Jaguars snag DaVon Hamilton in 3rd round

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The Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton out of Ohio State in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 73rd overall.

The Jaguars are rebuilding their defensive line after trading Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens and releasing Marcell Dareus.

Hamilton is the third defensive player taken by Jacksonville following the selections of cornerback CJ Henderson and pass-rusher K'Lavon Chaisson in the first round.

The former Buckeyes standout racked up six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in 13 games during his senior season in 2019.

Prospect Profile

School: Ohio State
Height: 6-4
Weight: 320 lbs

Positives

  • Good size with excellent upper- and lower-body strength
  • Potent bullrush that gives blockers trouble
  • Very good run defender - able to eat up rush lanes and make a number of tackles behind the line of scrimmage
  • Solid post-snap burst for his size
  • Shown ability to win against double teams
  • Good awareness to understand offensive line movements and plays
  • Excellent tackler with good closing speed

Negatives

  • Lacking college production
  • Was a rotational player for most of his career
  • Doesn't utilize many pass-rush moves
  • Can be overeager and lose sight of the ball

Bottom line

Hamilton never played more than 60% of Ohio State's defensive snaps in a single year during his college career, but there's untapped potential here. The defensive tackle is extremely powerful at the point of attack and a natural space-eater, making him an ideal fit in a two-gap system. His technique and strength in the run game will give him a role on early downs, but Hamilton's pass-rush skills could improve with the help of an NFL offensive line coach. He'll never be Aaron Donald, but the former Buckeye can develop into a starter in an odd- or even-front defense.

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