7. Daesean Hamilton, Penn State
NFL comparison – Greg Jennings
Projected draft position – Round 3
Hamilton was a very productive four-year starter for the Nittany Lions. From his redshirt freshman breakout season all the way to his senior year, he was the featured pass-catcher for Penn St. He utilizes his size in the slot very well while showcasing his quickness and vision within zone defenses to get open. Not exceptionally fast but has the uncanny ability to get open with his terrific route running and sharp one cut burst at the stem.
One thing about his game that might go overlooked is his toughness and ability to not shy away from the catch in anticipation of being hit. He is a skillful hands catcher who consistently snags the ball out of the air without losing stride. Unfortunately for Hamilton, being the top receiver on a team with the best running back in the country can make for a lack of recognition and insane stats.
No matter the case, on film, Hamilton stands out with many attributes that NFL scouts are looking for. During the senior year All-Star games, he was able to showcase his skill set. He consistently beat the best defensive backs in the country with his ability to gain separation. Catching just about everything thrown his way, he was the standout receiver from those games and helped improve his draft stock.