2017 NFL DRAFT

Victor Hampton, CB

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Darlington, SC
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 197 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
318377-FA
Player News
04/16/2014 - South Carolina CB Victor Hampton reportedly arrested...With ugly incidents off the field plaguing some of the NFL's most popular franchises in recent years, teams are dedicating more and more attention to character red-flags. On Monday, it was former Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. who was making news for all the wrong reasons. Now, South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton could be the latest to find out this fact. According to a report from Amanda C. Coyne of GoGamecocks.com, Hampton was arrested for disorderly conduct following a dispute with his sister April 6.

The report, which cites a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, says that the potential NFL draft pick and his sister, Victoria, were "threatening each other, calling each other obscene names (and) using fighting words and stances." Hampton, a physical and athletic player who elected to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft early, was given a 3rd-4th round grade by NFLDraftScout.com. This news, as well as an average performance during the Combine and at his Pro Day, however, could push his stock deep into the third day of the draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/16/2014 - South Carolina CB Victor Hampton arrested April 6...As was first reported from Amanda C. Coyne of GoGamecocks.com, Hampton was arrested for disorderly conduct following a dispute with his sister April 6. Hampton, through his attorney, Lowell Bernstein, has since acknowledged the incident. According to a written statement in possession of NFLDraftScout.com, Hampton and his sister were involved in a "minor disagreement" inside of their shared duplex home and were each arrested. According to the statement, the siblings are "extremely close" and "embarrassed" by the situation and "how it reflects on our family." Hampton, a physical and athletic player who elected to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft early, was initially given a 3rd-4th round grade by NFLDraftScout.com.

This news, as well as an average performance during the Combine and at his Pro Day, however, could push his stock deep into the third day of the draft. Some teams, in fact, have taken Hampton off their board, entirely. Hampton was a highly sought prep who originally signed with Florida out of high school. After redshirting in 2010, Hampton emerged as a valuable part of the rotation in 2011 and started the past two seasons for the Gamecocks, collecting 85 tackles and four interceptions during that time. While his talent is undeniable, Hampton's over-aggression on and off the field is disconcerting. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/16/2014 - South Carolina CB Victor Hampton reportedly arrested...Hampton was a highly sought prep who originally signed with Florida out of high school. After redshirting in 2010, Hampton emerged as a valuable part of the rotation in 2011 and started the past two seasons for the Gamecocks, collecting 85 tackles and four interceptions during that time. While his talent is undeniable, Hampton's over-aggression on and off the field is disconcerting.

According to Coyne's report, Hampton was briefly suspended from the team in 2011. The article also notes that Hampton and former teammate Kelcy Quarles (also a potential mid-round draft pick) are currently under investigation by the New York Police Department for an alleged assault at a nightclub. It is important to note that neither Hampton nor Quarles have been charged in the New York City incident. Details of the assault on Michael Hauer, a promoter for the Greenhouse club, however, are disturbing and could be enough to force teams to begin their own investigations. Given that the draft is now just over three weeks away, some teams may opt not to... and simply remove the players from their board. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/04/2014 - Four Gamecock Juniors to Enter NFL Draft...Hampton, a 5-10, 202-pounder from Darlington, S.C., earned a spot on the Associated Press's All-SEC second team in his final season in the Garnet & Black. The hard-hitting lockdown corner picked off three passes in 2013 while breaking up an additional nine passes. He logged 51 tackles, including 43 solo stops. Hampton collected five career interceptions and 18 pass breakups in his three-year stint. - South Carolina football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: CB - Victor Hampton (Tie), South Carolina, 5-10, 202, Jr,...Hampton tallied three interceptions in the South Carolina secondary and broke up nine passes. He also came up with 45 tackles on the year including 4.0 for a 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. - South Carolina football

12/01/2013 - SEC's Loucheiz Purifoy and Victor Hampton beef up draft CB class...Florida junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy and South Carolina junior cornerback Victor Hampton both confirmed on Saturday that they intend to give up their remaining eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Purifoy confirmed his decision to ESPN after the Gators 37-7 loss to Florida State while Hampton told his news to multiple media outlets following the Gamecocks 31-17 win over Clemson. Hampton is currently rated as the No. 10 draft eligible cornerback and No. 88 overall prospect, according to NFLDraftScout.com's rankings. Through 12 games this season, he is tied for the team-lead in interceptions (3) and leads the Gamecocks with 12 passes defended.

