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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Marcus Hamilton

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 186 | College: Virginia
 
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Overview

Hamilton made a name for himself as a playmaker in the Cavaliers' secondary the last three seasons. His 15 interceptions rank third among active NCAA players ands also placed him third on the school's career record list. He joined Steve Sroba (1971-73), Keith McMeans (1987-88, 90) and Keith Lyle (1991-93) to lead the team in interceptions three times in a career.

Hamilton lettered three times in football at Centreville High School, where he was a Super Prep and Prep Star All-American, and rated the No. 24 defensive back in the nation by Super Prep. He was listed as the ninth-best player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and the 10th-best player by Super Prep, adding a five-star rating from Max Emfinger.

Hamilton broke up 39 passes during his career, including 18 during his senior season. He allowed only eight completions and no touchdowns that year. The team captain made 16 tackles and had one interception and also returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown as a senior, adding first-team Group AAA All-State, All-District and All-Region honors. As a junior, he had 43 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups to help his team to a state championship.

Hamilton played in the 2002 Florida State game, but suffered a leg contusion on a kickoff return and was redshirted. He played in 12 games as a reserve cornerback in 2003, making 29 tackles (21 solos) with three pass deflections. He started nine contests at boundary corner in 2004, as he collected 54 tackles (36 solos), batted away five passes and led the team with four interceptions.

He again led the team with six interceptions while deflecting seven other passes in 2005, earning second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He also delivered 63 tackles (46 solos) with five stops for losses while starting all 12 games. Hamilton was a repeat second-team All-ACC pick in 2006. He recorded 39 tackles (27 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses and a fumble recovery. He led the Cavaliers with five pass thefts and broke up four other throws.

In 50 games at Virginia, Hamilton started 32 times. He registered 185 tackles (130 solos) with 10.5 stops for minus-26 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He batted away 19 passes and intercepted 15 others for 127 yards in returns (8.5 avg).

Analysis

Positives: Has a lean, yet cut frame with tapered thighs, knotted calves and a tight abdomen … Has natural hands, good leaping ability and above average timing competing for the ball in flight … Very competitive, showing good mental alertness, doing a good job of framing the quarterback and receiver at the same time … Hard worker with a great ethic and practice habits … Shows the ability to easily diagnose and react to the plays … Uses his hands effectively to jam the receivers at the line of scrimmage … Has the open-field quickness to mirror the receivers' moves … Shows the recovery speed needed handling the switch-offs in the zone and that explosive drive coming out of his backpedal to run down receivers anywhere on the field … Gives a solid effort in run force, staying low in his stance to extend, wrap and secure the ball carrier … Has good hip flexibility turning out of his backpedal, which gives him better quickness in his turn-and-go … Shows timing and leaping ability going up for the pass … Displays soft hands to pluck and snatch the ball … Has a fearless attitude and a willingness to play with pain.

Negatives: Needs to add more bulk to his frame and more power in the weight room … Will lunge at the ball at times in run force, as he tries to compensate for the strength needed to handle the more physical blockers … Smart and instinctive, but there are times where he will bite on fakes, but he utilizes his quickness to recover … Best in the short area, as he lacks the second gear to get back on the route when beaten deep … Uses a shuffle-and-bail technique in his backpedal, but will take false steps at times … Loses relationship with the receiver when training up the seam (adequate acceleration).

Compares To: DAVEN HOLLY-Cleveland … Hamilton might fall off some deep routes and needs to refine his backpedal technique, but there is no questioning his hands and ability to make plays on the ball. He is better when plays are in front of him than when trailing, but in nickel and dime packages, his ability to elevate and come down with the ball will make him an efficient reserve.

Career Notes

Hamilton was named to the second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference squad for the second year in a row in 2006, becoming the first Cavalier cornerback named to the first or second team in consecutive seasons since Ronde Barber was a first-team selection from 1994-96 … His 15 interceptions rank third among NCAA active players and also finished third on the school's all-time record list, tied with Ronde Barber … Only player to lead the team in interceptions outright in three consecutive seasons (2004-06).

2006 Season

All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team and All-Virginia first-team selection … Started eleven games at strong-side cornerback, ranking 22nd in the nation and third in the league, as he led the team for the third consecutive year with five interceptions for 101 yards in returns … Deflected four passes and recovered a fumble … Added 39 tackles (27 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 11 yards and one quarterback pressure … Sat out the Western Michigan clash after suffering a shoulder sprain in practice the week before the game.

