01/04/2012 - The official invitation list won't be released until later this month, but Missouri defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton will be headed to the NFL combine in Indianapolis, along with MU defensive end Jacquies Smith and tight end Michael Egnew, Hamilton confirmed today. The combine runs Feb. 22-28. Hamilton plans to train at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta and has signed with Synergy Sports International and will be represented by agent Josh Arnold. - Dave Matter, The Columbia Daily Tribune
Dominique ?Dom? Hamilton was a top-50 defensive line recruit, choosing Missouri over Arizona State, Texas A&M and Nebraska. After redshirting in 2007, he saw action in 2008 as a reserve defensive tackle and played in 13 games, recording 17 tackles, 0.5 tackle for loss and 1 pass broken-up. Hamilton earned a starting spot at defensive tackle in 2009 as a sophomore with 12 starts, finishing with 46 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and 1 pass broken-up.
He started the first seven games of 2010 as a junior before a broken ankle ended his season, recording 20 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Hamilton set several career-bests in 2011 as a senior (13 starts), finishing with 56 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 3 pass break-ups, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Hamilton is a better run defender than pass rusher, showing good initial quickness and eye level to locate the ball and sift through a crowd. He needs to show better flexibility and leverage to stay low off the snap instead of popping upright into contact. Hamilton isn?t naturally explosive with some body stiffness, but has very good football instincts and strength with the frame and skill-set to fit in a variety of formations ? a mid-round pick who might fit best as a rotational five-technique end in a three-man front.
Strengths: Possesses a tall, well-built frame with NFL measureables (33?? arm length and 10?? hands). Has quick get-off for his size with smooth footwork and natural movement skills. Very active and puts himself in position to make plays with good football instincts and natural awareness. Has strong, active hands with very good core strength ? hard worker in the weight room. Stout at the point of attack and holds his own against the run. Does a nice job elevating in passing lanes to knock down throws at the line of scrimmage. Has good starting experience with 32 career starts.
Weaknesses: Not naturally explosive with stiff ankles and hips, struggling to redirect his momentum. Allows his frame to get upright off the snap and struggles to play with consistent leverage. Plays too high and easily gets tangled with blockers. Limited as a pass rusher and doesn?t show a wide array of pass rush or secondary moves. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space and completing tackles. Needs to show more consistent bend and body flexibility. Appears to fatigue easily and might be best used in a rotation. Missed half of last season with a broken ankle so there are some minor durability concerns. Had very average production over his career, finishing sixth on the team in tackles for loss this past season.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Sims, free agent
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