Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina (HT: 5’9”; WT: 197 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Brandon Flowers, CB, Kansas City Chiefs
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- Despite having a short stature, he’s well built with a thick midsection, which should help him stay durable despite his physical nature.
- Good athlete overall, as he is fluid in his movements and has clean enough hips to adjust to passes.
- Plays a lot taller than what he measured, rarely allowing bigger receivers to jump over him or use their strength to box him out.
- Uses his length well when contesting passes. Throughout the 2013 season, he defensed many passes at the last possible second from great effort. He created multiple interception opportunities for nearby teammates from tipping passes up.
- Gives great effort when playing against the run. He will need to improve upon finishing plays, but he’s strong and smart when seeing the play develop.
- Excels in zone coverage, which allows him to keep his eyes on the quarterback and be responsible to a specific area. He could be the best pure zone cornerback in the class because of his eye discipline and ability to react quickly.
- Very good at jumping underneath routes while in Cover 2 and Cover 3 zone. Shows good route anticipation and confidence.
- Strong in man coverage when defending fades in the end zone. He’s not afraid to play physically and attack the ball.
- Played significant snaps as a free safety and was effective as a ranging player. His ability could lead to becoming a full-time safety if an NFL team doesn’t like his size at cornerback.
- Despite playing bigger than he measured at the NFL Scouting Combine, none of his physical measurements indicate he’s more than an average NFL-caliber athlete.
- Footwork still needs improvement when he’s backpedaling. His feet often lose technique and will sprawl outside of his hips. He has to keep his lower body squared with his shoulders to enhance explosion and limit wasted foot movement.
- Doesn’t explode out of pivots at a high enough level to consistently play in man coverage. When playing on the receiver, he often loses at the line of scrimmage due to his lack of quickness.
- Very poor at playing press-man coverage, as he lacks the length and technique to push the receiver off his route consistently.
- He’s likely limited to playing in a zone-heavy scheme to keep him from being a defensive liability.
- Very slow over longer distances, as his 4.69 40-yard dash confirms what the tape indicated. He needs safety help to lower the risks of getting burned deep.
- Has to start turning his head quicker when running with a receiver. He can play the ball very well once he locates it, but if he’s not facing the quarterback, he really doesn’t look back to the ball and he ends up playing the receiver.
- Has major character red flags that stem back to high school. He went through four high schools due to anger problems.
- Sociology major at the University of South Carolina.
- Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week in eight weeks of the 2013 season.
- Former 4-star recruit out of Darlington, South Carolina.
Hampton was often defined as a physical cornerback while at South Carolina, and while he was physical, that’s not how he is going to win in the NFL. He will be limited to playing a lot of off-man and zone coverage, where he can use his instincts and eye-discipline to make plays on the ball. In a deep class, a scheme specialist like Hampton will likely fall.
Draft Projection: Fifth round