The Denver Broncos picked up wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was immediately seen as a solid slot guy, but he will see plenty of competition for playing time leading up to the start of the 2020 season.
#17 DaeSean Hamilton
Age 25. 6’1”, 206 lbs.
College: Penn State
In each of his first two seasons, Hamilton has been around 30 receptions and 270 yards. He hasn’t seen his role expanded yet, but the opportunities he did have were in key situations at times.
Despite the look on paper that Hamilton hasn’t expanded his role quite yet, he did come on strong late last season. He had two of his best games in the final two weeks of the season. The first was a win over the Detroit Lions where he caught six passes for 65 yards and a touchdown and followed that up with a five catch, 65 yard performance in a win over the now-defunct Oakland Raiders. His catch percentage rose dramatically catching 11 out of 12 passes those two games.
In those two games, Hamilton showed he could find the open spots for Drew Lock and made several key conversions to extend drives. The way he ended last season really makes a strong case for him heading into this season.
Consistency. Wide receivers tend to figure things out at the NFL level at a much slower pace than other positions. His drop percentage was sky high (6.3%) heading into those last two games, so he’ll need to show that he is progressing forward and that those final two games were not a fluke.
There is a crowded wide receiver room in Denver this year, but I do think DaeSean Hamilton will make the cut. Rookie wide receivers rarely come in and start Day 1, so they will have to prove they can out-play a guy like Hamilton on gameday before he sees his role significantly reduced.
What a plethora of weapons Denver is going to have in 2020. Hamilton was a capable starter down the stretch and is still a young guy who is growing in the NFL. Along with him Denver will have Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and KJ Hamler. Then there is Noah Fant...
It should be a fun 2020 if they get a chance to play some games.