Every day here at Your Best 11, we are counting down to the start of the regular season with our Top 150 players for the 2012 season.
No. 108: Cobi Hamilton, No. 11, Arkansas, Wide Receiver
Entering 2011, folks were looking for Greg Childs, Joe Adams and Jarius Wright to set the tone for the Razorbacks receiving core. What they got was Adams and Wright setting the pace, Chris Gragg becoming a major factor and a "new" guy emerging as the third-best wide receiver target, Cobi Hamilton.
Hamilton caught 34 balls, scored four touchdowns and finished third in receiving yards for the Hogs. The kid is a big, physical target that fits perfectly into Arkansas' wide-open scheme.
Unlike the smaller receivers on the roster, Hamilton can muscle for the football, is big enough to shake off tackles and has the speed to get loose in the open field.
Originally, Hamilton was higher up on the list. However, given recent events in Fayetteville, he's slid down just a bit.
No, not because of the Bobby Petrino fiasco, but rather because with Marquel Wade's status in flux and the return of Knile Davis, his job is going to be interesting. He is clearly their primary receiving target on the edge and has the ability to be one of the nation's best wideouts.
The questions for him will be how he grows into the role, especially with a slew of less than proven receivers around him. Davis helps open up the pass game, but no Wade means the Hogs will have to find a running mate to make their receivers work and get the holes open down the field as they did a year ago.
If Wade finds his way back onto the roster, expect Hamilton to have a year that could see him find his way onto All-American teams. He's a different type of receiver than Joe Adams, but the 1,000-yard mark is well within his grasp as long as there is a threat on the opposite side of the field for safeties to worry about.
Without Wade, Hamilton will still have some capable bodies opposite him, but he will be doing a lot more heavy lifting. One thousand yards is still within reach, as both he and Gragg become the two major targets. Hamilton will just have to use that big body to fight off double coverage and catch balls in traffic.
He's an All-SEC-caliber player and should land there this season for the Razorbacks.
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