Cobi Hamilton: How Will Cincinnati's Newest WR Fare in the Pros?

Ryan Riddle@@Ryan_RiddleCorrespondent IApril 27, 2013

Sep 22, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (11) runs after a catch against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Rutgers defeated Arkansas 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
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This Senior Bowl participant out of the University of Arkansas led the SEC in receptions and receiving yards in his senior year with 90 catches for 1,335 yards to go with five touchdowns.  

While in Mobile, Hamilton impressed with his quickness and smooth transitions in and out of routes. His movements look effortless and come with the type of deceptive-suddenness that creates separation despite lacking elite speed. This is how he was able to be as productive as he was in 2012.


Pro Outlook

In Cobi Hamilton you get a big-bodied guy who runs fantastic routes and really shows a great understanding for the game. He is also one of those guys who can do impressive things with the ball in his hand and has a knack for breaking tackles.

His lack of vertical speed should limit him to being a solid possession receiver at the next level. His 6’2”, 212-pound frame should give him the size and strength to fight his way through press coverage while providing the quarterback with a rangy target to pluck the ball out of the air in traffic.

Hamilton may never have a starting role in the NFL, but making the 53-man roster should be a given on any other roster aside from Cincinnati as he provides good depth and has the tools to be a consistent contributor. 


Roster Outlook

The Bengals' receiving corps is officially loaded with young, talented players. Cobi Hamilton will add yet another dimension to the offense if he can find a way to make the roster. I think he definitely has the talent to make the 53-man roster and should be a nice addition to the ever-growing depth at the WR position in Cincinnati. 

Hamilton's first few years in the league should be about learning the game and refining his tools, though he already is a very polished player. He shouldn’t be asked to do too much early on considering the depth at the position. However, if a string of unfortunate injuries were to happen, which often is the case in the NFL, Hamilton can step up in an emergency and be an effective player.


Pick Analysis

The fact that Cincinnati landed Hamilton at the bottom of Round 6 makes this a tremendous value pick for the Bengals. Few players on the board at this time have his level of size, polish or production. 

I really like this pick here although I do wonder why yet another team decided to pass on Da’Rick Rogers. If the Bengals can bring in a guy like Vontaze Burfict and watch his success last year, then go ahead and avoid Rogers this late in the draft, I have to assume there is good reasoning for the decision. But in term of upside, explosive-athleticism and playmaking ability, there was nobody better available at pick 197.

Grade: B+