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Name: DaeSean Hamilton 
College: Penn State     Number: 5
Height: 6-1   Weight: 202
Position: WR  Pos2:   Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 4.44
  40 Time: 4.54
   40 High: 4.64

Projected Round: 3      Stock: 
Rated number 13 out of 324 WR's     102 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6006
Weight: 202

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Dates: 03/20/18
Hand: 09 1/4  Arm: 32 5/8
Wingspan: 76 1/4

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Weight: 202

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 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 2ndC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC/HMM...PBiletnikoff/PMaxwell...2014: HMC
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  DaeSean Hamilton
Penn State
Wide Receiver
6-1, 202, 4.58, #5
Fredericksburg, Va.
Mountain View
3/10/1995


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  01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 14. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State...While the drops are why he isn't higher on this list, Hamilton deserved a spot as he routinely created separation due to his savvy route running. At 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds with 4.55 40-yard-dash speed, he doesn't have dominant physical traits, but his body control in-and-out of his breaks and crafty footwork to set up defensive backs was a common theme in each practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton isn't going to wow anyone with his size or speed, but he consistently gets open and catches the ball -- and those happen to be the two most important qualities when scouting the wide receiver position. Cornerbacks had a tough time staying attached to him, especially from the slot in team drills. Throws in his direction weren't always on point, but he had no trouble scooping the ball off his shoelaces or finishing on the ground. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/18 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Wide receiver: DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State (Fiesta): Hamilton scored two touchdowns and caught five passes for 110 yards in No. 9 Penn State's 35-28 victory over No. 12 Washington. - AP College Football

12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State,...Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and third-team all-conference by the media...Earns third all-conference honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (media in 2014) and honorable mention squad (media in 2015; coaches in 2014)...Is the first Nittany Lion wide receiver to earn first or second team All-Big Ten honors since Chris Godwin (second team) in 2015...Ranks No. 10 among active FBS pass catchers with 209 career receptions, which leads active B1G receivers...Sits No. 10 in receiving yards (2,732) among active FBS pass catchers, which is tops among Big Ten pass catchers...Is No. 25 in receiving yards per game (52.5) among active FBS receivers.…


 Overview

  A four-year starter at Penn State, Hamilton leaves Happy Valley as an important part of the school’s rebirth the last half-decade and has more career catches than anyone in PSU history. A mature and responsible young man, his impact was also felt off the field and his accountable character and mental toughness will be strong selling points to NFL teams.

Hamilton plays all over the formation and relies more on nuanced pace than natural burst in his routes to outmaneuver defenders in coverage. He finds the ball well in flight and fights for positioning, but the drops are frustrating.

BACKGROUND
Hamilton was born in Japan to parents who both served in the United States Marine Corps, moving to Hawaii, then Chicago and ultimately settling in Virginia. Hamilton received major recruiting interest as a junior with offers from Miami (Fla.), Michigan State and nearby Virginia Tech. However, he developed a close bond with Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, whose son (Jack) suffers from a rare neurological disorder called Lissencephaly. Hamilton could relate with his special relationship with his older brother (Darius), who was diagnosed with nonverbal autism at a young age (they communicate through sign language). He committed to the Nittany Lions and was forced to redshirt in 2013 due to a wrist injury.

Hamilton returned in 2015 and led the Big Ten in receptions (82), posting 899 yards and two touchdowns to earn Freshman All-American and All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He started 12 games as a sophomore in 2015 and recorded 45 catches for 580 yards and six touchdowns. Hamilton saw his production drop again in 2016 as a junior, finishing with 34 catches for 506 yards and one score. Hamilton returned for his senior season and bounced back with 53 receptions for 857 yards and a career-best nine touchdowns, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Crafty route-runner with subtle tempo to leverage patterns. Evades at the line of scrimmage with assorted release moves. Understands route depth and works his way to open spaces. Coordinated feet and stem shake to separate. Excellent field sense. Natural ball tracking and judgement skills. Physical to the ball and comfortable making contested catches. Adequate frame and length for the position. Intelligence is clear on and off the field. First-class person and wired right (Penn State head coach James Franklin: “What’s great about DaeSean is it’s always team first for him.”). Leaves Penn State No. 1 in the school record books in receptions (214) and No. 2 in receiving yards (2,842). – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

