PROS: Big and powerful dude with good athleticism for his size. He’s tough to move. Outstanding run defender that quickly processes, responds and competes for his gap. Takes on double teams and holds his own. Easily handles drive blocks and fights pressure with pressure while holding his ground. Love his ability to see and play through blocks. Has enough lateral mobility for his role. Plays with good bend and leverage to maximize his functional strength. Has some appeal as a penetration-style interior linemen as well, providing some position flex for even fronts. Hands are heavy and enable him to create quick leverage in the rep. Has the ability to challenge the depth of the pocket with a strong bull rush on passing downs. If he gets on the same level as quarterback, he has no issues disengaging and finishing.
CONS: Pass rushing skill set is underdeveloped and he needs to be more effective using his length while working to the edges of blocks so he can work through gaps. Doesn’t have dynamic twitch or upper body flexibility to reduce his surface area and slice through gaps. Has not played a ton of snaps in his career despite being a senior.
BEST TRAIT - Power
WORST TRAIT - Pass Rush Plan
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - BJ Hill
Davon Hamilton is a senior from Ohio State but he has untapped potential considering he didn’t start until his final season as a Buckeye and still only played a modest amount of reps. That said, it’s easy to notice his massive frame, power and excellent mobility for his size. His run defense is stellar. Hamitlon is a fast processor with a stout anchor and he quickly works through contact. He has significant room for growth as a pass rusher, but there are tools to develop and he is a powerful pocket pusher. Hamilton is best utilized as a one-tech in an even front but there is some appeal for him to situationally play three-technique as well. At a minimum, Hamilton should be a standout run defender but he has the potential to develop into much more.