Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #2 SS, #38/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 2
2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 53 Sol-80 TT, 4 TFL, 4 INT, 5 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Suffered knee sprain in bowl game. Voted permanent defensive captain by his 2007 teammates… second-Team All-ACC by AP/ACSMA, Rivals.com, and CollegeFootballNews.com…had four interceptions and six pass breakups…tied for 24th in the ACC in tackles per game, including fifth among defensive backs…tied for seventh in the ACC in interceptions…had four interceptions in 2007…second on the team in tackles (97)…won the coaches defensive player-of-the-game award for the Georgia Tech and Central Michigan games…showed his speed at N.C. State when he intercepted a two-point conversion pass attempt and returned it over 100 yards for two points, the first defensive score off an opponent's extra point in Tiger history…2006: 9 GP; 9 GS; 47 Sol-64 TT, 5 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Postseason honors candidate at CAT saety this year…missed first half of spring practice with a broken foot, his second broken foot in a year…also suffered broken foot at Boston College…2005: 12 GP; 7 GS; 30 Sol-55 TT, 1 TFL, 2 INT, 3 PBU; Had two tackles and a team-best two pass breakups against Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl...had two interceptions for 42 yards on the season...had his career high in tackles in his first career start when he had eight at N.C. State in 53 plays. 2004: Red-shirted...Brother Markee is a 2010 NFL Draft prospect at South Carolina State.
Post-Draft Outlook: BEST PICK: Free safety Mike Hamlin was rated as a third-round prospect by some and was a consensus fourth-round talent. The Cowboys got him in the fifth round and believe he'll have an immediate impact in the safety rotation...A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 5/166 -- Michael Hamlin, FS, 6-2, 214, Clemson...He gives the Cowboys a boost in the secondary. Hamlin was projected to be off the board a round or two earlier. It's unlikely Hamlin will come in and contend for starting spot at safety with veterans Ken Hamlin and Gerald Sensabaugh in the fold. However, the Cowboys need numbers at safety and Hamlin should also be strong on special teams coverage. - by The Sports Xchange