Saquan Hampton

Rutgers
S
DB49

Prospect Info

College
Rutgers
Hometown
Class
Hamilton, NJ
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
206 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
8 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.29
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.48
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Hampton showed glimpses of becoming a potential star during his first three years with the Scarlet Knights, but injuries to both shoulders shortened his sophomore and junior seasons. The New Jersey native got into the lineup as a redshirt freshman, starting 1 of 12 games played (28 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups). He started seven game in 2016, but missed five games and played with a harness through the second half of the year (46 tackles, three for loss, one interception). He started 7 of 8 games played in 2017 due to another shoulder problem (38 tackles, three pass breakups). Hampton played well during a healthy senior season, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as well as his team's MVP Award after leading the conference with 1.3 passes defended per game (three interceptions, 13 pass breakups in 12 starts). He posted 65 tackles on the year, three for loss.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Safety prospect with good size whose college versatility could get whittled down to a more specific role. Hampton might not have the agility and coverage twitch to handle man coverage in the slot, and his run support is too passive when he's backed way off the line. His run support is more instinctive and effective as a down safety and he should be able to handle man coverage on big tight ends. He will need to crank up the aggression level and consistently play to his size to make it as a backup in the league.
Strengths
  • Team captain, team leader
  • Possesses NFL size with a frame to add more
  • Offers big nickel and dime linebacker options
  • Above-average ball-tracker
  • Decent trigger to plant and drive from off-man or a pedal
  • Looks to attack ball side of the target and impact catch or take it away
  • Physical enough to jar the catch loose at impact
  • Operates with good feel for pursuit angles from box safety
  • Searches for ball-stripping opportunities
  • Consistent career roles in kick- and punt-cover teams
Weaknesses
  • Missed multiple games due to injuries in 2016 and 2017
  • Takes very passive pursuit angles from high safety spot
  • Rarely races downhill after run diagnosis and allows runner to climb up
  • Drag-down tackler allows additional yards after contact
  • Lacks instincts and needs to see it to play it
  • Average burst to mirror breaks and squeeze the route
  • Lacks route anticipation for man coverage
  • Allows too many easy catches from off-man in slot
  • Play speed and range are both below average

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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