Height: 5' - 9" Conference: Missouri Valley
Weight: 218 lbs
Arm Length: 31"
College: Southern Illinois
Hand Size: 9 5/8"
Expert Grade: 56.0
Overview Hampton is an early entry junior who transferred after three years at Iowa where he excelled as a freshman and was hampered by injuries the next two years. He was a decorated high school recruit who showed that ability again in his fourth year being the featured back in Southern's offense. He displayed the ability to handle the bulk of carries for a team and is an efficient back when given an opportunity.
Strengths Hampton is a tireless runner who relies on his thick thighs and power to carry piles for yardage production. He is an inside runner who is quick off the snap to hit the hole. He is good to shuffle his body to avoid trash and get back in line to hit the hole. He is a sudden accelerator whose short area burst allows him to get to the second level quickly, where he has a little wiggle and serious power to force drag-tackles and gain an extra 3 yards after contact. He is a compact athlete who has deceptive speed in the open field. He has an ideal frame to block in pass protection and could be relied upon in that role as a rookie.
Weaknesses Hampton has below-average speed for the position and will struggle to separate from defenders and break into the open field at the next level. He won't be a team's best option as a receiver out of the backfield and will be a limited short-yardage player. There's a chance he could be productive in a featured role, but it's likely any team that selects him will simply have more athletically gifted backs in the stable.
Hit with a pair of ACL tears at Iowa and an ankle injury at Southern Illinois, the former Warren Central running back remains determined to make it in the NFL.