2006 Game Analysis

Played a big role in the overtime win over Wyoming in UVa's first win of the season. He finished with only two tackles, but had a big role in two takeaways. He got his first interception of the season late in the first quarter deep in his own territory to stop one Cowboy scoring chance. Then with Wyoming poised to score a touchdown that would give the Cowboys a 10-point lead, he pounced on a Wynel Seldon fumble in the end zone for a touchback … Had another big ball disruption game vs. Duke. He picked off two passes, the third multi-interception game of his career. He also hit QB Thaddeus Lewis as he was passing and forced him to throw the pass straight up in the air where it was snatched by DE Jeffrey Fitzgerald for an interception deep in Duke territory. For his exceptional play, Hamilton was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the first time in his career … He picked off a Maryland pass and returned it 58 yards to set up a field goal. In last week's win over Miami he ended the Hurricanes' final possession with his fifth interception of the year with 1:33 left.

2005 Season

All-ACC second-team selection, adding first-team All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association and by the Roanoke Times … Received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation …

Was the only secondary player to start every game, lining up at strong-side cornerback, making a career-high 63 tackles (46 solos) with five stops for losses of 12 yards … Had seven pass deflections and led the team with a career-high six interceptions for 28 yards in returns while participating on 785 plays.

2005 Game Analysis

Made a season-high nine tackles in the first game vs. Western Michigan and had seven the next week vs. Syracuse … picked off two passes in the win over Duke, the second multi-interception game of his career … had an interception and a pass break up in the Boston College game … played a big role in the win over Florida State … shared the team's tackling honors with Kai Parham with a season-high nine stops … also picked off a pass in the first quarter to set up UVa's first touchdown … had another outstanding effort in the win over Georgia Tech … in addition to sharing the team lead with seven tackles, he intercepted a pass and broke up two others … he also turned All-American receiver Calvin Johnson into a non-factor … Johnson caught just four passes for 41 yards, including only a nine-yard catch in the second half … sealed UVa's Music City Bowl win over Minnesota with an interception in the end zone to end the Golden Gophers' final possession … also broke up four passes in the game to set a Virginia bowl record … made three tackles, including one for a loss.

2004 Season

CoSIDA Academic All-District III and All-ACC Academic team choice … Co-recipient of the Rock Weir Award as the most improved player during spring practice … Received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation … Earned National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation following UVa's game with Georgia Tech … Started nine of twelve games, participating in 640 plays … Recorded 54 tackles (36 solos) with two stops for losses of 3 yards … Caused a fumble and deflected five passes … Intercepted four other passes for lost yardage (-2).

2004 Game Analysis

Had three tackles in his first start vs. Temple in the opener … four solo stops vs. North Carolina … intercepted one pass and broke up another vs. Akron … made a career-high 11 tackles vs. Syracuse … eight tackles vs. Florida State … three tackles, an interception and a PBU in a win over Duke … intercepted two passes, both in the end zone, in a big road win at Georgia Tech … also broke up a pass and made five tackles to earn national defensive player of the week accolades … the first UVa cornerback to intercept two passes in a game in six years … made three tackles and broke up two passes in the final regular-season game vs. Virginia Tech … was in on 10 tackles vs. Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl.

2003 Season

Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Rivals.com … ACC All-Academic choice and received the Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation … Played in thirteen games as a reserve cornerback, posting 29 tackles (21 solos) with three pass deflections.

2003 Game Analysis

Led the kickoff coverage unit with 10 tackles … made a season-high five stops in the first game vs. Duke … four tackles and two pass break-ups in extended action vs. Western Michigan … four stops vs. North Carolina and three in a Homecoming win over Troy … broke up a pass vs. North Carolina State.

2002 Season

Saw his only action of the season vs. Florida State … Played cornerback and on the kickoff and punt return squads vs. the Seminoles … Did not have a tackle but returned two punts for an 11.0-yard average … Was injured late in the game on kickoff coverage and did not play the rest of the season … Redshirted to retain the year of eligibility.

Injury Report

2002: Suffered a leg contusion in the season opener vs. Florida State and missed the rest of the season.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 295-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 11 times … 490-pound squat … 292-pound power clean … 36-inch vertical jump … 10'4" broad jump … 4.26 20-yard shuttle … 6.86 three-cone drill … 31 5/8-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears glasses … Wears contacts … 23/30 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Centreville (Va.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Skinner … Lettered three times in football … Super Prep and Prep Star All-American, and rated the No. 24 defensive back in the nation by Super Prep … Listed as the ninth-best player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times and the 10th-best player by Super Prep, adding a five-star rating from Max Emfinger … Broke up 39 passes during his career, including 18 during his senior season … Allowed only eight completions and no touchdowns that year … The team captain made 16 tackles and had one interception and also returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown as a senior, adding first-team Group AAA All-State, All-District and All-Region honors … As a junior, he had 43 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups to help his team to a state championship … Added 41 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass break-ups his sophomore season … Honor Roll student.

Personal

Graduated in December 2005, a semester early, with a degree in Sociology and is enrolled in graduate school this season … Son of Christina and Gregory Hamilton, Sr … Father played football at Boston University in the mid 1970s … Born Marcus Christopher David Hamilton on 2/17/84 in Fairfax, Virginia.

 
 

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