Cobi Hamilton Scouting Report

January 10th, 2013

Cobi Hamilton flashes his hands against LSU

QB / RB / FB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF

Prospect: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 209 lb.
Grade: 6.7 (Grading Scale)

Athleticism:

  • Impressive straight line speed, smooth athlete
  • Adequate body control when tracking the ball to make up for ability of hands to catch the ball
  • Lacks threat of real burst off the line or from stopped position
  • Lean frame, could add a lot to his game by adding bulk, unable to make the most of his height as well

Route Running:

  • Often sits and waits for the ball on comeback routes on the perimeter, will leave his quarterback out to dry
  • Will create separation with hands in some subtle and some not-so-subtle ways
  • Most routes very imprecise, will round corners and try to win with speed
  • Handles press well with developed hand usage and foot quickness

Hands:

  • Prototypical “body-catcher”, occurences of a hands only catch are infrequent
  • Ball can be knocked out easily while he moves it from body to run after catch position
  • Tendency to rely on arms and body to catch the ball limits his catch radius and ability to extend for balls, not a high-pointer
  • Will drop balls if he has to adjust his hands too much, ball placement needy

Running/Return Ability:

  • Terrific vision after the catch, decisive as well
  • Very yardage efficient while turning up field quickly after the catch
  • Long strider who can pick up yardage quickly in open field or with a crease
  • Won’t make defenders miss often in space and lacks frame to pick up tough yards
  • Has long speed to be a deep threat, but limited because he’s unable to leverage defensive backs from the ball with his body
  • Fearless going across the middle, unafraid to take big hits from safeties or linebackers
  • Lean frame limits ability to fight through contact in routes

Leadership/Intangibles:

  • Formed natural connection with Tyler Wilson as a senior, good quarterback chemistry
  • Leverages well as blocker, shows understanding of blocking concepts
  • Uses running plays as a down off too often, trying to set picks on defenders instead of sustaining blocks

Overall:

Hamilton showed the ability to step into a #1 receiver role as a senior after departure of three NFL receivers.  He became Tyler Wilson’s clear-cut favorite target during his final season with the Razorbacks.  Hamilton has more than enough experience and comes from an offense with a high passing rate.  He recorded a season high 90 catches as a senior, including 5 games with double digit receptions.  His touchdown totals in his career back up what the tape shows; he’s not a redzone target.  He’s most effective in the role that Paul Petrino had him in this season.  He was heavy utilized over the middle with a high number of crossing routes.  This allowed Wilson to get the ball into his hands early and on the move in order to utilize his ability to pick up yards after the catch.  Hamilton is by no means a Percy Harvin type receiver after the catch, but his efficiency is outstanding.  He’s always shown the ability to fill a specific role and will be able to do that at the next level.  Every receiving corps needs guys to fill roles like Hamilton can, which will keep his draftability somewhere late second day or early third.

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