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Ken Hamlin

DB | (6-2, 209, 4.6) | Arkansas
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Finished his college career as Arkansas' all-time leading tackler, despite playing only three seasons. Started as a freshman in 2000 and posted 104 tackles, one tackle for loss, seven passes defensed and two interceptions. In 2001, played in 11 games and had 118 tackles, broke up 10 passes, forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had three interceptions. Spent 10 days in jail as punishment for his second drunk driving arrest in 14 months. Was suspended from the team but re-instated. Was named first-team SEC in '02. Played in all 13 games and led the team with 144 tackles, including five tackles for loss, four interceptions and broke up 10 passes. Played hurt at times in '02, including the SEC title game, but it wasn't evident in his style of play.

Positives: A big, physical safety who can be dominant against the run near the line of scrimmage or run with backs out of the backfield in coverage. Plays like a linebacker when he's in the box but displays average-plus range as well. Forces receivers to become timid coming across the middle and is a good athlete. Can match up with some receivers in the slot and holds his own against tight ends. Can close on balls in front of him and adjusts and makes plays on balls in the air. Can make decapitating hits, but does wrap well at times. Excellent changing directions.

Negatives: Can play with no control at times and has mental lapses in coverage, especially when he gets locked into a run-stuffer's mentality, and bites on misdirection, play fakes and shifting before the play. Will be questioned about his character, though he seems contrite about past transgressions. Doesn't key and diagnose, which takes him out of position. Is mechanical when changing directions quickly. Needs to be tutored by position coaches in classroom and film study.

Summary: An intimidating safety in the Steve Atwater, Rodney Harrison mold who could turn out as the top safety in this draft after a few years in the NFL, but his stock doesn't reflect his potential right now because of off-the-field issues.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.