Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Shaun Dion Hamilton
High School: Carver (Alabama)
Games Played: 24
Games Started: 17
Team Captain: No
Production: 94 tackles, 2 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one forced fumble
High School: Consensus 4-star prospect. Selected to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. First team Alabama Sports Writers Association 6A All-State as a senior. Member of the AL.com 2013 Super All-State Team. Chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, USC, Tennessee, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi, Mississippi State and others.
College: Early enrollee, joining the Crimson Tide in January 2014.
Strengths: Adequate short area burst and range to make plays outside the tackles. Takes good angles to the football and is a strong finisher that consistently wraps up. Good lateral movement skills and is able to mirror running backs as they press the line of scrimmage. Fluid movement skills in space that enable him to be trusted in man coverage against running backs and tight ends in space and hold his own. Strong click and close skills. High urgency player that attacks with intent.
Weaknesses: Torn ACL in the SEC Championship game in December 2016. Has some issues dealing with head up blocks. Could stand to speed up processing skills.
Summary: Alabama linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton emerged as a junior where he showcases an NFL skill set playing alongside first-round pick Reuben Foster. Now tasked with replacing Foster, Hamilton is coming off an unfortunate ACL tear from the SEC Championship game in December of 2016. While all indications are that he is a full go this fall, finding his burst and picking up where he left off will be crucial.
Hamilton has many of the characteristics we’ve come to enjoy from Alabama linebackers in terms of physicality, movement skills, good tackling ability and a hot motor. A consistent finisher, Hamilton positions himself well to make plays by taking good angles.
Before he went down with injury, Hamilton held his own in both zone and man coverage making him a legitimate three down defender. There were also flashes of strong blitzing skills with good timing and closing burst.
Proving he’s healthy and picking up where he left off in 2016 will define Hamilton’s draft stick. If he does just that, this is a solid day two prospect.
Predicted Value Range: Day Two