A mesmerizing clip from Denver Broncos practice in 2018 shows then-rookie DaeSean Hamilton torching Pacman Jones.
If you ever see a clip of DaeSean Hamilton running wide open, don’t be surprised by it.
This guy was considered a highly advanced prospect in terms of his route running ability leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, and someone once asked me what that even means.
Don’t all receivers run the same routes?
That’s a good question.
Many college receivers run a limited route tree, which simply means their offense dictates their quarterback gets the ball out quickly, so they run slants, drag routes, fades, or screens most of the time and rely on their abilities after the catch.
You don’t see a ton of nuance at the college game, but some programs are still teaching their young players an NFL-caliber route tree, and that is true of the Penn State program, where Hamilton was almost strictly used out of the slot.
Hamilton’s route running put a number of defensive backs on skates during one-on-ones at the 2018 Senior Bowl where the Broncos’ coaching staff got the chance to work with him directly, but that prowess didn’t start or end in Mobile, AL.
Hamilton’s role as a rookie was limited — he was targeted 45 times and had 30 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns. But he was putting some nice things on tape every time he was on the field, and not just on gamedays, but during practice.
This clip of Hamilton at a Broncos practice shows him flat out embarrassing Pacman Jones in a one-on-one drill.
He sells the slant well, and then suddenly changes direction with a slight hand slap and Jones is sent to the ground.
I don’t know whether to laugh at this clip uncontrollably or look closely to admire Hamilton’s work here. This is such a stellar sell, he makes Pacman look like he’s never done the drill before, putting him on his backside.
This clip is likely not Hamilton’s only ‘win’ in this kind of drill throughout the year, and I’m sure he took some “L’s” as well, but this is outstanding work.