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Derrick Hamilton - WR Position: WR
Class: Underclassman
School: Clemson
Conference: ACC
Ht., Wt.: 6'3, 196
40 Time: 4.51
Grade: 3.58

Selected by San Francisco 49ers
Round 3, pick 14 (77 overall)
BIO: Second team all-conference selection in 03 as both a wide receiver and return specialist. Finished with receiving numbers of 62/1,026/10 while averaging 7.5 yards on 29 punt returns and 34.5 yards on 11 kick returns with an additional score. Junior receiving totals were 52/602/2 with a 10.8 average on 35 punt returns. Led the ACC in all purpose yards in 2002. Production numbers his first season included 53/684/4 as a receiver, and an average of 31.7 yards on 15 kick returns. Awarded all-academic honors in the past.

POSITIVES: Elusive and explosive skill player that impacts the game handling the ball. Quickly releases off the line of scrimmage, runs sharp routes and consistently gets separation from defenders. Finds the open spot in the field, gets vertical then extends to grab the errant throw. Can double cut and displays top footwork. Tracks the deep ball, looks the pass in and effective running after the reception. Follows blocks down the field and slides through the smallest openings in the defense.

NEGATIVES: Plays a timid brand of football; gathers into receptions if hes going to get hit and does not win out in battles. Does not always catch the pass cleanly and lets the ball get inside him. More quick than fast and not a true burner.

ANALYSIS: While he must get stronger and toughen up, Hamilton has the skills which translate well to the next level. Would be a perfect fit in a West Coast offensive system or even a solid number two wide out that plays along side a big-bodied receiver. Abilities as a return specialist will slide into the draft's first day.

PROJECTION: Late Third Round

Photo: Craig Jones/Getty Images

2003 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
62 1026 16.5 10

2003 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
111 17 6.5 0

2003 Passing Statistics
Pass Att Pass Com Pass Com Pct Pass Yds Pass Int Pass TD
1 1 100 29 0 0

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