NFL Draft 2013: Could South Carolina State’s Jakar Hamilton Be Late-Round Sleeper?

Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

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The Washington Redskins have met with South Carolina State defensive back Jakar Hamilton. Although Redskins coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t shown his hand about what the team is planning to do in the draft, they need to do something to help out their secondary.

Hamilton could be an intriguing option.

At 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, Hamilton would not be able to play the run as an every down back unless he can bulk up after he ages a bit, but with 4.56 speed and a vertical leap that reaches 41.5 inches, he could provide coverage in the secondary on passing downs. Hamilton struggles with academics, but there doesn’t appear to be any character flaw the Redskins would have to watch out for.

I’m not sure, if I were Mike Shanahan, that I would spend my first pick at 51, to acquire the youngster that went to three different colleges, but with his hard-hitting style that earned him the nickname “Hitman” while he was a Bulldog would be someone to look at in maybe the middle rounds.

Hamilton began his college career by spending two seasons at Georgia Military College before transferring to Athens. He spent one season with Georgia and again transferred to South Carolina State where he could play in front of his family, and be close to home. Jakar suffered a stress fracture in his left foot at Georgia, and was unable to compete in spring practices. That gave highly touted Safety, Bacarri Rambo an opportunity to secure most of the playing time, and left Hamilton with limited playing time.

Hamilton plays the ball well in the air, but has suspect hands. He does well at breaking up plays, but rarely come down with a pick. He doesn’t do well in man coverages, but is used to the two-deep coverages. With his lack of size, he doesn’t tackle well, but can hit like a freight train.

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Topics: 2013 NFL Draft, Football, Washington Redskins

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