Bengals draft Hamilton in sixth round
Posted: April 27, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton spent a long time waiting, but finally heard his name called when the Cincinnati Bengals selected him Saturday.
The Bengals drafted Hamilton with the 29th pick of the sixth round and with the 197th pick overall.
In his time at Arkansas, Hamilton broke several school receiving records, including the most yards in a game with 303 yards against Rutgers and the most yards (1,335) and receptions (90) in a single season -- all records which had been previously held by Jarius Wright, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings. The Texarkana, Texas native also became Arkansas' all-time career receptions leader against LSU, when he recorded 10 catches for 98 yards, giving him 175 total receptions in his career.
Hamilton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL combine.
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound receiver will join former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green in Cincinnati. Hamilton may have an opportunity to compete for playing time early, as the Bengals had a variety of receivers that caught passes behind Green last season.
Andrew Hawkins, a 5-foot-7 receiver, had the third-most receiving yards for the Bengals last season behind Green and tight end Jermaine Gresham. Hawkins tallied 533 yards receiving, but four other Cincinnati receivers, Brandon Tate, Armon Binns, Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu, also recorded more than 150 yards receiving last season. The Dolphins acquired Binns in the offseason.