DaeSean Hamilton

Penn St.
WR

Prospect Info

College
Penn St.
Hometown
Class
Fredericksburg, VA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
203 lbs
31”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.70
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 4 ‧ Pick 13
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
34.5
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Broad Jump
118.0
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3 Cone Drill
6.84
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.15
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Hamilton exploded on the scene as a redshirt freshman for the Nittany Lions, following a 2013 season lost to a wrist injury. He received honorable mention All-Big Ten notice (coaches) after starting all 13 games and leading the conference with 82 receptions (889 yards, two touchdowns). League media made him an honorable mention pick the following year, as he started 12 of 13 games, accumulating 45 receptions for 580 yards and six scores (5-71, touchdown vs Georgia in the Sugar Bowl). Hamilton was again a regular starter in 2016 (13 of 14 games) but had career lows in all categories (34-506, one touchdown) despite an excellent performance against Wisconsin the Big Ten Championship Game (8-118). Hamilton had more production as a senior, garnering second-team All-Big Ten honors from coaches after catching 53 passes for 857 yards and nine touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Overview
Four-year starter and one of the team leaders who helped to turn Penn State's fortunes around. Big slot who lacks shiftiness from the slot, but is able to uncover with disciplined, consistent routes. Much like his athletic ability, his production was solid, but nothing special. While his size is a bonus for teams who like big-bodies in the slot, how he runs and tests could go a long way into if and when he gets drafted. He could land on the back end of the roster, but it needs to be the right team.
Strengths
  • Excellent size as a slot target
  • Routes are rhythmic and precise
  • Comes out of breaks at sharp angles
  • Able to catch through contact
  • Showed talent to track football early and make late body adjustments to win the contested catch down the field
  • Focus seems to sharpen on 3rd downs and near goal line
  • Almost 80 percent of his catches in 2017 went for first down
  • Adds yards after catch with subtle side-steps and quality play strength
  • Scouts say he's described as "special" and "unselfish" by everyone around him
  • High-achiever
  • Team captain who takes time to teach younger players
Weaknesses
  • Initial burst off the line of scrimmage is dull
  • Unable to race past press corners looking to derail his get-off
  • Plays at a single speed
  • Doesn't show a second gear to run down challenging throws in front of him
  • Not overly sudden out of breaks and stems
  • Has to win with routes instead of quickness
  • Hands showed improvement this season, but focus drops still show themselves
  • Catch radius is lacking
  • Can improve physicality as a blocker
Sources Tell Us

"In this job you deal with some really good guys and some not so good guys. He's one of the best. I think he goes undrafted, but I also think football is going to be a very small part of what he accomplishes in his life." -- AFC team regional scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league