WEAKNESSES
Ordinary physical traits. Lacks an explosive gear at the top of routes. Doesn’t have the finishing speed to run away from defenders. Consistent separation will be tougher to find against NFL defensive backs. Drops and double-catches appear too often on film due to streaky focus. Needs to be more understated with his push-offs downfield. Willing, but unrefined as a blocker with average play strength. Consistent production in college, but never reached 900 yards in a season and his season-highs in catches and receiving yards both came his freshman season. – Dane Brugler 2/4/2018

IN OUR VIEW
Hamilton doesn’t have noteworthy size, strength or speed and needs to be more consistent finishing catches, but his route savvy and “always available” approach make him a quarterback’s best friend, potentially as a NFL slot receiver in the Doug Baldwin mold.


 2017 Season

  Awards: Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 24 after his showing vs. Michigan...Named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week (Davis III, MSU) on Oct. 2 after his 9-catch, 122-yard, 3-touchdown performance vs. Indiana...Earned Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week and Big Ten Team of the Week following his effort vs. Indiana (9/30), earning the highest position grade of any B1G offensive student-athlete that week.
Season: Started 11 games...Selected team captain prior to the season.

Rankings: Ranks tied for No. 39 in the FBS and No. 6 in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns (7)...Ranks No. 64 in the FBS and No. 5 in the Big Ten in yards per reception (16.0)...Is No. 74 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (62.5).

Akron (9/2): Made three catches for 74 yards...Made catches of 19, 26 and 29 yards in the game. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made three receptions and tied for the team high with 45 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Made three catches for 44 yards and one touchdown...Made a first-down reception on Penn State first scoring drive...Hauled in a 27-yard touchdown catch from Trace McSorley in the second quarter for his 10th career touchdown grab. at Iowa (9/23): Made two catches for 46 yards, with both catches netting 23 yards...Both catches went for first downs. Indiana (9/30): Made nine receptions for 122 yards and a career-high three touchdowns...Was the first Penn State wide receiver with three-or-more touchdowns since Allen Robinson (Indiana; 2012)...The three touchdowns marked his first career multi-touchdown game...Broke Penn State's career receptions record with his eighth catch of the game, passing Bobby Engram (179; 2005-08)...His final touchdown catch came on a pass from running back Saquon Barkley in the fourth quarter...Had one rush on a lateral pass for 2 yards.

..Garnered the coaching staff's Offensive Player of the Week award. at Northwestern (10/7): Caught two passes for 35 yards...Had a 20-yard grab on third-and-11 during Penn State's first scoring drive. Michigan (10/21): Caught six passes for 115 yards...Posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game...Five of his six catches went for a first down. at Ohio State: Grabbed a 13-yard touchdown pass for his lone catch of the game. at Michigan State (11/4): Caught seven passes for 112 yards and one touchdown...Opened the scoring with a 31-yard touchdown grab late in the first quarter...Teamed with DeAndre Thompkins (102 yards) as the first Penn State duo to log 100 receiving yards in the same game since the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game...Added one tackle. Rutgers (11/11): Hauled in three catches for 40 yards...Caught a second-quarter touchdown pass...Made a reception in the third quarter, flipping the ball to Saquon Barkley, who ran it down to the Rutgers 1-yard line...On the second-quarter lateral, Hamilton lost 7 yards on the reception before getting the football to Barkley. Nebraska (11/18): Caught four passes for 42 yards...Three of his four catches went for first downs.


 2016 Season

  Appeared in all 14 games with 13 starts.

Kent State (9/3): Had two catches for nine yards and one touchdown. at Pitt (9/10): Hauled in a game-high eight receptions for 82 yards...Caught the 2-point conversion pass from Trace McSorley that pulled Penn State within three points with 5:00 to play in the game...Had one tackle.

Temple (9/17): Collected two catches for 50 yards...Closed the third quarter with a 45-yard catch-and-run to set up a 30-yard Tyler Davis field goal...Recovered a Temple on-side kick attempt late in the fourth quarter. at Michigan (9/24): Made one catch for 11 yards...Gained 11 yards and a first down on Penn State’s touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Minnesota (10/1): Pulled down three passes for 17 yards.

