Michael Hamlin Scouting Report

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Michael Hamlin Scouting Report

Position: SS
Conference: ACC
School: Clemson Tigers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #25
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 205 lbs.
Drafted 5.30 in 2009 by DAL

2009 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.61

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Michael Hamlin, SS, Clemson

On a team with a ton of offensive weapons who could be first day selections in this draft, Clemson's safety Michael Hamlin often gets overlooked. As a freshman he worked his way into the starting lineup and intercepted a couple of passes. As a sophomore Hamlin emerged a team leader, despite missing three games with a broken foot. But it was in 2007 (as a junior) when Hamlin really came onto the scene. Named a team captain that year, he tallied four interceptions and ranked fifth in the conference in tackles among defensive backs. The four-year starter has tallied 216 tackles and eight interceptions heading into his senior season. That is some pretty good production. At 6-3 and 205 pounds, Hamlin has good size for a safety. He is also fast and will cover a lot of ground in a hurry. However, he has a reputation for lacking quickness. He can run with just about anybody once he is going, but he will get off to a slow start. Hamlin's collegiate production will continue to be impressive throughout 2008. But he will have to show his stuff at the combine and prove that he can cut quickly. Even if he cannot prove the critics wrong about his change of direction speed, Hamlin is still a quality safety prospect who should be an early second day selection. 10/16 Update: Clemson's horrible start to the season is effecting just about everybody's draft stock. The Tigers are off to a 3-3 start and Coach Tommy Bowden got fired for the team's lack of quality play. Hamlin has tallied 44 tackles through six games, but the Clemson defense has to do a lot more tackling than most people expected. Hamlin has also picked off three passes and is pretty much the lone bright spot on the defense. 12/25 Update: The offense usually gets the blame for Clemson's surprisingly bad season, but the defense deserves some as well. They also deserve some of the kudos for turning around the team at the end of the year. Nobody deserves more accolades than Hamlin. The safety was the one consistent player that the defense had. He led the team with six interceptions and ranked second on the squad with 102 total tackles.

Last Updated Dec-25-2008 by Joel Welser

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