, 857 yards, 9 TDs. 1 att, 2 yards
Accolades: 2013second-team All-Big Ten, 2017 second-team All-Big Ten
Injuries: Wrist injury in 2013 caused him to redshirt
History: Born in Okinawa, Japan, both parents are U.S. Marine Corps. Has a brother with nonverbal autism and played a huge role in helping him, including taking time during his elective class in high school to help teach special needs. The 3-star recruit was invited to play in the U.S. Army All America Game.
Strengths: Good slot size. Very productive, had over 200 catches and almost 3,000 yards in career. Excellent route runner. Has line up inside and outside throughout career. First down machine, 40 out 53 of his 2017 catches went for a first down. Good ball skills. Caught a ball in 51 of 53 career games, including 34 straight games to start his career. Not afraid to go across the middle. Willing blocker. Team captain
Weaknesses: Not a blazer. Doesn’t have much of a second gear. Doesn’t have ideal outside size, strength, or speed. Has had issues with drops.
Overview: Hamilton is a great route runner who should be able start in the slot and make an impact immediately.
Draft Projection: 3rd Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.5
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