Maryland (10/8): Made two grabs for 35 yards. Ohio State (10/22): Had one catch for 34 yards on Penn State’s first scoring drive. at Purdue (10/29): Made one catch for 14 yards. at Indiana (11/12): Caught three passes for 85 yards...Hauled in a career-long 54-yard catch to set up the first rushing touchdown of the game for Saquon Barkley. at Rutgers (11/19): Caught two passes for 35 yards.

Michigan State (11/26): Got Penn State’s second scoring drive started with a leaping grab for 16 yards on the sideline for his only catch of the game. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Pulled down a game-high eight catches, which ranks second in Big Ten Championship Game history (9; Keshawn Martin, MSU)...Totaled 118 yards receiving on the night for his fifth career 100-yard game...Caught all eight targets, with five of his catches going for first downs...Had receptions of 38 and 25 yards on Penn State’s go-ahead scoring drive in the fourth quarter.


 2015 Season

  Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts.

at Temple (9/5): Made one catch for five yards. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with three catches for 15 yards...Caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to begin the fourth quarter. Rutgers (9/19): Made a team-high five grabs for 86 yards...Caught a 48-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg in the second quarter, the longest pass play of the season for Penn State. San Diego State (9/26): Tied for game high with five receptions (Godwin)...Totaled 40 yards on his five receptions.

Army (10/3): Grabbed one pass for 12 yards...Made his lone catch on third-and-4 to move the chains prior to Nick Scott’s 11-yard touchdown run. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 49 yards...Had a 39-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. at Ohio State (10/17): Caught two passes for 13 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. vs. Maryland (10/24): Caught five passes for 96 yards and one touchdown...Had three catches of 20-plus yards...Made a 20-yard touchdown grab midway through the third quarter...Hauled in a 38-yard reception on Penn State’s first scoring drive of the game...Had a 24-yard reception that helped set up Joe Julius’ 40-yard field goal late in the second quarter.

Illinois (10/31): Caught four passes for 54 yards...Had three third down catches to extend two of Penn State’s scoring drive...Grabbed a 19-yard pass to convert on third-and-16 on the opening drive of the third quarter, leading to the Nick Scott completion to Christian Hackenberg for a touchdown. at Northwestern (11/7): Grabbed three passes for 56 yards and one touchdown...Made a 32-yard reception on a reverse pass from fellow wide receiver Geno Lewis, diving into the end zone for the score. Michigan (11/21): Caught one pass for five yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Grabbed eight passes for 78 yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Grabbed five passes for 71 yards and one touchdown...Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter to pull Penn State within seven points with 6:14 to play.


 2014 Season

  Started all 13 games in his first season on the field...Led the Big Ten in receptions from start to finish.

Final Rankings: Led the Big Ten with 82 receptions, ranked fourth with 69.2 receiving yards per game and fifth with 889 receiving yards...Paced the conference and finished 28th nationally with 6.3 receptions per game...Only freshman averaging more than 5.8 catches per game in the NCAA and was one of six freshmen that averaged 70.0 or more receiving yards per game.

UCF (8/30): Started his first career game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Broke the Penn State freshman record for receiving yards (165) and catches (11)...Selected Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week...Became the first Nittany Lion freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game (Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood)...His 165-yard performance ranks tied for 13th in Penn State history.

..Hamilton and Geno Lewis became the eighth pair of teammates to record 100-plus receiving yards in the same game and the first tandem to log 150-plus yards in the same game in school history...Of his 165 receiving yards, 107 came in the first half, including a 44-yard catch to set up first-and-goal from the UCF 3-yard line. Akron (9/6): Led the team with seven catches (69 yards) in the win.

at Rutgers (9/13): Hauled in a team-high eight passes for 103 yards...Caught a 47-yard pass in the third quarter that led to a field goal...Combined with Geno Lewis to give Penn State multiple games with two receivers over 100 yards for the first time since 1994 (Bobby Engram and Freddie Scott; three times). UMass (9/20): Ranked second on the team with four catches for 65 yards, including a 35-yard reception that set up a Penn State touchdown in the second quarter. Northwestern (9/27): Led the team with 100 yards receiving and six catches, including a 51-yard reception in the second quarter

. at Michigan (10/11): Caught his first career touchdown pass on a 10-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, highlighting a seven-catch, 58-yard effort...With his second of seven receptions at Michigan, moved past Deon Butler’s school freshman record for catches in a season. Ohio State (10/25): Broke the Penn State game receptions record and in the process his own freshmen receptions record with 14 catches for 126 yards to earn his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award...Made three catches on the Nittany Lions’ 77-yard game-tying drive late in regulation to force overtime.

