Cobi Hamilton to Bengals: How Does WR Fit with Cincinnati?

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Cobi Hamilton to Bengals: How Does WR Fit with Cincinnati?
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals have a new weapon in wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead with their sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft but were far from done as the team also held onto a pick just seven selections later. 

With that pick at No. 197, the Bengals found themselves with another playmaker at the wide receiver position in the form of Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton

The Bengals are already extremely deep at the wide receiver position on the depth chart, especially after last year's draft, but Hamilton has enough talent and ability to potentially sneak onto the roster and make some noise. 

Let's take a look at how Hamilton fits with his new team. 

 

Role 

Who Cobi Hamilton Compares to in the NFL

In Cincinnati, the depth chart is what you could call deep and talented. Of course, there's elite wide receiver A,J. Green leading the way, but it certainly does not end there. 

Behind Green are two second-year players in Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones, who are both talented enough to act as the No. 2 receiver across from Green and hold onto the second and third slots on the depth chart with ease. 

Then there's gadget player and slot man Andrew Hawkins. After him, Brandon Tate, Ryan Whalen, Justin Hilton and Dane Sanzenbacher are engaged in a massive battle for playing time and roster spots. 

Got all that?

The good news for Bengals fans is Hamilton only makes the group better. He weighs in at 6'2" and 212 pounds and is known as a bit of a finesse receiver who relies on screen passes and quick hits to make his money—which is what the West Coast approach in Cincinnati utilizes. 

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Hamilton posted well over 1,300 yards receiving and five touchdowns last year in his senior year after emerging from the shadows of three of his teammates who were selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. 

While he certainly has the skills to make plays, it's going to be a long climb up the depth chart for Hamilton. He has too many issues dealing with contact and needs to improve as a route-runner before being promoted to the roster. 

Hamilton is likely destined for the practice squad, although injuries or an outstanding preseason could propel him to a No. 5 spot. As of now, the top four spots on the depth chart seem all but locked into place. 

 

Early Projections 

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The combination of size and skills Hamilton possesses make it hard to think the Bengals would let him slip away, especially when he can potentially be coached up into something more. 

For that reason, Hamilton will likely spend his rookie season on the practice squad like others before him in Cincinnati have, such as receiver Armon Binns

A few years down the line, Hamilton could develop into a nice third or fourth option on the depth chart depending on how things shake out in Cincinnati.

If not, the Bengals did not exactly give up a lot in the way of compensation to take the risk on Hamilton in the first place. 

 

All pertinent prospect info courtesy of CBS

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