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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Adrian Hamilton


Adrian Hamilton is a dynamic pass rusher who plays with a constant motor. He has several highly effective moves to beat the tackle. Even when double-teamed has the agility and strength to get into the backfield. Has a great dip move that allows him to turn the corner sharply and quickly.

Hamilton closes very well, hustling to get to the QB on every play. He plays through the whistle and isn’t afraid of making big hits.  He explodes off the line with a quick burst and is very athletic with good balance and footwork. He is consistent, solid tackler who delivers clean, hard hits. He works well in space, using his speed and athleticism to change direction easily.


Hamilton needs to improve his hand placement, using them to effectively disengage quicker. Is slightly undersized for an NFL DE, but could play as an OLB in a 3-4 at the next level. He hasn’t needed to show fluidity in his drops and awareness in zone coverage very often, but will need to show an ability to do so in the NFL.


  • DE/OLB, Prarie View A&M, SR
  • Ht: 6’3”
  • Wt: 255
  • 40: 4.7


Adrian Hamilton is a small school guy with big school talent. He is a rare blend of power, technique, and speed. Hamilton had 81 total tackles (59 solo) and led the nation in sacks with 20.5, was second with 26.5 TFL, and tied for fourth with six forced fumbles.  Hamilton was named a first team FCS All-American, won the 2011 Boxtorow Defensive Player of the Year, and 2011 SWAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

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Dory LeBlanc, co-hosts NFL Draft Cheat Sheet on RotoRadio and freelances for Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You may email Dory at or follow her on twitter @DoryLeBlanc


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