Maryland (11/1): Rewrote the program record for yards in a season by a freshman in a five-catch, 42-yard performance, finishing the game with 728 yards, passing Deon Butler’s mark of 691 in 2005. at Indiana (11/8): Caught two passes (33 yards) in the win. Temple (11/15): Tallied a team-high four grabs (26 yards). Michigan State (11/29): Hauled in six passes for 55 yards. Vs. Boston College (12/27): One of three receivers with seven catches, which tied him for second in the Penn State bowl game record books...Accounted for 51 yards and made his second touchdown catch of the season, a 16-yard grab in traffic midway through the fourth quarter, to tie the game at 21-21.


 2013 Season

  True Freshman Season
Redshirt season due to a wrist injury.


 High School

  One of the top playmakers in Virginia, a four-year letterman at wide receiver for head coach Lou Sorrentino at Mountain View High School...As a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and earned first-team all-district, all-area and all-region honors...Made 64 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior to earn Commonwealth District Offensive Player of the Year...A two-time team captain...Garnered honorable-mention all-state, as well as first-team all-district, all-area and all-region as a junior...Invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Game...Ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Ranked among the top 20 recruits in the state of Virginia and was a Top 60 wide receiver, according to all four recruiting services...Graduated with honors and earned an advanced diploma from Mountain View, while attaining Academic All-Conference during his career...Lettered three times in basketball.

 Personal

  Full name is DaeSean Kameron Hamilton...Son of Johnie and Madgeline Hamilton...Has two brothers, Ahmad and Darius, and two sisters, Danielle and Jasmine...Both parents were members of the United States Marine Corps...Enjoys strength conditioning, video games and reading...Graduated in December with his degree in advertising and public relations...Is working on his second degree in telecommunications...Born March 10, 1995 in Okinawa, Japan.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - Top 15 Senior Bowl Performers: 14. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State...While the drops are why he isn't higher on this list, Hamilton deserved a spot as he routinely created separation due to his savvy route running. At 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds with 4.55 40-yard-dash speed, he doesn't have dominant physical traits, but his body control in-and-out of his breaks and crafty footwork to set up defensive backs was a common theme in each practice. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/18 - Senior Bowl Wednesday: Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton isn't going to wow anyone with his size or speed, but he consistently gets open and catches the ball -- and those happen to be the two most important qualities when scouting the wide receiver position. Cornerbacks had a tough time staying attached to him, especially from the slot in team drills. Throws in his direction weren't always on point, but he had no trouble scooping the ball off his shoelaces or finishing on the ground. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/18 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Wide receiver: DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State (Fiesta): Hamilton scored two touchdowns and caught five passes for 110 yards in No. 9 Penn State's 35-28 victory over No. 12 Washington. - AP College Football
12/17/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State,...Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and third-team all-conference by the media...Earns third all-conference honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (media in 2014) and honorable mention squad (media in 2015; coaches in 2014)...Is the first Nittany Lion wide receiver to earn first or second team All-Big Ten honors since Chris Godwin (second team) in 2015...Ranks No. 10 among active FBS pass catchers with 209 career receptions, which leads active B1G receivers...Sits No. 10 in receiving yards (2,732) among active FBS pass catchers, which is tops among Big Ten pass catchers...Is No. 25 in receiving yards per game (52.5) among active FBS receivers. - Penn State Football
10/23/17 - Writing for Inside the League's Twitter account, @ITLScoutsNotes, former Rams scout Danton Barto noted that Penn St. WO DaeSean Hamilton is "athletic, has god speed, has good hands and makes big plays." - InsidetheLeague.com

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