NFL DRAFT Player Spotlight
Adrian Hamilton, DE, Prairie View A&M
Adrian Hamilton is the very productive Senior Defensive End from Prairie View A&M who had been the talk of a one bowl game already is doing it again. His electrifying 20.5 sacks this season broke the record of Robert Mathis in the SWAC and helped boost his name out there for college scouts. After putting on a major showing for NFL scouts at the HBCU Bowl, he was invited to the 2012 Casino Del Sol Bowl in Arizona. On his first day of practice, he opened some eyes with another amazing performance. He finished the day with 4 sacks and a ton of tackles in the backfield. Today he came back out there and did it again, getting in the backfield and sacking the QB again. Everyone questioned his ability to play against major competition but he is quickly quieting naysayers, who once doubted him. Adrian has had an amazing journey, but it has only made him stronger as a person, and a football player. I will now ask Adrian a few questions so the world can get a better understanding.
What has motivated you the most since you began your journey?
To become an NFL Player, that has been my biggest motivation.
Some NFL Scouts said that you are a physical specimen, who looks the part of a NFL DE/OLB, what do you do to keep in shape?
I run a lot, I am always running miles to stay in the best shape I can. I want to keep up my endurance up on and off the field.
You are well mannered young man, who do you give thanks to for that?
My mother, I had a very good upbringing, she is my love and my life.
You told me that you are a very religious man. You spent New Year’s at your church, so I want to know, What is your favorite Bible scripture?
Psalms 84: 11, For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
Did you ever dream of being an NFL Football Player?
I have always dreamed of becoming and NFL football player, and It became a reality when I came off the streets and walked on to make the team at Texas Tech. That was a great accomplishment.
Who is your favorite football player to watch on film and why?
My favorite football player to watch on film is Lawrence Taylor, who redefined edge rushing in the game. I have learned many moves from watching film on him.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
What was your most memorable moment in college football?
When I was able to set the single season sack record against Alabama A&M. It was so special because the record was held by Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts, who was an Alabama A&M Alumni.
I have been watching film on you all year as a scout, and I see your moves are something special, What is your favorite move to use and Why?
A stab move, is my favorite because it is a mix between power and speed, and you are able to do so much out of it. It is a great set up move, and if you can get your hands on the guy in front of you, there are many options.
Where have you been working out since the season ended?
Fourth and Inches, located in South Lake, Texas who is ran by Noel Scarlett who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th Round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
Who has been your biggest mentor since college?
I would have to say Gabe Northern, my Defensive Line Coach and Strength and Conditioning coach at Prairie View A&M. He has tons of experience as he was an LSU Alumni and a second round pick by the Buffalo Bills.
Finish this sentence, Come April I will show the world _________________?
That I will become the first person to get drafted from Prairie View A&M since Matthew Teague, LB who was drafted in the seventh round of the 1980 draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
I would like to Thank Adrian Hamilton for this wonderful opportunity and I knew when I first saw him that he was a special talent. He will be in the NFL, mark my words.