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Damar Hamlin NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Buffalo Bills Safety

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Pittsburgh defensive back Damar Hamlin (3) plays against Virginia Tech in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Keith Srakocic/Associated Press

HEIGHT: 6' ⅞"

WEIGHT: 200

     

POSITIVES

—Good awareness in zone coverage.

—Plays man coverage well when given space to operate.

—Has above-average ball skills when playing receiver.

—Good reads and reaction to the ball in the air.

—Takes good initial angles to the ball and supports the run well.

     

NEGATIVES

—Above-average speed but lacks true burst and change of direction needed in coverage.

—Receivers continue to create separation out of breaks.

—Tackling is a question at times.

     

2020 STATISTICS

—66 tackles, 2 INT, 7 PBU

     

OVERALL

Hamlin is a versatile player who has been a staple for the Pitt secondary for some years now. His play has shown the ability to align deep or close to the line of scrimmage. He has the instincts to read and react to what he sees. Plays well in space but can lose some angles because of a lack of speed and agility. He also melts off too many tackles at times. Though he has some holes in his game that must be addressed, Hamlin has flashed enough and put together consistent tape to help add depth to a secondary.

     

GRADE: 6.6/10 (Career Backup/Rotational Player, Round 5)

OVERALL RANK: 234/300

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Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings

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