The Dallas Cowboys added South Carolina State safety Jakar Hamilton as an undrafted rookie free agent.
The first thing that stands out when looking at this young man is that he played at three different schools during his collegiate career. That might be why he was undrafted, but despite bouncing around from school to school, Hamilton doesn’t have any character issues that would hinder his development as a pro.
He does, however, have experience at both cornerback and safety, which is probably why he was high on the Cowboys priority list following the 2013 NFL Draft. As previous signings and draft picks will attest to, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett loves players that are versatile enough to play multiple positions.
What I like about Hamilton is his leaping ability. His vertical jump was measured at 41.5 inches. However, Hamilton isn’t very big, certainly not big enough to be an every-down safety at 5-11 186 lbs. In order for Hamilton to make an impact at the next level, he would undoubtedly have to gain more weight.
What I don’t like about Hamilton is that he’s not a physical presence in the run game. Because of his stature he’s vulnerable to getting swallowed up by oncoming blockers, and because of his size he’s not big enough or strong enough to shed those blocks.
The Cowboys probably liked Hamilton because he was a zone coverage safety while in college. He held his own in two-deep coverage and did a nice job playing the ball in the air. However, if he was asked to cover in single-high coverage, he became a liability.
If Hamilton makes the team, I cannot see him playing more than special teams early on, but he has the tools to make a name for himself.