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2016 NFL DRAFT

Darius Hamilton, DE

School: Rutgers  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Paterson, NJ
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Overview

One of the highest recruited players to ever sign with Rutgers, Hamilton was a five-star player out of Don Bosco Prep and surprised many when he decided to stay in-state to play for the Scarlet Knights.

He hasn't quite lived up to the hype over the last three seasons, but he did record a team-best 11.5 tackles for loss last season, adding 45 tackles, 6.0 sacks and one forced fumble.

Hamilton, who is the son of 12-year NFL veteran Keith Hamilton, started all 13 games as an interior lineman in 2014.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Hamilton shows a quick initial punch with fierce hands off the snap to attack and dispose of blocks. Uses his lower-body quickness and body control to shift his weight in small spaces, spinning and working around bodies.

WEAKNESSES: Hamilton has some tweener traits with the size of a defensive end, but the mind-set and movement skills of a defensive tackle. He lacks ideal strength for an interior player. Needs to better collect himself in the backfield to make stops.

IN OUR VIEW: Although he's not quite the future first rounder he was tabbed as a recruit, Hamilton has next-level potential, likely as a sub-package player who will add depth on the defensive line.

--Dane Brugler (7/21/15)

Player Lowdown

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Workout Results
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09/26/2015 - Rutgers defensive tackle Darius Hamilton is out for the rest of the season with a lower body injury. The Scarlet Knights made the announcement before Saturday's game against Kansas. Hamilton missed spring practice, and was seen wearing a brace on his right knee during the team's open practice in August. After being listed as "out" on the team's initial injury report last week, Hamilton was in for about 15 plays against Penn State. Hamilton said he "was out there before I should have been out there, but that was on me. Hamilton is the son of former New York Giants player Keith Hamilton. - AP Sports
 

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