The Cincinnati Bengals have now signed their third draft pick after they reached an agreement with 6th-round wide receiver Cobi Hamilton. The former Arkansas Razorback was viewed as great value at where he was taken, but with the WR spot being pretty crowded as it is,Hamilton will face a long training camp battle with the likes of Brandon Tate, Ryan Whalen, and Taveon Rogers for one of those final roster spots.
After backing up Arkansas’ big three receivers in 2011, Hamilton had a breakout first season as a starter catching 90 passes for over 1,300 yards. However, I was disappointed when I evaluated him on film because his routes are choppy, he struggles to get separation from man coverage and fights/drops too many passes he should easily catch. While he lacks premier speed, I think he has enough speed to be a big play maker in the NFL, but his struggles catching the ball consistently make it unlikely he will ever become the player he has the talent to be. Overall, I would not draft Hamilton as highly as he is likely to be drafted because of the reasons mentioned above. I think he will become an inconsistent starter who struggles with drops throughout his career, but continues to get playing time because of his ability to make big plays running after the catch.