Victor Hampton, CB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Darlington, SC
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.78-20 33 1/2-4.207.01
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.631.6220 33 1/29'10"4.207.01

Player Overview

Hampton began his high school career at Independence High in Charlotte, and eligibility issues following his transfer to Darlington High School limited him to six games. That didn't stop him from racking up 50 tackles and three interceptions while also scoring six offensive touchdowns and being named all-state by The Associated Press.

A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Hampton originally committed to Florida and also considered Tennessee and North Carolina before ultimately landing at South Carolina.

After redshirting in 2010, Hampton played in 10 games as a cornerback and kick returner the following year. He finished with 14 tackles, one interception and three pass breakups while also averaging 25.4 yards on seven kickoff returns.

As a sophomore, Hampton started 12 of the 13 games he played in, with the only non-start coming due to the Gamecocks opening their first defensive series in a goal-line situation. Hampton finished the season with 40 tackles, including 23 solo. He tied for the team lead with six pass breakups and had an interception.

Hampton intercepted three passes during the regular season in 2013, adding 45 tackles, including 4.0 for loss. He picked up SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Mississippi State when he logged eight tackles, including six solo stops, forced and recovered a fumble and was credited with three pass breakups.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possessing a broad-shouldered, tapered frame that looks more like a safety than a cornerback, Hampton certainly passes the eye test. Better yet, his raw athleticism holds plenty of promise.

Boasts the quick feet, fluid hips and sudden acceleration to handle press coverage duties, alternately punching the receiver to jam him at the line of scrimmage or waiting to run with him downfield.

Good instincts for the position. Peeks back at the quarterback and reads the body language of receivers to diagnose the play and breaks on the ball with confidence, showing the quick, active hands to knock passes to the ground. Physical tackler, who flashes as a true striker capable of forcing fumbles with his big collisions.

Experienced punt and kick returner. Good vision, elusiveness and acceleration with the ball in his hands.

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. Relies on his physicality and athleticism in coverage, rather than technique. Stands tall, rather than crouched low often when in press position, leaving himself vulnerable to quick underneath routes.

A little grabby as he rides receivers downfield and will occasionally lose track of the ball while battling for position. Entered 2013 as South Carolina's primary punt returner but averaged just three yards on nine opportunities over the regular season.

COMPARES TO: Brandon Carr: Athletic and gritty, each cornerback boasts obvious upside. Consistency, however, is tougher to predict without better technique.

--Rob Rang (12/29/13)

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