Listed at 5-10 and 202 pounds, Hampton is a strong competitor and has the foot quickness and range to cover a lot of ground. He is solidly built for the position and welcomes contact, driving through his target with speed and aggressiveness. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/01/2013 - SEC's Loucheiz Purifoy and Victor Hampton beef up draft CB class...Hampton has a good blend of awareness, ballskills and read/react ability to be left alone on an island against both the pass and the run. He lacks ideal height and his overaggressive nature will lead to mistakes, but his confidence and fast-paced playing style fit what NFL teams want at the position. Hampton, who walked with the seniors on Saturday vs. Clemson, was suspended for the first half of the Gamecocks game vs. Georgia earlier this season for a violation of team rules. Junior defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are expected to join Hampton and declare early for the 2014 NFL Draft, but have yet to make their intentions final. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Victor Hampton, DB, South Carolina..Hampton was outstanding all afternoon, helping the defense hold the Bulldogs to 16 points in a 34-16 win...Hampton was credited with eight tackles including six solo stops...He Had three pass break ups, and forced and recovered a fumble...The Gamecock defense forced five turnovers on the afternoon. - SEC football

09/12/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina pass defense: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was forced to run for his life in a 35-7 loss to USC in 2012. This time Murray was ready for the Gamecock pass defense as the Bulldogs appeared to have an answer for everything thrown at them. Murray torched a USC secondary which was forced to play the first half without veteran cornerback Victor Hampton, who was suspended for that period due to a violation of team rules. Murray completed 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns against the Gamecocks. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina special teams: There were some big shoes to fill, at least in the punt return game, as Ace Sanders, who is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was probably the most electrifying returner in the country. In an attempt to replace him, junior cornerback Victory Hampton took some chances, but averaged only 7.3 yards on three attempts. Punter Tyler Hull averaged 33.2 yards on five punts. Placekicker Elliott Fry made two field goals and three extra point attempts in his first collegiate game. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Scouting the South Carolina special teams: USC lost one of college's best punt returners in Ace Sanders, who is now competing in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Junior cornerback Victor Hampton will take over that role. While talented, Hampton sometimes has problems catching punts. Bruce Ellington will again handle the kick returning duties, although due to a hamstring problem, Hampton will fill that job against North Carolina. Tyler Hull returns as the punter following an average 2012 campaign, while freshman walk-on Elliott Fry is expected to take over both the kickoff and kicking duties. USC was second in the SEC and ninth over in punt returns in 2012. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - OTHER SOUTH CAROLINA PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: CB Victor Hampton (5-10, 197, 4.52)*...Tenacious and athletic, Hampton might be the most talented of South Carolina's defensive backs, though his lack of ideal height could limit his stock with scouts. The redshirt junior recorded 40 tackles a season ago, as well as six pass breakups and an interception. His light feet, balance and burst make him an intriguing replacement for Ace Sanders as the Gamecocks' primary punt returner. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
Player News
04/16/2014 - South Carolina CB Victor Hampton reportedly arrested...With ugly incidents off the field plaguing some of the NFL's most popular franchises in recent years, teams are dedicating more and more attention to character red-flags. On Monday, it was former Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. who was making news for all the wrong reasons. Now, South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton could be the latest to find out this fact. According to a report from Amanda C. Coyne of GoGamecocks.com, Hampton was arrested for disorderly conduct following a dispute with his sister April 6.

The report, which cites a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, says that the potential NFL draft pick and his sister, Victoria, were "threatening each other, calling each other obscene names (and) using fighting words and stances." Hampton, a physical and athletic player who elected to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the draft early, was given a 3rd-4th round grade by NFLDraftScout.com. This news, as well as an average performance during the Combine and at his Pro Day, however, could push his stock deep into the third day of the draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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